A TOWN clerk and chief executive of the now defunct Christchurch Council has been made a Freeman of the Borough.

The honour was bestowed on Michael Turvey by members of Christchurch Town Council last night Mr Turvey joined the authority in 1995.

He was instrumental in raising standards with an emphasis on delivering first-class services to residents.

Under his leadership, the borough achieved some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings.

With Alan Breakwell, Chief Executive of EDDC, he initiated the ‘shared services’ working with East Dorset.

After retirement he stayed in Christchurch, becoming deputy chairman of the Christchurch Community Partnership, serving as Chairman of the Governors of Grange School for many years, and now a member of the Board of the Twynham Learning Multi-Academy Trust, comprising six primary and secondary schools local to Christchurch.

He also served as deputy chairman and latterly chairman of the Christchurch Housing Society.

Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Lesley Dedman said: “Michael is a pillar of the community and was a superb, approachable and fair minded chief executive. He remains an excellent ambassador for Christchurch.”