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Sadness as Tilgate councillor announces his resignation

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

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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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Henry Smith MP asks, “Are you Crawley’s best small shop?”

The Best Small Shops competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK.

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Henry Smith MP is calling on Crawley’s small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

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Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Sunday 9 September via: www.bestsmallshops.co.uk.

Henry said:

“The vital contribution of Crawley’s small shops can be celebrated in a national Best Small Shops competition.

“This initiative is being run by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and is open to any small shop operating in the UK.

“I’m calling on Crawley’s shopkeepers to nominate their businesses. More information, including on how to enter, is at: www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. Applications are open until 9th September.

“An expert judging panel will then put together a shortlist of 25 of the best applications. They’ll be looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a positive lasting impact on the local community.

“Shortlisted small shops will be invited to a parliamentary reception later in the year to find out which one will be crowned 2018’s Best Small Shop.

“Good luck to Crawley shops taking part!”

A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications will be compiled by a panel made up of established representatives from the independent retail industry.

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The judges will be looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community.

The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a parliamentary reception in November to find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.

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