Portland decides against renewing town twinning

Portland decides against renewing town twinning

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 7:33am 23rd September 2019. (Updated at 8:14am 23rd September 2019)

Weymouth and Portland have been jointly twinned with towns in France and Germany since 1986.

But since separating from the Borough Council in April, Portland's decided not to renew the 33-year twinning with Louviers in France and Holzwickede in Germany.

Portland Town Councillor, Charlie Flack said:

"The decision, after quite a long discussion, was not to proceed with renewing as it didn't offer value for money.

Despite paying into the scheme, he says Portland never really reaped the benefits of the relationship.

"Portland's Mayor acts as vice-president of the twinning society for both France and Germany, with the Mayor of Weymouth being the president.

"And as far as I'm aware, Portland's Mayor has never ever been invited across when they do the visits."

Sign declaing Weymouth and Portland's twinned status with Holzwickede and Louviers
Sign declaing Weymouth and Portland's twinned status with Holzwickede and Louviers

Instead, they say they're possibly looking to twin with another town that shares the name Portland somewhere else in the world.

There are 12 other places in the world called Portland.

What is Town Twinning?

Over the years, twinning between Portland and its former sister towns has mostly meant regular language exchange programs.

Twinning is part-supported by EU funding.

Twinning.org says:

"A twinning is the coming together of two communities seeking, in this way, to take action with a European perspective and with the aim of facing their problems and developing between themselves closer and closer ties of friendship".