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Chamber chair faces challenge

John Haswell and Scott Dickinson would like to see better signage for Berwick from the A1

John Haswell and Scott Dickinson would like to see better signage for Berwick from the A1

The chairman of Berwick Chamber of Trade is expecting a challenge for his position at the organisation’s annual general meeting tonight.

John Haswell, the current chairman, plans to stand for re-election but believes an effort is being made to oust him.

“I’ve heard there was a meeting at the Castle Hotel where three other members of the Chamber of Trade were asked to stand as chairman to depose me,” he said.

“I don’t know if it’s personal or political but I’m disappointed these sort of underhand efforts are being made.”

If there is to be a vote on the next chairman, Mr Haswell wants it to be an open ballot.

“In the past there has just been a show of hands but I’ve heard they might want a closed ballot this time,” he said. “I think it should remain an open vote.”

Mr Haswell has helped raise the profile of the Chamber since coming into post two years ago.

In particular, his campaign for free parking which mustered more than 3,000 signatures in Berwick alone was a success.

He has also been pushing for improved tourist information on the A1 at the Lamberton border, as well as new Berwick signs on the A1 Scremerston roundabout.

Both proposals have been delayed but remain in the pipeline.

The design and content for the proposed plinth at the border has been agreed. Berwick-based Fantasy Prints will make and install the plinth. The project also includes a fixed tourist information point unit. Its content will be provided by Berwick Tourist Information Centre staff who will also update it.

 

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