Councillor - Micklegate
I have represented the Micklegate and preceding Bishophill wards since 1982, first as a City Councillor in the old York District Council and since 1995 for the unitary City of York Council, occupying a wide variety of responsibilities.
I was until recently the Cabinet member for Environment, Planning & Sustainability, but have stood down in the new hung Council situation to help make room for opposition Councillor representation. I do continue to chair the cross party Local Plan Working Group, and support the Council Leader on that area. I'm a Council appointed Director & Vice Chair of the Yorkshire Energy Partnership which seeks to help people with energy saving advice and work. I also represent the Council on various related bodies in the Leeds City Region and in North Yorkshire, and on the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal committee.
I also jointly chair the Micklegate Residents Forum with fellow Councillors Sandy Fraser and Julie Gunnell. I take turns with my other ward Councillors to attend the various residents association meetings in the ward, and do regular ward walkabouts. I am a governor at Millthorpe School, and my daughter is currently a pupil at All Saint's School
I am particularly interested in environmental, planning and transport issues, and previously led on Transport for most of the time Labour was last in office and again up to this year. This covered from the start of the City Centre footstreets scheme, developing the Council's traffic and parking strategy in 1988 which led to the progressive introduction of the current 5 Park and Ride services, the Cities first cycling and walking strategies, introducing Respark schemes for areas previously blighted by commuter parking, and later on the Bus Quality Partnership - which led to a 50% growth in bus usage over it's first five years. I led the roll out of smoke control zones across the city in the 1980s, and introduced the original Air Quality Management Plan in the 2000s to ensure we minimise environmental pollution. On planning and the environment, I have worked to increase housing supply for York residents, helped to produce the Council's first environment strategy and set up the Local Agenda 21 and later York Environment forum, commissioned the first bio-diversity audit and the doorstep recycling strategy. In opposition, I chaired the Council's all party Cycling review in 2004 and Traffic Congestion Scrutiny Committees which made some important cross party recommendations on York's future transport strategy, sadly not in the main adopted by the Lib Dem executive who did little in their 8 years in office. In power I sought to continue our positive efforts for addressing York's challenges and ensuring a successful future, not least in further expanding York's Park & Ride service, improving the quality of local bus services, working to secure the upgrading of the outer ring road to get through traffic out of the city and reduce congestion and air pollution, addressing the shortage of affordable housing to buy or to rent - with this year's housing permissions being potentially one of the highest on record, and getting a local plan with a permanent green belt adopted for the first time, with policies to support renewable energy and sustainable design, and strong new communities. I helped to get agreement for an update of the River Ouse & Foss catchment studies, to underpin the case for improvements to York’s Flood defences, and progressed the Leeman Road area flood defence improvements completed last year, and the study into the case for defences for the Clementhorpe area.
In the ward, I helped deliver many schemes to get traffic out of residential areas, pedestrianised Terry Avenue past Rowntree Park, and was vice chair of the trust that delivered the Millennium bridge and riverside walk improvements. I worked for improvements and additional facilities for local schools and in our local parks, helped successfully oppose the loss of St. Clement's church hall and steered through it's purchase for community use, and the subsequent successful refurbishment bid. I helped secure the new bus service to South Bank after First withdrew the No. 11 loop through the area.
I continue to advise many local residents on planning applications, licensing objections, and work with local traders in Micklegate and Bishopthorpe road, and take up resident issues as they arise.
I can take up residents' concerns via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to 27 White House Gardens, York, YO24 1DZ.
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