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More money for twinning associations
COUNCILLORS are set to give more money Salisbury’s twinning associations to allow them forge stronger links with towns in France in Germany.
Members of the city council’s services committee voted in favour of more formal support and financial backing for Salisbury’s Saintes and Xanten twinning associations at a meeting on Monday night.
Salisbury has been twinned with Saintes in France since 1990 and with Xanten in Germany since 2006 and the associations organise events and interaction and promote the links between the cities.
The city council has given one-off grants of £500 to both associations before but on an ad hoc basis.
Now councillors have decided it would be better to offer more permanent support and set aside £3,000 set aside in the council budget for the council to be more pro-actively involved in the twinning, as well as in the sister city relationship the city has with Salisbury in Maryland and Salisbury in North Carolina in the USA.
The money will be used to fund events and activities such as transport to and from the twin cities and the costs of refreshments, performers and the staging of events to promote twinning.
They also agreed the Saintes and Xanten associations should be given a grant of £500 each a year for the next three years to help them plan visits and to support their work.
Mayor Penny Brown said: “I’ve had the pleasure of visiting both and they are both hugely supported. “Xanten is a reasonably new twinning but there’s tremendous support there. “When I work as a guide at the cathedral we have coach-loads of German tourists and they get terribly excited when we tell them we are twinned with Xanten.”
The final approval for funding will have to be given by the council’s policy and resources committee which meets on Monday.
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