Au revoir Bar-le-Duc?
GuilDforD Borough Council’s executive has been recommended to approve plans to end the town’s longest twinning relationship.
Guildford was twinned with Bar-le-Duc, france, in 1958, but at an executive meeting at Millmead House on Tuesday (September 26), councillors could pave the way for the relationship to end.
The executive will hear of plans to establish a new agreement with Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris, strengthen ties with freiburg in Germany, and send a council delegation to Dongying in october to sign a formal partnership agreement with the city.
They will be joined by representatives from the university of Surrey.
Deputy leader of the council, Cllr Matt furniss, said: “Boosting international links will benefit the whole borough for residents, businesses and visitors.
“We want to explore, promote and strengthen the economic, educational and tourism links that we have already, in addition to establishing new partnerships and creating potential investment and trade opportunities.”
He added: “Since 1979 we have had an excellent longstanding international relationship as the result of our twinning agreement with freiburg. We are now seeking to deepen that relationship and to develop new ones beginning with Dongying in China and Versailles. We will explore and promote economic, and trade ties and cooperation in aspects of science and technology and other relevant fields.”