Vivienne Leighton

When elected following a City banking career, Vivienne was known locally for fundraising for the Riverside Arts Centre Sunbury to buy the adjacent building and as an activist after the 2003 flood event. Her extensive work as a councillor has included several years on the cabinet, chairing internal task groups and appointments on various outside bodies including twelve years as a school governor.  When she was Independent Living portfolio holder Spelthorne’s first ExtraCare housing was introduced and as Leader she delivered Shepperton skate park and led successful resistance of parking meters across the borough.

Throughout her term the borough’s relationship with the Thames has remained very important to her. Her first appointment on election was onto the external inquiry following the 2003 flooding, after which she chaired the borough’s group liaising with affected residents. She represented Spelthorne during its membership of the River Thame Alliance and in 2014 introduced ground-breaking procedures to clear intractable unauthorised mooring in Shepperton. In 2015 she put on Spelthorne’s Magna Carta 800th anniversary flotilla for over 30 powered craft of all sizes and when Mayor 2017/18, another first was having the Queen’s rowbarge ‘Gloriana’ for her River Day; 40 key local volunteers joined her on board and thousands lined the banks. Currently chair of Spelthorne’s River Thames Task Group she is keen to use her experiences as a riparian owner and river user for 40 years to raise Spelthorne’s profile by introducing improved facilities for leisure, river users and tourism.

 Locally in the village Vivienne championed the relaunch of the Chamber of Commerce a few years ago and continues personally to work closely with voluntary groups to care for the Village Centre. This has included creation of the new pocket park on the corner of the High street and Renfree Way.

She considers being accessible to residents is very important and enjoys helping people with individual problems which she feels is core to being a councillor

Tel: 01932 231596


Vivienne was elected as a Conservative Councillor for the  Shepperton Town Ward in May 2015


Mayor's charity music night

The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, is holding a special music night at 8.30pm on Friday 9 February at Sunbury Cricket Club in aid of her charities: Spelthorne Dementia Support, Impossible Dream and the Swan Sanctuary.

Mayor hosts business reception

The Mayor of Spelthorne hosted a civic reception for members of the business community

The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Vivienne Leighton, hosted a civic reception for members of the business community on Wednesday 29 November.

A job with a difference

Mayor's Cadet chosen for special river role

Whilst many students may think about working in a restaurant or a hotel to gain a bit of extra cash during the summer holidays, a Spelthorne teenager has been lucky enough to find something a bit more unusual to fill her time.

Mayor's River Day

A spectacular flotilla of boats sailed from Sunbury to Staines-upon-Thames led by the Queen’s rowbarge, Gloriana, in celebration of the Mayor of Spelthorne’s River Day on Saturday 24 June.

A new Mayor for Spelthorne

Cllr Vivienne Leighton was elected as the new Mayor for Spelthorne at the Annual Council Meeting

Cllr Vivienne Leighton was elected as the new Mayor for Spelthorne at the Annual Council Meeting held on Thursday 18 May. Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Very merry meals on wheels

Cllr Maureen Attewell and thirteen fellow councillors* have joined together to donate £2050 from their Better Neighbourhood Grants to fund a selection of gifts which will be given to Meals on Wheels customers in the run up to Christmas and on Christmas Day itself. Spelthorne Borough Council 22/12/2016