A man who has fought tirelessly to protect the built environment of Sherborne has received a reward for his efforts.
Peter Neal, chairman of the Sherborne and District Society, CPRE and the Keep Sherborne Viable Group has been given a Churchill Award in recognition of his work in the town, most notably his contribution to the campaign that saved the Sherborne Hotel from being developed by Tesco.
Mr Neal said: "This award has come completely out of the blue and personally I feel that there must be many people locally and nationally who deserve it more. However, I am pleased to accept as I hope it can be seen as recognising the work of the many people in the Sherborne Society, CPRE and the Keep Sherborne Viable Group, who strive to maintain a good environment in rural areas, both built and countryside; and in particular the wonderful town of Sherborne and its environs.
"I will use every opportunity I have to keep that aspiration current and to promote what we have here. There are still some key issues to be addressed, not least overdevelopment, which will not be clear until after the Local Plan is confirmed. Everything we have been experiencing recently indicates how important it is to get special Heritage Status for small rural towns like Sherborne, which are under constant threat."