Funding bid prepared for Berwick quayside pontoons

Town councillors have given their backing to a £300,000 funding bid for floating pontoons for visiting yachts on Berwick quayside.

Friday, 6th April 2018, 3:48 pm
Updated Friday, 6th April 2018, 3:59 pm
The Chandlery in Berwick quayside

He said a moorings management group still needed to be formed because when the river is in spate it would not be possible to use the pontoons.

The town council had already agreed to the scheme in principle and invested £10,000 in a feasibility study which established it was possible to have pontoons on the quayside.

Coun Karin Graham said: “I don’t agree with the clerk. The bid is way ahead of lots of others. It’s strong with good information.

“It’s a win-win for Berwick. It will create jobs, and bring money into the town, just as similar schemes have in Eyemouth and Amble.”

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Coun Hazel Bettison added: “We should be supporting the bid. We paid £10,000 for a feasibility study. If we’re not going to support it now, why support it in the first place?”

She also appealed for anyone else with expertise in this type of project to get in touch.

Coun Alex Gibson, however, still has reservations.

“The waters on that side of the river are very hostile,” he said. “It could work but I would not want my name put against it.”

Members voted 9-2 in favour of the scheme.

Stephen Scott, secretary of Berwick Chamber of Trade, said: “Berwick Chamber of Trade are delighted that the town council has offered its support to this initiative.

“We believe if the funding bid is successful, then the pontoons will add significant value to tourism in the town and a boost to the economy.

“The Chamber has already offered its services to be part of the management team on the project and if necessary we are also happy to submit the funding application in the name of the Chamber.”