York Green Party has welcomed a delegation from our twin city in Germany
The five visitors from Die Grünen Münster stayed with local party members and visited historic buildings such as the newly-refurbished Mansion House (pictured here, top) as well as the thriving new community of businesses at Spark:York.
Councillor Dave Taylor says, “I’d been treated to such a welcoming reception when visiting Münster as Lord Mayor to plan for the 60th anniversary of the twinning of our two cities, that I wanted to show our visitors some of the best of York in return.”
A reception held at Barley Hall, (pictured above, bottom) was one highlight when the visitors met representatives from the York-Münster Association and had a tour of the fascinating timber-framed medieval building, as well as tours of the city centre and The New Walk and Rowntree Park.
“Naturally, we also wanted to talk about environmental issues,” continued Councillor Taylor, “and so we took a look around the revamped Foss Barrier and discussed climate change and natural flood management measures with The Environment Agency.”
The visit ended with sharing food at a barbecue in conjunction with “York For Europe”and some good-humoured banter whilst watching the Eurovision Song Contest at St. Nick’s Environment Centre.
Niklas Haarbusch who is speaker for the Green university group in Münster and a member of the senate of the university, thanked York Green Party “for three amazing and most interesting days in the lovely city of York”.
The two parties have agreed to maintain contact and share common ideas for the future about electoral reform, housing policy, fracking, cycling, and education.