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.’

Well done everyone for some great self-organised social distancing in sunny Tower Gardens today & @CityofYork city centre cleaners for all the extra litter picking! #york #InItTogether #letsbeyork

We’ve put together a toolkit of guidance, posters and floor stickers to help #York businesses reopen safely on Monday. Download it all and we’ve got free packs including one these floor stickers and posters. Order asap for collection Friday.


Great to see Deans Park now reopened. City centre residents will very much welcome a chance to enjoy this lovely green space. Thank you @York_Minster for responding to their requests @YorkGreens #york #KeepYourDistance

👉 Crews will be working hard to empty every green bin from this week, but this might take longer than usual.

Please bear with us as we clear the backlog. If your bin isn't emptied on your scheduled collection day, please leave your bin out and we'll come back. Thankyou

Sheila's Fruit & Veg and Swains Family Butchers are open and trading today at the Shambles Market today.

Please remember to only purchase essential supplies and observe social distancing. @CityOfYork

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