Chain Bridge project seeks residents’ input

Two public consultation events are being held for people to find out more about the bid to conserve the historic Union Chain Bridge.

Friday, 8th February 2019, 8:42 am
Chain Bridge (Union Chain Suspension Bridge) spanning the Tweed, and the border between England and Scotland at Horncliffe

Members of the project team and Friends of the Union Chain Bridge will be at Hutton Village Hall on Saturday, February 9, from 11am to 1pm, then at Horncliffe Memorial Hall from 2pm to 4pm.

Information will be provided on the plans for the project’s main conservation and engineering work, as well as for exhibitions, site interpretation and educational and community events.

Engagement with the public is vital to the success of the project, with a second round Heritage Lottery Fund bid currently being finalised.

The project is now in a one year development phase after initial support for lottery funding was approved last March, securing a £360,000 grant. It meant the £7.3million project could be progressed further, ahead of the second round bid this March.

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Scottish Borders Council, Northumberland County Council, Friends of the Union Chain Bridge and Museums Northumberland – formerly the Woodhorn Charitable Trust - are working on the scheme.

A project spokesman said: “We need the public to help us shape this project and therefore would encourage as many people as possible to come along to these consultation events ahead of our Heritage Lottery Funding bid being submitted.

“Alongside conserving and promoting the Union Chain Bridge, our project also aims to raise the profile of nearby attractions, providing learning opportunities for young people inspired by the bridge’s innovative engineering, and developing meaningful cross-border heritage projects and partnerships.”

The bridge celebrates its 200th birthday in 2020.