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Sadness as Tilgate councillor announces his resignation

Councillor Francis Guidera and his family are moving to the USA.



Residents in Tilgate will have to decide on a new councillor following the announcement by current Conservative councillor Francis Guidera of his imminent departure.

In what was a shock announcement Cllr Guidera said in a statement that due to family reasons he would be resigning from his 4 term office a year early.

He continued by saying that for their personal reasons he and his family would be moving to the USA.

The full statement from Councillor Guidera reads:

“Family always comes first.

I will be moving to the USA soon for personal, family-based reasons. My 4 year term of office would have ended on the 1st May 2019, but I will instead be resigning from my role as councillor for Tilgate in the coming weeks.

It has been an honour to be elected by the residents of Tilgate to serve as Tilgate councillor for the past three years. I have met so many wonderful people and have gained so many new friends over the past three years. Thank you all.

Thank you, Henry Smith M.P., Cllr Bob Lanzer, Cllr Duncan Crow, Cllr Richard Burrett, and fellow councillors from both parties, not just for your friendship but also for the support you have provided.

Thank you, Crawley Borough Council staff for the assistance you have provided to me in carrying out my duties.

Thank you, the very welcoming church leadership and communities of St Bernadette’s and Holy Trinity Churches, Tilgate. I will miss you all greatly.

And finally, thank you mum and dad. For everything you’ve done and do.

I am genuinely very sad to be going and will really miss this place, far more than I could ever express here. Crawley is a wonderful town, we are a fantastic community and I am extremely proud to call Crawley my home town and always will be.

I wish you all the best,

Cllr Francis Guidera
Councillor for Tilgate”

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  1. Scott Barter

    14th May 2018 at 5:31 pm

    “Family always comes first.”
    Well, it’s blatantly clear that his responsibilities to the council and people of Crawley were VERY far down on his list of priorities!
    What an absurd waste of Crawley Borough Council’s money, time and resources, making this announcement days after the council elections took place. Nobody makes a decision to move country all of a sudden.
    He should have resigned months ago if his position was in doubt.
    Good riddance – let’s get a councillor with a proper set of priorities. Hopefully with Crawley’s interests and the residents in their ward a bit higher up their list!
    Hopefully someone who will prioritise the many, and not the few…

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Crawley joins money-saving initiative

Crawley Borough Council has become one of the founding members of the Local Government Mutual, helping to save money every year.



The mutual aims to save its members money by offering an effective alternative to the conventional insurance products and services available to local authorities.

Any surpluses the mutual generates may be used to reduce the cost of insurance, improve the claims process or returned back to members as income.

The structure of the mutual means the council will not pay insurance premium tax, currently set at 12 per cent, on the vast majority of insurance products.

As well as saving money, the mutual puts councils in control by working together, sharing knowledge of best practice and reducing members’ risk exposure without increased costs.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“It’s great to see Crawley Borough Council become a founding member of this initiative. The mutual is another way the council is saving money to put back into services and to reduce the forecasted budget gap.”

As a member, the council can still choose between the mutual and private companies for its insurance. However, the mutual can offer price matching or better cover that is up-to-date with changes in local authorities’ organisational and operational activities.  

The council can insure through the mutual from 1 April 2020.

Find out more about the Local Government Mutual here:

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