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Councillor Guidera: “Labour, don’t take credit for the results of my work!”

In a response to Labour Councillor Michael Jones’ piece published recently in a local paper, Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera has penned a public letter hitting back.



Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera

Councillor Guidera writes:

“Disappointed to see a Labour councillor making ludicrous claims about other councillors’ efforts/involvement in resolving the issues in Tilgate relating to cars and late-night noise

This upcoming election will not be won using spin and misinformation. Think about who you’re up against Crawley Labour…I do not hold back and I will call you out each time you do it. Social media has changed everything.

“I do not hold back and I will call you out each time”

Let’s be very clear. Nobody has been trying to do anything serious about the problems up at Tilgate Park, except me! The PSPO (which I support) is completely unrelated to Tilgate car park’s problems. CBC had 148 random security patrol’s up in the car park area from April onwards and amongst those, only 5 noise incidents were recorded of which NONE were of engines revving!!! The main issue that happens almost nightly and is the whole point of having a PSPO was never seen or heard by security! The outcome of those patrols was used to try and justify not doing anything that would cost the council money! So, Cllr Michael Jones, if 148 patrols saw nothing, how is a PSPO going to help Tilgate? People need to be witnessed for anything to happen to them. I was also told that barriers were too expensive, that ANPR was too expensive, and other residents in Tilgate were told that even additional speed humps were too expensive!

“you do not get to claim credit for the results of my work”

You see, it isn’t just me who’s being fobbed off, residents have been fobbed off too.

After a protracted fight, the lighting has now been fixed and switches off at midnight as it should, speed humps have been installed, and the car park size will be managed after a set time.

I have achieved a great victory in Tilgate as an opposition councillor, and the solutions that are being implemented now are as a direct result of the actions that I personally took, actions supported by the residents of Tilgate who backed me in my fight to get this issue resolved once and for all. Clearly Crawley Labour are fuming over the fact this has been able to happen. Councillor Michael Jones, you do not get to claim credit for the results of my work, and you certainly don’t get to give credit to your Labour buddies either, particularly Mayor Castro who didn’t attend the AGM of the Friends of Tilgate Park, did not attend the AGM of the Tilgate forum, and did not attend the meeting at the barn arranged to discuss the Tilgate car noise and to listen to demands of the residents in order to resolve this nightmare once and for all.

The people of Crawley deserve better than this, and councillors had better stop the spin now because I will call you out each and every time, publicly. You see, I’m not a career politician, I’m a born and raised Crawley man who ran on a promise to change things at the town hall, for the better, and I will continue to do that as long as I’m elected.”

Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera

Francis Guidera

‘Sell the United States Declaration of Independence’, says Crawley Councillor

In a highly controversial move, the Crawley councillor explains why he has called for this rare document to be sold on the very day the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the region.



On the very day that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are officially visiting the county for the first time, a Crawley councillor has publicly called for West Sussex County Council to sell the American Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration is one of only two contemporary handwritten ceremonial manuscript copies, the other being the signed copy housed in the National Archives in Washington D.C. The royal couple were shown the copy of the rare document during their visit this morning.

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In what can be seen as a highly controversial and outspoken view, the Tilgate councillor has publicly said that the selling of the Declaration would bring much needed funds into the county and help in aiding the homeless.

Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera.

Speaking directly to CN24, Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“West Sussex County Council must sell the United States Declaration of Independence!

“You would be forgiven for thinking it was a Hollywood movie title but no… I publicly call for WSCC to sell the United States Declaration of Independence. Not to anyone of course. To a philanthropic, American patriot or consortium of patriots, who will be pleased to know that they are not only bringing home a priceless, precious document, but also funding homelessness and other social services in Sussex.

“For those that don’t know, this document was recently discovered in the WSCC archives, and the only other comparable copy is in the National Archives in Washington!

“A far less significant version sold at auction for $8.2 million in 2000. The copy that we have at WSCC is essentially priceless and I believe it would raise a mind-blowing amount of money which would cover a huge part of the WSCC financial black hole. WSCC has to make savings of £154 million, to be found within three years, cutting funding for homelessness support and radically restricting expenditure on crucial things like adult social care, stripping spending back to the bare minimum.

“If the document is WSCC property we cannot retain such a valuable artefact in good conscience.”

West Sussex County Council were contacted for comment.

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