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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

“Get off your bikes when in Queen’s Square!” demands Crawley Councillor

Councillor Francis Guidera says enough is enough with people riding their bikes around the town centre square.

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It’s bad enough normally, but with all the works going on there is extremely limited space to get about in the Square and as a result there have been several near-misses reported to me recently.

Earlier this week I witnessed one idiot, a grown adult, swerving through a group of small children whilst pulling a wheelie!

Slow hand-clap for that clown…

People leaving the shops are now finding themselves dicing with death as irresponsible people rush by on their bikes.

Yesterday, Sunday 17th of February I witnessed two men ride along one section as I discussed the issue with a concerned member of the public.

I was also told that one man who was shouted at to get off his bike shouted back that there were no signs?

Really? You need a sign?

So if you’re one of the people who currently rides a bike through the town centre, you should be under no illusion: if you do hit and injure a pedestrian you could well be prosecuted and I don’t think there’s a judge in this land that would accept a defence that a 3 year old child or an 80 year old is at fault for your slamming into them.

Cllr Francis Guidera.


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