A Crawley Borough Council housing development named after Geraint Thomas, who was the council’s cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability when he sadly passed away in November 2019, was officially recognised today in a short ceremony outside the building.
The site was named Geraint Thomas House in honour of former councillor Geraint Thomas. From his many years teaching geography in Crawley, to his 10 years serving as a councillor in Northgate and Ifield wards and three years as Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Geraint was a passionate advocate for the environment and this is seen as a fitting way to remember the exceptional work he did for the area.
Family and friends of Geraint Thomas, council officers, council leader Peter Lamb, councillor Ian Irvine and senior directors from housing provider A2Dominion, gathered together to mark the official opening of the building. Geraint Thomas’ wife, Jenny, cut the ribbon and Peter Lamb gave a short speech.
Peter Lamb said: “Geraint was one of Crawley’s leading champions. His many years work in the town as a teacher, community activist and councillor have left a lasting legacy in Crawley, and it brings me real joy that in Geraint Thomas House we have a lasting monument to his dedicated service.”
Jenny Thomas added: “Geraint loved Crawley. In his work as a councillor, he was committed to sustainably improving the lives of its residents. Geraint’s family and friends are proud of what he achieved and grateful that he will be remembered in this development which provides a place for people to call home.”
Simon Potts, Director of Land and Planning at A2Dominion, commented: “Geraint Thomas House has been a great achievement for us, working together with Crawley Borough Council. It was important that we provide high-quality, affordable new homes, and that the look and feel of the development made a positive impact to the local environment.”
The Geraint Thomas House development is 100% affordable, with 33 shared ownership apartments and 58 apartments for affordable rent.