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.’

Bercow says the Government cannot hold vote after vote on a #Brexit deal already rejected twice by MPs.

It's only right that the public now have their say with #PeoplesVote.

If they too reject it, we must remain in the EU and heal our divided communities.

We’re calling on Parliament to declare a #ClimateEmergency

This should include:

🌍 A Green New Deal for the UK
🙋 A Select Committee on climate breakdown
💰 Funding for local authorities to tackle climate change

Sign & share with everyone 👇

The River #Ouse peaked around 4m by the Viking Recorder this morning & will remain high throughout the day, starting to fall late this evening and overnight, expected down to 3.4m by 6am tomorrow. Not expected to rise again in immediate future #york @YorkPrepared

Out with hundreds of young people in York for the #fridaysforfuture #schoolstrike4climate, with @YorkGreens and @XR_York. We need @CityofYork to listen to the science and declare a #ClimateEmergency in York.

And we're Green! #GlobalGreening Looks amazing if we do say so ourselves! Thanks a lot to
@TourismIreland @CityofYork


Just how is #YouthStrike4Climate not part of learning? Science, politics, civil rights, art (great placards!), creativity, team-working, English language, public speaking, initiative, leadership - education is for life - as the placard said 'this is what education looks like!'

Thanks to all the young people involved in the #ClimateStrike today @TheGreenParty stands with you

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