Andy D’Agorne to give talk on 18 January

Councillor Andy D'Agorne

Cllr Andy D’Agorne is one
of two councillors for Fishergate
ward and he will give a talk to the Friends of St Lawrence on Friday 18th
January about his life as a York councillor.  All are welcome to come to
meet the city’s longest-serving Green Party councillor who was first elected in
2003. Andy hopes to encourage others to serve as local councillors, a role
which he sees as vitally important for ordinary residents. His aim is to deal with
local people’s concerns, to “smarten up the local environment and
build an inclusive caring community.”

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 which includes
improving air quality and encouraging recycling.

The talk begins at 7.30pm in the Church Hall in Lawrence
Street, just outside Walmgate Bar. It will be followed by tea and cake. A
suggested donation of a £2.00 or above is the entrance charge.

Andy D’Agorne has always had an interest in
the environment and says he was first inspired to think about global issues by
the Apollo pictures of the earth from space 50 years ago. From a childhood
passion for Archaeology and Geology he went to Hull University to get a
degree in Earth Sciences. At university he got involved in student community
volunteering for a year before completing teacher training. He also
launched a paper recycling system from the university halls of residence
30 years before kerbside recycling became commonplace.

In 1982 he qualified as a Careers Adviser at Nottingham Trent before working
first in Rotherham and then Sheffield in the days of steel closures and
the miners strike. It was during the early 80’s peace campaigning in
Sheffield that he met his partner Denise. The couple moved to York in 2000
so that their then 7 year old daughter could attend the York Steiner
Andy first joined the Green Party in 1990, a decision he says was motivated by
the 15% vote in the European Elections and the dramatic English hurricane
of 1987. He has a longstanding track record of activism – from CND to the
Poll Tax campaign, union officer in NALGO, UNISON and UCU and transport
campaigning. Standing for election first in Sheffield, he quickly got
involved in the York Green Party as climate change became topical after the
2000 floods in York. From 2001-17 he worked at York College, coordinating
careers and transport before deciding to take early retirement to focus
more on political and environmental campaigning. Apart from promoting
Green issues his passions include photography, cycle campaigns and world
music – he sings tenor in the York world music choir Chechelele having been a founder member of the
campaign choir Sheffield Socialist Choir since it first formed in 1988 in
solidarity with the Anti Apartheid movement in South Africa.
While Andy has stood a couple of times for the Green Party for MP he is
happiest working with local people in the Fishergate ward to deal with
their concerns, smarten up their local environment and build an inclusive
caring community. Council committees and door to door leafleting and
canvassing also keep him busy. All City of York councillors end their
current term of office in May this year and Andy will be standing again to
serve for 2019 – 2023.

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