Council pledges its support to Tweed Dock development
Town councillors have given their formal support to Berwick Harbour Commission's efforts to raise finances for the redevelopment of Tweed Dock.
Commissioners are weighing up whether to pursue the £2.5million to £3million needed to replace the wooden jetty or a more ambitious plan for additional leisure facilities which would push the costs up to £5.5million.
Chief executive Alan Irving has warned that the rapidly deteriorating condition of the timber alignment jetty at the entrance to the dock, an essential navigational aid for ships, is a big headache. If it collapses the port will immediately close to all cargo vessels.
Its original proposal was to replace the jetty and include a passenger landing facility which would allow cruise ships to anchor and transfer passengers to shore. It also incorporated a mini-marina facility for up to 20 leisure craft.
Commissioners are also in the early stages of discussion with several potential new customers, each of which are involved in non-agricultural commodities. With this in mind, it is considering a bid to the Coastal Communities Fund.