Local MSP John Lamont has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament in support of the latest push to restore the Union Chain Bridge across the Tweed.
The Conservative MSP said this week: “The Union Chain Bridge is a fantastic Borders landmark and one which is certainly worthy of protection. Not only is it an important transport link south of the border, it is a bridge of huge significance to the history of engineering and a noteworthy tourist attraction.
“I hope that those with responsibility for the Bridge can work together to secure the necessary funding in order to restore the crossing fully before 2020. I note that Scottish Borders Council have already entered into discussions and urge them to move as quickly as possible to identify their share of the funding needed to restore the Bridge.”
More than 70 people attended a recent meeting to launch Union Chain Bridge Friends, a group pushing for its renovation.
The Parliamentary motion lodged by Mr Lamont reads, in part: “That the Parliament supports the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge in its efforts to secure full restoration of the Union Chain Bridge, which links Fishwick in Berwickshire to Horncliffe in Northumberland; understands that, although the bridge is the oldest example of an iron chain suspension bridge still in use in Europe, years of underinvestment have left it at risk of falling into disrepair; calls on the organisations with responsibility for its maintenance, including Scottish Borders Council and Historic Scotland, to work with Friends of the Union Chain Bridge to secure funding for future repair work.”