Patrick GordonParish Councillor
- Which year did you join the council?
I was co-opted onto the council in the September 2017 meeting.
- What is your favourite thing about Crofton?
I like how Crofton is set out in the countryside with lovely walks and scenery as well as having a great community spirit, and at the same time being close enough to the amenities of Wakefield city centre.
- Are there any things about the village which you think could be improved?
Perennial issues include parking particularly along Harrison Road and Shay Lane, and pressure on the two main exit roads to the village (Lodge Lane and Slack Lane) which will be exacerbated by a growing village and planned HS2 developments, as well as anti-social behaviour in some parts of the village however these issues are well-known and versed and there are positive developments in this respect.
In respect of both HS2 and future housing developments it is increasingly important for Crofton to have an audible and well represented voice at all levels of politics, be it local, regional or national. Parish Councillors will need to work closely with District Councillors and Jon Trickett MP to ensure village interests (including green space provision) for current and future generations are robustly defended. As part of this all residents should be engaged in democratically stipulating what they want for the village they inhabit.
- Why did you decide to become a councillor?
I have an interest in politics at all levels and in pursuing a legal career also have an interest in examining any legal documents or issues before the council. I also have a keen interest in terms of the council’s interaction with the younger generations in the village, and feel this is something I can bring a valuable perspective on.
- What do you enjoy most about being a councillor?
I enjoy being able to get involved in the detail of village affairs (and through this, learn the history of the village) and represent village interests both collectively and individually, as well as through the council being able to help aid increased interaction with and between residents of the village. Additionally, councillors in many areas can be trustees over important community resources and decisions, and it is a privilege to be involved in this.
- What, specifically, do you hope to contribute in your time on the council?
Specifically, I am responsible for the council’s webpage and my aim whilst on the council is to make this site as user-friendly and beneficial to the residents of the village. In particular, I would like to increase engagement with younger generations (Millennials; Gen Z) in the local politics and affairs of the village, to carry over and preserve between generations the community interest in a digital age.
- Do you hold any current community responsibilities or interests outside the council? What hobbies/interests do you like to pursue in your spare time?
I have been involved since 2016 with the activities of both All Saints Church and Messy Church (held in the Able2 Hall).
In my spare time as well as attending and being involved in church activities I enjoy running, countryside walks, reading and socialising.
- Are you affiliated to/a member of any political party or organisation?
As part of the council’s operations we have now received monies from WMDC to be spent on ‘green spaces’ around the village. This funding can be difficult to obtain, and therefore, as we make decisions on how to allocate it, we want to offer residents of Crofton the...