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”
Crawley now has even more electric charging points
In a bid to encourage more people to move away from petrol and diesel Crawley Borough Council has added more charging points in the town.
Electric and hybrid car owners in Crawley can now charge their vehicles easier than ever, thanks to new rapid charging points in the town centre.
Crawley Borough Council has installed four 22kw charging points on level two of the Town Hall multi-storey car park.
The charge points are free to use (parking charges apply) and it is hoped that they will further encourage a shift away from petrol and diesel use.
In 2017 more than 1,000 vehicles made use of the charge point at the front of the Town Hall and numbers are rapidly increasing.
Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:
“More and more people are switching over to electric and hybrid vehicles in an effort to be more environmentally-friendly and bring down the cost of motoring.
“These charging points are a great addition to the town centre and I have no doubt that they will be very popular with the town’s electric vehicle users.”
For more information about Crawley’s electric car charging points www.crawley.gov.uk/electricvehicles