Village’s bank bid


KIPPAX residents have launched a campaign to bring a bank to the village.

Householders and traders have signed a petition in a bid to persuade Co-operative Bank to open in the village’s Co-op supermarket on High Street.

The campaign is backed by Leeds City Council leader Coun Keith Wakefield, ward and parish councillors, and Kippax Traders’ Association.

Coun Wakefield said: “Kippax has been without a bank for too long so I am fully behind this campaign.

“The current situation is inconvenient for people and businesses in the village and a local bank would make a huge difference. I’d encourage as many people as possible to sign the online petition.

“If people get behind the campaign, we will hopefully then see a bank reopened as soon as possible, which would be a boost for residents and for Kippax’s economy.”

The idea was discussed with the Co-operative at a recent meeting and flyers have been distributed to houses in the area.

Kippax – which has a population of around 10,000 and 39 active trading businesses on High Street – has not had a bank for ten years after the closure of Barclays at Cross Hills.

To sign the petition visit or call in to a High Street shop.