Mayor who ramped it up
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.”