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Letter: The Loss of Richard Billington Will Be Deeply Felt

Published on: 21 May, 2022
Updated on: 24 May, 2022

Richard Billington

From: Sir Paul Beresford

MP for Mole Valley

See: Death of Former Mayor Richard Billington Reported by his Group Leader

The loss of Richard Billington, Tillingbourne local councillor will be deeply felt.

He had been steeped in local government for decades. Initially he was a councillor for the Fairfield ward in Croydon and a governor of a busy local school.

He kept very active as a local councillor for 22 years, latterly at Guildford Council – two as mayor.

Richard was tall and able to stand out as he could never be called a “shrinking violet”, hence was always very influential.

Although a Conservative councillor he always saw his role as serving his constituents first.

Tillingbourne and Guildford have lost a great public servant.

He was part of my team in what was then Croydon Central, so I was particularly delighted to have him as part of the Mole Valley Conservative team winning in both constituencies.

Personally, I will miss him more than many of his political friends particularly because of our long association.

Editor’s note: Sir Paul’s comment has also been added to the main article.

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