Peter was born in Crawley Hospital and went to Holy Trinity School, where a work experience placement with Crawley’s Labour MP encouraged him to study politics at university. Graduating with a Master’s Degree, Peter returned to the area, got involved in the local community and was elected onto Crawley Borough Council in 2010 as one of Northgate’s representatives.
In 2012, Peter was elected Group Leader by the Labour councillors on Crawley Borough Council and at the county council elections in 2013 he joined West Sussex County Council as the representative for Northgate and Three Bridges.
In Northgate, Peter has worked with fellow Labour councillor Geraint Thomas to prevent the loss of Northgate Surgery, campaign against over-development, push for residential improvements, support the successful bid for Northgate Avenue’s Conservation Area status, help to secure funding to deal with flooding hotspots, and set up and support ‘Northgate Matters’. He is currently working to stop speeding on Woodfield, Barnfield and Woolborough Roads and to improve the safety of Northgate Primary school children during their commute to and from school.
In Three Bridges, following the merger of Three Bridges Infant and Junior Schools, Peter ensured the rapid introduction of a crossing to ensure kids could travel safely between the two sites. He has helped to secure funding for repairs to the car park at St. Richard’s and is campaigning for the CPZ to be reassessed to deal with station-related parking problems.
Peter has taken an active day-to-day role on the council, working to achieve value for money for residents and ensure that the needs of all Crawley people are recognised. He is proud to have successfully pushed for the introduction of the Living Wage at the council, to have opposed the Bedroom Tax every step of the way and to have helped fight off the attempt to hand Tilgate Park over to the private sector.
Peter can also be found on Twitter at @cllrpetestweets