Councillor - Heslington
I am incredibly proud to serve as the Councillor for Heslington. I've lived in York since 2007, moving here to study at the University, and since graduating I have worked to give something back into the area that has done so much for me. York is an exceptional city - as demonstrated by the passion its residents, new and old, show for it - and Heslington demonstrates this perfectly. With two very different communities that both bring a huge amount to the city, I see my role as to bring them together and find common ground to try and improve the area for everyone.
My priority is to make sure that the area remains a wonderful place to live, work and study. A few successes so far include:
- Securing an accreditation scheme to ensure the quality and appearance of private rented housing, and continuing to work to make sure this is effective.
- Bringing the Students' Union and Parish Council together to lobby the University to provide a greater amount of on-campus accommodation and better on-campus facilities.
- Improving cycling facilities to reduce traffic, including more bike racks in the village to reduce bikes chained to railings and, after my lobbying, plans being brought forward for a long-awaited University Road cycle path. We have also overseen a number of improvements to bus services, including the reinstatement of the 4 service to Hes East, reduced prices, and a new citywide ticket that can be used on any bus service, particularly useful to Heslington which is served by multiple bus companies.
- Installing new lighting on Retreat Lane, improving safety of those using it after an almost 20 year campaign, and continuing to campaign for more lighting and other safety improvements.
- Introducing a Low Mill Close ResPark Scheme with increased operating hours, Low Lane parking restrictions, and stepped-up enforcement on Main Street.
- A relentless drive to improve job opportunities, which has seen York consistently beat national employment trends.
- Dealing with casework around parking, drainage, street cleaning and planning.
- Ongoing efforts to improve community relations, speak up for the positive contribution all residents make to the community, and encourage students to get involved in the local area.
Citywide, I am particularly concerned with meeting the huge challenge of improving the transport experience for all York residents, whether they be pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users or drivers. As Cabinet Member for Transport I want to do this listening to what residents have to say and developing a more responsive Council transport service. I have a particular interest in community groups, co-operatives and social enterprises and this is reflected in my professional life as an employee of Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber as well as being York's only Labour-Cooperative Councillor.
I passionately believe that social inequality and environmental destruction is unacceptable in our society, and to the detriment of all, not just those that experience it directly. I also believe it is avoidable, and I want to be a part of bringing about a more equitable, sustainable and strong community.
In terms of my background, I was born in Hertfordshire, have two younger brothers and two older sisters, my dad is a plumber and my mum a teacher. I've lived all over the country, from inner city Bristol, to rural Cambridgeshire, and nowhere have I felt more at home than in this wonderful city. In my down-time, I will admit to being a bit of a sci-fi geek.
Whether you have an issue big or small, please do get in touch via email or attend one of my sessions on campus and in the village.
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