I’ve lived in York for over 30 years, all my adult life, and as soon as I moved here I got involved in civic life, becoming the Good Neighbour contact for my street. I have been an active volunteer in many local groups, from starting a Credit Union to starting York Rotters and teaching composting, to helping to launch Red Tower, getting trees planted with Treemendous and picking and distributing fruit with Abundance York. I’m keen on sustainable transport solutions too, being a cyclist and public transport user, and take part in planning applications and Council decision-making, such as the recently declared Climate Emergency. I am willing to put a lot of work in, even if it looks unlikely that there will be a positive outcome, such as trying to stop housing being built on Windmill Lane Playing Fields, a group I chaired. I’m lucky to have a supportive wife and paid work as an entertainer which enable me to spend time with community matters. As a Councillor I would drop many of the voluntary posts and put all my energies into representing Hull Road Ward citizens and helping make York a better place to live.
My name is Patrick and I’m a second year Politics and International Relations student at the University of York. I’m the President and co-founder of the University Gardening Society and a passionate environmental activist with the group Extinction Rebellion, who successfully pushed York council to declare a Climate Emergency to effectively reduce our local impact on the planet and look after local green spaces.
I’m running for council for the Green Party on May 2nd because we really need people on the Council who have a positive vision for the future – I will work collaboratively with other parties for the good of our city and local environment. Our council needs the influence of Greens to make York better for all its residents, and it needs to reflect all ages that make up our local community.
I joined the Green Party in 2001, for the sensible attitude to energy, food and water. As a scientist I have long been concerned about the ‘running-down’ of the resources we and all other species rely upon for life. These are serious problems, but ones which we can address now we know how.
On a more local scale, I am secretary of the committee of Friends of Fulford Community Orchard – we have worked to restore an orchard of traditional fruit trees and have had the site designated a ‘National Traditional Orchard’ and ‘Habitat of Priority Importance’, so that there will always be a refuge for wildlife (and a nice place to stroll) next to the Designer Outlet.
I am a member of Broadway Area Neighbours and Friends, who look after Fenby Field – our local playing-field, as well as other green spaces in the neighbourhood.
I live in Fishergate ward with my husband and we have two grown-up children. I write science fiction and fantasy – much of it set here in York. On Tuesdays I volunteer in the Oxfam bookshop in the city centre, and every summer I enjoy running our coconut shy at some of York’s most popular fetes.