York Green Party

Guildhall Councillor Denise Craghill

Denise works part-time as a fundraiser for the Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which includes organising community fundraising events such as the Day of Dance at Saltaire. A qualified librarian, she has previously worked in local government in York and in Sheffield, gaining experience of working with a wide range of Council departments and with the voluntary and community sector.

A member of the Green Party since 1990, she has campaigned on global and local issues. She has been a member of Fulford Parish Council since 2008, where she has helped to promote the Social Hall as a community venue and been an active member of the Sustainability Committee. She was chair of the Management Committee at York Steiner School for five years and was a governor at Fulford Secondary School for four years. A founding committee member of the Friends of Fulford Cross Nature Reserve, she is also a member of the Friends of New Walk.

She took the lead in presenting the Green Party's case against the Germany Beck development at the public inquiry and more recently has written a number of the Green Party's submissions to the Local Development Framework, including on the City Centre Action Plan. She is a member of the York Environment Forum and was involved in the early development of York in Transition, a non-party political grass-roots group which works to tackle climate change and 'peak oil' (rising energy prices) at the local level. She took part in the consultations which led to the recent publication of the 'City Beautiful' vision for the future of York and is currently an active member of York Against the Cuts - the local broad-based campaign against the Coalition Government's cuts to public services.

When she has time she likes dancing, walking and attempting to grow her own vegetables. She lives in the Broadway area of Fulford with partner Andy D'Agorne.

She says, "Over the last couple of years I have spent a lot of time going door to door in Guildhall ward and getting to know about local issues. As a city centre ward, it has a rich variety of different housing areas and different issues, from traditional terraces to new flats and high density housing. I am particularly concerned that the needs and views of city centre residents should be fully taken into account as part of any plans for the future of the city centre.

"I believe the Green Party has an important part to play in ensuring that York has a sustainable future with the good quality of life that many residents already cherish and which should be accessible to all. I think it is important to resist the deeply damaging Government cuts, but also to work with residents to find creative ways of dealing with them and to retain a clear vision for the future. I am very proud to represent Guildhall ward on the city council."

Contact Denise at: cllr.dcraghill@york.gov.uk.

Denise Craghill

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