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DEATH OF WELSH PLANNING FIGURE

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Wrexham CBC chief executive Derek Griffin today paid tribute to recently retired chief planning officer Graham Evan...
Wrexham CBC chief executive Derek Griffin today paid tribute to recently retired chief planning officer Graham Evans who died on Monday.

Mr Evans, 54, was on holiday with his wife Jan in France when he died suddenly.

Mr Griffin said: 'Graham was a very kind and considerate person who maintained the highest standards of professionalism in his work. Graham carried out his duties as chief planning officer with great dedication and devotion.

'He had a tremendous zest life which was shown in his love of cycling and skiing. Graham will be sadly missed and on behalf of the whole authority we send out deepest sympathies to his wife Jan, his mother and brother.'

He was born in London and lived in Tallarn Green for many years. He began his local government career with Cheshire CC in 1972. He became chief planning officer for Wrexham Maelor BC in 1987. Upon local government reorganisation in 1996 Mr Griffin was appointed chief planning officer to the new Wrexham CBC. He retired two months ago.

He was a keen sportsman who regularly cycled to work. In October 2000 Mr Griffin cycled 607 miles from London to Geneva. He raised£1,600 towards the renewal of the Friend's (Quaker) Meeting House in Wrexham. His hobbies included ski mountaineering, cycling, reading and the theatre.

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