Mayor who ramped it up

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Name: Gra­ham Win­ton Age: 72 Lives: Wey­bridge for 42 years Oc­cu­pa­tion: Re­tired. Was fi­nance ex­ec­u­tive with na­tional re­tail­ers and a lo­cal coun­cil­lor

Com­mu­nity work: Elected as an Elm­bridge coun­cil­lor for Wey­bridge North in 1984, serv­ing for 24 years – ‘dur­ing which time the pa­per had a few let­ters from me, which must have brought me to your no­tice’;

Big­gest achieve­ment: “I tried to make my time on the coun­cil pro­duc­tive. I en­cour­aged lo­cal busi­nesses to co-op­er­ate with com­mu­ni­ties which pro­duced Christ­mas lights and sum­mer flower bas­kets in all Elm­bridge vil­lages.

“I was called Mr Wheelie Bin by my chil­dren when I was bad­ger­ing the coun­cil for proper re­cy­cling. They thought it was funny, I thought it was se­ri­ous.

“I once at­tended a coun­cil meet­ing in skate­board­ing kit to plead for a Wey­bridge skate­board ramp. We got it!

Time deal­ing with the pa­per: Since be­com­ing in­ter­ested in lo­cal is­sues in the 1970s;

Most mem­o­rable story: “Re­cently, the cov­er­age of the floods and the im­pact of the Scot­tish ref­er­en­dum de­bate on our lo­cal com­mu­nity. His­tor­i­cally, the cov­er­age of the sad clo­sure of the lo­cal 218 bus ser­vice, which served Wey­bridge rail­way sta­tion.

Best thing about a lo­cal pa­per: “Lo­cal news of course. Fin­ger on the pulse. Lo­cal democ­racy has de­clined with the de­cline of lo­cal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

Gra­ham Win­ton.

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