PETER Thompson, chairman of Oxford Civic Society for seven years until he retired in March, has been awarded a Certificate of Honour by the city council.

Mr Thompson received the certificate on Monday from Sheriff of Oxford Mohammed Altaf-Khan.

Mr Altaf-Khan said: “Peter has made himself a challenging but respected presence in the life of our local organisations; councils and other public bodies, and others such as the Oxford Preservation Trust and the Oxford Pedestrians Association.

“He has given encouragement and support to the groups of Oxford Civic Society that do detailed work on planning applications.”