Andy has represented Fishergate ward for the Green Party since being elected as one of the first Green councillors for York in 2003. He lives in the Fulford end of the ward with partner and Guildhall Green councillor Denise Craghill and has a grown up daughter who is a graduate of Edinburgh University. Having worked at York College for 16 years as a student counsellor, he retired in October 2017 to concentrate on representing residents and the party on the council.
His interests include cycling, tackling York’s transport problems, world music (singing with a local choir) and photography. His name originates from his grandfather who emigrated from Mauritius in the beginning of the 20th century. As ‘Green Group Leader’ on the council he regularly meets with chief officers and attends ‘Leaders’ meetings and has worked with other councillors of all the parties in the interests of the city and his constituents.Over the years he has been involved in everything from securing LED lighting on the Millennium Bridge, campaigning for all flood protected access to the bridge, blocking extension of the marina along the riverbank, cycle lanes on Fulford Road, improvements outside Broadway shops, flooding, gritting, and setting up the snow warden scheme. He has supported residents to get yellow lines or who wanted a residents parking scheme to ensure bin lorries were not impeded. He has also helped to secure groups of residents willing to take responsibility for local green spaces, such as the community garden in Alma Grove, the Friends of Danesmead Wood and Fenby Field groups, Fulford Cross green and the wildflower area near to Millennium Bridge.
From supporting local residents trying to block the felling of magnificent beech trees to calling for an inquiry into fire safety following the dramatic roof fire at Fulford Place flats, he has taken up issues that concern local residents as well as working to promote the ‘green agenda’ on the City of York Council.
I work at City Screen and am married to Susie who had supported me as Lady Mayoress during my year as Lord Mayor. I like cats, Surrealist art and curry, and have lived in Fishergate Ward since 1993.
I’ve tried to do my bit to improve life for people in our part of York and for the city as a whole. I’m not interested in a career in politics or in party-political dogma, but I’d say that the Greens genuinely offer a better vision for the future and ideas to make things better today.
Before working at the City of York Council for seven years, I was an IT Consultant for fifteen years in private industry. My council stint took me into every department so I learnt how this council really operates! A further five years as Marketing Director of the Inward Investment Board provided me with a breadth of knowledge of York’s traditional employers and ‘Science City York’ bioscience, IT and creative industries.
Since being elected to represent people in Fishergate:
I’ve promoted higher standards for Councillors and public servants, and battled for officers bullied within the Council.
brought Police and Council officials together to listen to public concerns about anti-social behaviour and get it under control.
Green councillors negotiated a free home insulation package for householders in York and successfully lobbied for large-scale investment in solar panels to reduce people’s energy costs.
I became the first Green Councillor appointed to chair a Council scrutiny committee – investigating a ‘Cultural Quarter’ for York, aimed at gaining investment for the city, not creating boundaries.
I’ve since been appointed as the Chair of the Children, Education & Communities Scrutiny Committee which holds the Executive to account for policy and performance in those subject areas.
As Lord Mayor of York 2016-17 I raised over £50,000 for my chosen charities: York Civic Trust, York LGBT Forum, York Racial Equality Network and St. Nick’s (a former landfill site redeveloped as a nature reserve).
During my year as Lord Mayor I was honoured to sign a twinning agreement with the city of Nanjing with the Mayor of that historic Chinese city, and also to sign the declaration of York as the UK’s first Human Rights City
Concerned about local shops and services I authored the publication ‘Local Shops for Local People’. I support IndieYork promoting independent businesses and retailers in York. We must use them or lose them.
As a founder of York Sport & Leisure Campaign, I opposed the loss of sports provision from the city centre. The destruction of the pool and sports facilities at York Barbican Centre was a disgrace. At least the auditorium is now open for concerts.
I was proud to have been appointed as York’s first Heritage Champion. In that role, I lobbied MPs, Lords and even Royalty in respect of York’s historic environment and continually made the case for better conservation and protection for our great city.
As a life member of York Civic Trust I am convinced that we all have a responsibility to fight to ‘Keep York Special’.
As a core member of the Castle Area Campaign I battled hard to prevent the building of an ugly shopping mall next to Clifford’s Tower. We won at that time and now must make sure that the Castle-Piccadilly project is a major improvement for the city.
I served on the Management Committee of The Friends of St. Nicholas Fields, and support The Friends Of New Walk, The Redfearn Community and volunteers aiming to fill the gaps as the Council is starved of funding by central government.
With my immensely hard-working colleague in Fishergate Ward, Andy D’Agorne, I’ve lobbied against the Council’s budget cuts. We need more Green Party representatives to push our innovative ideas through to defend people’s jobs and save your public services.