Chain Bridge news - and the latest from Horncliffe Parish Council

The Friends of Union Chain Bridge are trying to increase their membership from 600 to 1,000.

Saturday, 19th November 2016, 7:43 am
Chain Bridge (Union Chain Suspension Bridge) spanning the Tweed, and the border between England and Scotland at Horncliffe

The group was founded to support the preservation of the bridge and hopes repairs will be done in time for its bicentenary in 2020, it was reported to Horncliffe Parish Council.

Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council are responsible for the repairs to the bridge.

The chairman suggested there is a need for additional signage to encourage more visitors.

Members confirmed the vice chairman T W Cockburn would be the parish council representative on the Friends group for the forthcoming year.

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Elsewhere in the parish...

Arts Festival: Mr William Hamilton informed the meeting that the Art Festival will now take place in 2018. The Chairman asked about the request for Parish Councillors to sit on the board, as she was concerned that this would exceed the authority and role of the Parish Council. It was agreed the Parish Council would not be involved. Mr Hamilton replied this was not a necessity it was only a request. Mr Hamilton confirmed the legalities are covered and he does not need to apply for a licence as this was also covered. The meeting noted the update.

Footpaths: Parish Councillors raised concerns about - Dog fouling towards the fishing shiel; Not all of Footpath No 1 within the parish is being cut twice a year. It was agreed the clerk contact the footpaths officer and ask him to attend a site meeting with parish councillor C Mole

Precept 2017/18: The meeting considered the budget as per the breakdown on the balance sheet and agreed not to amend the current budget figures and due to the current bank balance, it was agreed the Precept for 2017/18 would remain at £3,300.