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Labour hold control of Crawley

With a win of 19 over the Conservatives 17 seats Labour have held control of the town.



After a long day of counts and recounts the final results have come in with both Labour and Conservatives losing and gaining seats in several wards.

Overall though Labour has held control but there have been some shocks.

In particular the current Mayor, Carlos Castro lost his seat in Tilgate to Conservative Charles Petts.

The elected were:

Bewbush & North Broadfield

Marion Ayling – Labour

Rory Fiveash – Labour

Michael Jones – Labour


Ian Irvine – Labour

Tim Lunnon – Labour

Tahira Rana – Labour

Furnace Green

Duncan Crow – Conservative

Carol Eade – Conservative

Gossops Green

Liam Ascough – Conservative

Chris Mullins – Labour


Geraint Thomas – Labour

Peter Smith – Labour

Jilly Hart – Labour

Langley Green & Tushmore

Shahzad Malik – Labour

Brenda Smith – Labour

Tom McAleney – Labour


Kim Jaggard – Conservative

Jennifer Millar-Smith – Conservative

Duncan Peck – Conservative

Northgate & West Green

Peter Lamb – Labour

Gurinder Jhans – Labour

Karen Sudan – Labour

Pound Hill North & Forge Wood

Tina Belben – Conservative

Richard Burrett – Conservative

Kevan McCarthy – Conservative

Pound Hill South & Worth

Andrew Belben – Conservative

Bob Lanzer – Conservative

Alison Pendlington – Conservative


Mike Pickett – Labour

Morgan Flack – Labour

Rajesh Sharma – Labour

Three Bridges

Bob Burgess – Conservative

Brenda Burgess – Conservative

Jonathan Purdy – Conservative


Francis Guidera – Conservative

Charles Petts – Conservative


Tributes paid after Tilgate Councillor passes away

Councillor Charles Petts passed away yesterday evening (15th July).



Councillor Charles Petts recently won a council seat for Tilgate in the May elections after serving as a West Sussex County Councillor for Three Bridges.

Posting on his facebook page Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“Yesterday evening I lost one of my best friends to cancer.

We’d been friends since 2006, well before either of us got involved in local politics.

Cllr Charles Petts to most and Jeff to his friends, Jeff was a great guy. A really kind, generous man who lived his Christian faith and smiled at life.

Jeff knew my family really well, knew my kids, knew my mum and dad, and loads of my family. He was a big part of my life.

Whenever I met up with him or whenever he came over to my place (which was very, very regularly) I said the usual “how’s it going?” and he would say “ahk you know, I’m alright, can’t complain”.

Jeff had been battling cancer for a couple of years, and was putting up a great fight, even doing a tough mudder last year, but then very recently, it all changed.

I am heartbroken. I haven’t lost a colleague, I’ve lost a brother, a best friend.

Jeff has left behind a young daughter and a son. I am heartbroken for them too, completely.

I look forward to seeing Jeff in the next life, and until then I will miss him greatly.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith said:

“He was well liked and dedicated and will be a great loss to Crawley.”

Mr Smith also tweeted:

A statement from Crawley Borough Council said:

“Councillor Charles Petts, ward councillor for Tilgate, died peacefully yesterday evening in St Catherine’s Hospice with his son present.

Charles had been a Crawley Borough Councillor since May and a West Sussex County Councillor for Three Bridges since 2017.”

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