Berwick bids are backed by Coastal Communities Team

Four bids worthmore than £1.3million have been submitted to the Government's Coastal Communities Fund for Berwick projects.

Friday, 11th May 2018, 09:21 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 13:25 pm
Berwick Barracks

The town’s Coastal Community Team (CCT) supported bids tabled for projects at Tweed Dock (£330,000), Berwick barracks (£324,550) and Berwick quayside pontoons (£300,000).

Berwick Harbour Commission is seeking funding to provide visitor welcome facilities, the barracks team wants to provide catering/café and improved toilet facilities, while 12 yacht pontoons are proposed on the quayside.

The support of the CCT is considered crucial to the success of the bids.

An application was also submitted last month by the CCT itself to a fast-track revenue only stream for £319,000.

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The Berwick Welcome Visitor project aims to establish the town as a ‘you must go there’ visitor destination, increase visitor footfall, encourage extended visitor stay and extend the current visitor season to ensure that Berwick gains the maximum economic return from tourism and visitor markets.

Julien Lake, CCT member and chief executive of Berwick Community Trust, said: “Berwick has four applications into the Fund and I think is a really positive reflection of how much is going on.

“We don’t expect to get more than one through to the next round. It is important to try and cover lots of potential issues while not looking like we are taking a scatter gun approach.”