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Sadness as Tilgate councillor announces his resignation

Councillor Francis Guidera and his family are moving to the USA.



Residents in Tilgate will have to decide on a new councillor following the announcement by current Conservative councillor Francis Guidera of his imminent departure.

In what was a shock announcement Cllr Guidera said in a statement that due to family reasons he would be resigning from his 4 term office a year early.

He continued by saying that for their personal reasons he and his family would be moving to the USA.

The full statement from Councillor Guidera reads:

“Family always comes first.

I will be moving to the USA soon for personal, family-based reasons. My 4 year term of office would have ended on the 1st May 2019, but I will instead be resigning from my role as councillor for Tilgate in the coming weeks.

It has been an honour to be elected by the residents of Tilgate to serve as Tilgate councillor for the past three years. I have met so many wonderful people and have gained so many new friends over the past three years. Thank you all.

Thank you, Henry Smith M.P., Cllr Bob Lanzer, Cllr Duncan Crow, Cllr Richard Burrett, and fellow councillors from both parties, not just for your friendship but also for the support you have provided.

Thank you, Crawley Borough Council staff for the assistance you have provided to me in carrying out my duties.

Thank you, the very welcoming church leadership and communities of St Bernadette’s and Holy Trinity Churches, Tilgate. I will miss you all greatly.

And finally, thank you mum and dad. For everything you’ve done and do.

I am genuinely very sad to be going and will really miss this place, far more than I could ever express here. Crawley is a wonderful town, we are a fantastic community and I am extremely proud to call Crawley my home town and always will be.

I wish you all the best,

Cllr Francis Guidera
Councillor for Tilgate”

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  1. Scott Barter

    14th May 2018 at 5:31 pm

    “Family always comes first.”
    Well, it’s blatantly clear that his responsibilities to the council and people of Crawley were VERY far down on his list of priorities!
    What an absurd waste of Crawley Borough Council’s money, time and resources, making this announcement days after the council elections took place. Nobody makes a decision to move country all of a sudden.
    He should have resigned months ago if his position was in doubt.
    Good riddance – let’s get a councillor with a proper set of priorities. Hopefully with Crawley’s interests and the residents in their ward a bit higher up their list!
    Hopefully someone who will prioritise the many, and not the few…

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Crawley’s Community Wardens earn RSPCA award

Community Wardens in Crawley have once again been recognised for their ‘exceptional animal welfare work’.



Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens have scooped up the RSPCA’s Gold Stray Dog Footprint for the tenth year in a row.

The award recognises the wardens’ constant dedication to keeping local dogs safe, ensuring they receive the best possible care from start to finish, including kennelling, rehoming and emergency treatment.

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In acknowledgment of the PawPrint Award’s 10th anniversary and the Community Wardens’ decade of commitment to animal welfare, they have subsequently achieved the Platinum Stray Dog Footprint.

The Community Wardens Service has dealt with 72 stray dogs from January to August; five dogs were handed over to rehoming organisations and the rest went back to their owners. In addition to this, they were able to reunite a stolen dog with his family after two months away from home.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “I’m so pleased that our Community Wardens have been recognised yet again for their exceptional animal welfare work. Their passion to keep dogs in Crawley safe is commendable.

“To continue to keep dogs safe, remember to microchip your pup. Not only is it the law but it’s crucial for good dog welfare and provides you with peace of mind.”

If you come across a lost dog and are unable to return them directly to their owner, contact the Community Wardens straight away on 07884 492324 and they will arrange to collect the dog from you, after investigating ownership.

If you find a dog between 9.30pm and 8am, call 07831 553906. The finder of a stray dog is required by law to return the dog to its owner or contact the local authority for the area in which the dog was found.

For advice and information on lost and found dogs, click here.

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