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‘Save Tilgate Parade’ is the message as petition is launched to stop ‘incomprehensible’ rent increase



Following the news that rent increases are to go up for businesses in Tilgate Parade, Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera and Tilgate resident and Conservative candidate Maureen Mgwale, along with the towns MP visited the parade yesterday to meet with local business owners.

Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera said

“Our Labour-run council has made a decision that literally threatens the future of Tilgate parade.

I’ve been involved with this for a while now, and our Labour run council who like to ‘claim’ they are business-friendly are actually putting many of our parade businesses under threat of closure. Shop owners don’t think they can cope with such a massive rent hike and survive. They are extremely distressed and we have to make residents aware of how serious this situation is.

There is still time for negotiation. I believe it is wrong for the council to base the achievable market rent per shop on what one business is prepared to pay. We really could end up with a parade that has no newsagents, no hairdresser, no bakery, no chippy and no launderette and it angers Henry Smith, myself and Maureen that this decision doesn’t take into account the community value of Tilgate parade. Their contributions to Tilgate in the things some of those small business owners do for the community on the parade is invaluable. Also, the opportunities they give to our young people, many of whom getting their first part-time job there, opportunities not so readily available from national chains who usually only hire 18+ year olds, may no longer be there if this goes ahead!

And then there’s the environmental considerations. At a time when local and national government is saying use cars less, a decision like this sends the opposite message! For example, in Tilgate we have a lot of dog owners and having a great pet food shop here means they don’t have to drive to County Oak or into town. If it closes they will have to! Cllr Peter Smith (Labour) has ultimate control over this decision and he really needs to show some leadership instead of hiding behind council officers!”

A petition which is being made available among most of the shops in the parade has launched today for residents to sign.

A spokesman for the Tilgate parade association said:

“Huge rent increases seem incompressible in the current econominc climate. Having tried to speak to the council there seems to be little moral imperative to support the smaller independent businesses. Having put our heart and soul into not just this family business but the community also, it feels soul destroying to face this threat to our livelihoods and our employees livelihoods too.”

Crawley Borough Council have been approached for comment.


DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.



The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at and

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