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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.

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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

Cllr Guidera: Is maintaining Queens Sq really too much to ask?

Tilgate Cllr Francis Guidera has spoken out about what he calls the ‘filthy’ state of newly refurbished Queens Square in Crawley.

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In an open letter Cllr Guidera says:

“Queen’s Square is costing the tax payer millions to renovate, but if you sat in Queen’s Square today you would be forgiven for thinking that the paving slabs had been down for a decade!

It is utterly filthy, highlighted by the patch in the centre where the fountain operates which is of course clean and shows what the rest looked like when it was installed just over a year ago.

The issue of keeping the square clean after it was done (including chewing gum) was raised by many councillors at consultation meetings before they began the work, and Ifield Councillor Peter Smith (Labour cabinet member for planning and economic development) assured us that these stones would be coated with a substance that helps to repel dirt… well, if they were I hope he’s asking for a refund because it clearly doesn’t work!

Perhaps Councillor Geraint Thomas would like to comment on the state of it also as the cabinet member for environmental services and sustainability? I’ve been told that council staff still do not have the right equipment to properly clean it. Why not? And then there’s The Pavement (the footpath down the side of M&S) which hasn’t even been fully opened yet and there are already issues. The block paving is uneven with gaps and paving stones at randomly different levels across the entirety of it! If this was someone’s driveway they’d rightfully be demanding answers for such a shoddy job!

So to sum up, the first bit is now filthy and hasn’t been looked after properly and the second bit is badly done and isn’t even finished yet…

As a Crawley-born local I’m very proud of this town and a basic thing like keeping Queen’s Square looking decent is not much to ask of the council.

While I’m writing this, I might as well (again) mention that Chichester Close play area urgently needs renovating… (just asking for a few thousand Tilgate residents)…”

Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera

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