Crow Review of 2008
PUBLISHED: 09:56 25 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010
May ROYSTON S mayor, Cllr Peter Lill, died of a heart attack. Cllr Lill, 67, died a day before his year long reign as mayor was due to come to an end. He collapsed and was taken to Lister Hospital, where he died. He left a wife, Wendy, a son, John, and a
ROYSTON'S mayor, Cllr Peter Lill, died of a heart attack.
Cllr Lill, 67, died a day before his year long reign as mayor was due to come to an end. He collapsed and was taken to Lister Hospital, where he died.
He left a wife, Wendy, a son, John, and a daughter, Angela Johnson. He had five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Cllr Lynn Berry, leader of the town council, said: "Peter served the public throughout his life, first in his job as a firefighter, then in his role as a councillor. I know I speak for all councillors when I say we are deeply shocked by his death."
After joining the Royal Air Force, Cllr Lill first came to the Royston area when he was posted at Bassingbourn barracks. He later joined the Hertfordshire fire service, and was appointed station officer in Royston in 1972, and remained in the service until taking early retirement in 1990.
One former colleague described him as a "lovely man".
He enjoyed two spells as mayor of Royston, and was a vocal supporter of a number of local charities, including the Royston stroke club.
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The Royston First Business Improvement District plan was launched. At the launch of the project, town centre manager Geraint Burnell explained that businesses would pay an extra two per cent on top of their business rates, which would be invested in projects to improve Royston.
A new trial bus service was given the thumbs up by Royston residents. The number 24 bus was set up to take residents of the Coombelands Estate to Tesco and the town centre. It replaced the Number 17 service, which served a similar route until it was axed in December 2007.