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Clifton

Clifton ward includes the three neighbourhoods of Hotwells, Cliftonwood and Clifton village and the housing is mainly a mix of Georgian and Victorian terraces.  The ward is densely populated with many students as well as families and retired people and almost half of the homes are owner-occupied, with only 5% rented from the Council.  Visitors are attracted to Clifton village, the Downs, the waterfront at Hotwells and, of course, the Suspension Bridge.

The ward has no secondary school and some children go out of Bristol or to private schools but Cotham School, where many children from the ward go, has been judged ‘Excellent’ by Ofsted, as has Hotwells Primary School, which is in the ward, and Christ Church C of E Primary School, which is just in the Clifton East ward but is attended by children from Clifton.
The census and other research show that, compared to the Bristol average, the people in Clifton ward are less likely to claim to have a religion and more likely to walk to work and eat organic, locally grown and fair-trade food.  We are also happier, healthier and much better-educated. 
We do, however, have our problems.  Most of the Georgian and Victorian houses have no parking places and many of the larger houses have been turned into flats, each with its own car (or three).  This makes parking a real problem for residents and this is made worse by commuters using our roads as a free car park.  Opinion is divided on whether having Residents’ Parking would improve matters. 

The many bars, cafes and restaurants in the ward are well-used local amenities but some residents believe you can have too much of a good thing, especially when the winers and diners leave loudly late at night.  Nevertheless, most of us would not want to live anywhere else.

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