Update from Councillor Rosie Baker

Rosie Baker cooking

It was Rosie’s first meeting as vice-chair of the
Climate Emergency Committee on 10th September. You can watch the
webcast here:

You can also read The Press article highlighting Rosie’s suggestion for awareness training on climate emergency, or ‘Carbon Literacy’ as YGP’s policy officer Kate Lock has recommended – needed for officers and members alike.

At Health and Well-being Board Rosie
asked important questions of the NHS and CCG about GP access and has
consequently been invited to a meeting with them. This is an ’emerging issue’
on Healthwatch’s action plan but Rosie called it out as a pertinent one for her
residents. The NHS manager responded that it is a national issue, not a local
one. Healthwatch’s rep said it is one of their top complaints in a recent
survey but didn’t know yet know about the Cherry Street clinic issues in
Micklegate. Rosie will be liaison with them passing on all Nunnery area and
Clementhorpe concerns so Healthwatch can build up a picture.

The Mental Health
Partnership Board’s chair reported on their work at this meeting. Prevention
was highlighted as possibly a gap here and the chair explained this must start
pre-birth. Rosie therefore questioned where education representation was on
that partnership and the response was the assistant irector of education does
attend. Personally, Rosie would like to inspire more theoretical work on cause
and effect done in relation to not only the curriculum we teach but how we
teach it, and especially the effects of over reliance on technology.

The Better Care Fund was
also discussed and Rosie undertook to lobby senior officers for more and
extended funding for the reach of Local Area Coordination. This is something
her fellow ward councillors strongly feel is necessary for Micklegate due to
the serious drug problems in the area.

She also attended Human Rights and Equalities board recently and undertook to work on a Homelessness task group mapping the services, informal and formal, for people in York who are rough sleepers or homeless. This will be carried out with Peaseholme Charity and Social Vision. Rosie has mapped services for food poverty and community transport in previous roles.

What about those annoying Caravans! Last month Micklegate councillors had a very useful ‘walkabout’ with highways officers. Rosie’s input has resulted in new caravan park signs being ordered / placed better to stop the issues around Clementhorpe of vehicles going down dead ends, damaging people’s cars and generally being one of the frequent things residents complain about in the area.

Finally Rosie had a productive meeting last Friday with 4 guys from sports clubs and 4 senior officers from Property and Parks – the only woman at the table – ! discussing why the essential refurbishment of Rowntrees park tennis pavilion has been delayed for so long and what the next steps are. Views are particularly sort from Friends Of Rowntrees Park as to how more facilities could benefit everyone and Rosie pointed out how social prescribing referral services would welcome better sports / leisure facilities for people in the ward.

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