COMMUNITY SERVICE: David Kinch, left, receives his chairman’s medal from Cllr Watts Stelling
COMMUNITY SERVICE: David Kinch, left, receives his chairman’s medal from Cllr Watts Stelling

A DALE activist dedicated to improving his community has been honoured for his efforts.

David Kinch, from Whorlton, received Durham County Council’s chairman’s medal – the highest accolade the authority can award to individuals and organisations for their outstanding voluntary contribution to County Durham.

Former police officer Mr Kinch received the accolade for his efforts with Teesdale Action Partnership (TAP).

He has been instrumental in supporting TAP, where he has served as a board member since 2009, working to help identify and rectify issues which affect communities across the dale.

He also represents Teesdale in the wider County Durham Partnership and, serves as a member of Marwood and Whorlton parish councils and the Traveller’s Forum.

He previously served on Barnard Castle Town Council, helping the community deal with a wide range of issues, from planning applications and crime prevention to highways and health.

His work has proved valuable in protecting the interests and wellbeing of the area and representing the community’s views on various plans and proposals, including the County Durham Plan.

Mr Kinch said: “In my time on Teesdale Action Partnership all meetings, including board meetings, were ‘team’ meetings and decisions were made as a team – I look at this award as an award for all members of the task and finish groups and the board, including all the officers.”

Durham County Council Council chairman Cllr Watts Stelling, who awarded the medal, said: “David’s sterling efforts and tenacity in championing the interests of Teesdale residents deserve recognition.

“The success of our area action partnerships is reliant on them resonating with local people and attracting passionate individuals such as David, whose hard work and enthusiasm have vastly enhanced his community,” he added.