Introduction to Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Council
It’s hard not to notice what Berwick Town Council does; we have eleven play areas, 300 benches and dozens of litter bins across the three communities of Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal. Our CCTV cameras help to keep the community safe. Staff we fund who work for Northumberland County Council clean the streets, cut the grass, and improve the environment, doing everything from litter picking to supporting volunteers in our parks.
Out contribution isn’t just about the services we badge or support. We provide support to major events like the Riding of the Bounds and the Autumn Festivals with both funding and expertise. We support events that contribute to tourism in Berwick, and to tourism publications, and to events that continue Berwick’s traditions as the most Scottish of English towns.
Local community groups are grant funded by the Town Council, and we work in collaboration with partners on projects ranging from the re-development of Berwick Barracks to local events like Spittal Seaside Festival and Tweedmouth Feast.
In an increasingly complex world we work hard to build partnerships at local and regional level, providing appropriate levels of input to joint bodies and working groups that enable the Town Council to have a voice in Berwick’s Future. We also are responsible for preparing the Neighbourhood Plan and acting as a consultee on planning applications in the town.
More about the Town Council
Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Council was created on 3rd March 2008 and has 16 voluntary Councillors who represent 7 wards covering Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal, which have a combined population of about 12,000.
The Council meets in Berwick's Town Hall. In addition there are committees which focus on Budget & Administration, Local Services, People & Communities and Planning. Residents of Berwick-upon-Tweed are encouraged to attend Town Council meetings to discuss local issues; the dates of meetings can be found here.
The Town Mayor carries out a range of civic duties during the year, as well as chairing the Council. The Civic Party is made up of the Town Mayor, Mayoress (or Mayor's Consort), the Sheriff and Sheriff's Lady. The Town Council is staffed by a Town Clerk, an Assistant to the Clerk and a Finance Officer who are based in The Berwick WorkSpace on Marygate (see below for contact details). The Civic Party is supported by the Sergeant-at-Mace and Halberdier.