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Sure it’s freezing but so what?

With the Beast from the East making national headlines, we ask a question quite a few people are now thinking.



Is it just me?  I have been asking myself this question for the past few days as I sat by my office window looking out at Crawley with the light dusting of snow and the blustery wind.

Sure, it’s cold out there, absolutely freezing in fact, but so what?  I had to walk the half mile to the office today and whilst my body felt every inch of the icy wind despite wearing more layers than I care to share, I still got to work on time.

The roads are icy, the cars coated in frost and snow, but nothing that would stop anyone from going about their business.

In rural parts of the country, mainly in the north there are news reports aplenty of cars stuck, drivers having to sleep overnight in their vehicles, train lines closed, bus routes abandoned but…

..we’re in Sussex where the most amount of disruption has been down to the sheer panic that seems to be ensuing across the area.

The roads are always treacherous when it’s icy, we know this, it isn’t something new.  People have had accidents because of the conditions, but this happens when it’s not frosty.  Of course we have to take more care in these conditions, so why does it feel to me that the whole area is shutting down for no more reason than, it can!

I was astonished last night to see tweets from some local schools informing their students and their parents that they would close today because of the terrible and dangerous conditions here.  Where?  Am I looking out of the wrong window?  Am I reading the wrong MET office reports?  This isn’t the ice age.  We are not swallowed up in the vicious weather circling Scotland and the north of the country.

So I ask again, is it just me who is so confused about all of this OR is our county about to have a deluge of snow deposited down upon us like something from a greek mythology?

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Councillor Francis Guidera: Supporting Thomas Bennett

Councillor for Tilgate Francis Guidera, on his visit to Thomas Bennett Community College with fellow Conservatives Duncan Crow and Crawley MP Henry Smith.



Crawley MP Henry Smith and Conservative Councillors Duncan Crow & Francis Guidera with Thomas Bennett students, Chelsea players/trainers and new Head, Mr Bianchi.

On Friday 21st of September, Henry Smith MP, Cllr Duncan Crow and I spent 3 hours with students and the new headteacher of Thomas Bennett school.

We had a tour of the school to see for ourselves how classes were being conducted, followed by a one hour lunch meeting with about 10 students from all years up to 6th form where we discussed a broad range of ideas ranging from how students support each other both as fellow students and as young people to how we can get this positive message out to you, the people of Crawley that it’s a great school with amazing facilities and brilliant teaching and leadership teams. The students were very impressive!

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We then attended the opening of the new 3G football pitch with some of the Chelsea players and trainers, and students and finally had a meeting with the new head, Mr Bianchi to discuss ways in which we can help.

Thomas Bennett is a great school and I would be quite happy for my daughter to go there if she wasn’t already in another great Crawley school, and local parents really should attend the open evening because spaces are limited!

I will be supporting the school and the new head in every way I can, as will Duncan and Henry.

And finally, thank you for the invite Mr Bianchi. A wonderful afternoon!

Cllr Francis Guidera
Borough Councillor for Tilgate

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