Union Chain Bridge views are wanted in support of lottery bid

The Union Bridge, also known as the Union Suspension Bridge or Union Chain Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe, Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Berwickshire, Scotland
The Union Bridge, also known as the Union Suspension Bridge or Union Chain Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe, Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Berwickshire, Scotland

Members of the public are being invited to give their views on the Union Chain Bridge as part of ambitious plans to safeguard its future.

Northumberland County Council, Scottish Borders Council and the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge are jointly working on a £7.8million project to secure its status, including a bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery, ahead of its 200th anniversary in 2020.

Chain Bridge (Union Chain Suspension Bridge) spanning the Tweed, and the border between England and Scotland at Horncliffe

Chain Bridge (Union Chain Suspension Bridge) spanning the Tweed, and the border between England and Scotland at Horncliffe

To assist with developing the bid, the project team is now asking members of the public to give their views on what they would like the Union Chain Bridge to offer in future years as a visitor attraction, including events and educational activities.

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “I do hope people will find the time to fill in this survey – letting the project team know what they would like to see from the Union Chain Bridge into the future.

“It is a fascinating structure – internationally important and key to our history and heritage, and which has a great deal to offer to future generations of local residents and to visitors to the area.

“Along with our colleagues in Scotland we are committed to safeguarding its future and status, as well as its contribution to the local tourism economy.”

Robbie Hunter, chairman of the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge, said: “The restoration of the Union Chain Bridge provides an unique opportunity to not only conserve one of the most important and pioneering bridges in Britain, but also for the communities on both sides of the Tweed to benefit from its renovation through activities connected to the programme.

“The survey we are conducting will enable us to focus on why people think the bridge is important and how we can ensure that the communities benefit from the works.”

Both councils have pledged £1million to the project.