Denise Craghill

Guildhall Ward Councillor

Guildhall Councillor
Denise Craghill

I qualified as a librarian and worked in local government in Sheffield including running a specialist library in the economic development department and later on liaison work with the voluntary and community sector. I worked briefly in York libraries before becoming a fundraiser and events organiser for the Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). This included organising the Day of Dance at Saltaire for over ten years.

Originally from the Lake District, I have lived in York since 2000. I became a member of the Green Party in 1990 and have campaigned on a wide range of local and global issues, always believing in the power of individuals working together to make a difference.

I have been a member of Fulford Parish Council for four years, chaired the Council of management at York Steiner School for 5 years and was a governor at Fulford School for a 4 year term.

Since my election for Guildhall ward in May 2015,  I have concentrated mostly on being a councillor, supporting local residents and working on issues relevant to the ward. I am a member of the committee of the Groves Association and worked very hard to support residents in getting the new Walmgate Community Association established. I chair the Friends of New Walk. and am currently (up to April 2019) a member of the Area Planning Committee and the Health and Well Being Board. I was previously a member of the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee and chaired the Learning and Culture Policy and Scrutiny Committee for a year. I have brought successful motions to Full Council calling for further action to tackle homelessness and food poverty in York and have taken part in task groups looking at play facilities, public health spending and the sudden closure of Bootham Park Mental Health Hospital.

I live in Fishergate ward with my partner and Fishergate councillor, Andy D’Agorne and have one grown up daughter. I recently turned my small south-facing front garden over to vegetable growing, which has made me feel even more a part of York’s expanding edible growing culture – and led to lots of interesting conversations with passers -by!

Denise says ‘I have loved being a councillor for Guildhall ward for the last 3 – 4 years. I’ve learned a lot and would really like the opportunity to build on this over the next 4 years. Working with residents to make things happen is a highlight of the job.’

Yes to @CarolineLucas standing up to Theresa May! 💚

There's no other option now: we need a #PeoplesVote.

Will you join us & back Caroline today? 👇

Yesterday, Vancouver city council voted unanimously to declare a #climateemergency. City staff have 90 days to report on how to move forward.

The Groves Association @Groves_York AGM on Tues 29th January, 6.30pm at @Door84YouthClub . Speakers: the Groves Regeneration Project, our new ward support worker and local residents. Come to listen or get involved in a great new team for the Groves area. New Treasurer needed.

Congrats to @YvetteCooperMP! Amendment passed 303 to 296

Important step forward - now there’s clear evidence that there’s a majority in parliament *against* No Deal

PM must now stop using that threat, recognise no majority for her deal either - and support a #PeoplesVote

The leaf mould bin is well and truely filled thanks @GoodGymYork and @ecoyorkcyc. Plus Audrey happy with the help in her no dig plot!

"It’s a shame the Home Secretary seems to need reminding that seeking asylum is a right & the UK has an obligation to assess claims fairly & grant protection to those who need it." Our response to Sajid Javid's comments about people crossing the channel:

Busy morning handing out leaflets about rail fare increases to travellers. We need #betterrailservice @TeamAndy4York @RosieMicklegate @SamuelBiram @YorkGreens @ChloeLaversuch @theyorkmix @yorkpress

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