Petition opposing tapestry centre not valid claims SBC

Petition with 4,303 signatures handed over to SBC's depute convener Jim Brown by campaigner Brian McCrow.

Petition with 4,303 signatures handed over to SBC's depute convener Jim Brown by campaigner Brian McCrow.

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A petition calling on Scottish Borders Council to scrap its £3.5m commitment to a visitor centre for the Great Tapestry of Scotland next to the Tweedbank rail terminus has been deemed “not valid”.

The ruling came on Monday just hours after the entreaty, with 4,303 signatures, was handed over to the council’s depute convener Jim Brown by campaigner Brian McCrow.

“The petition is not valid as it is not on the SBC prescribed form and only has a postcode for individuals rather than a full address,” said a council spokesman.

However, he confirmed that, even if it is resubmitted in a proper format, it will not be considered until June by the new Petitions and Delegations Committee.

That is because it requires a two thirds majority of councillors to vote for a suspension of standing orders to enable any decision to be revisited within six months of it being taken.

It was in December last year, that the ruling SNP/Lib Dem/Independent combined to vote through the £3.5m borrowing, repayable at £208,000 a year for 30 years.

A bid last month by the Conservative opposition group to suspend standing orders so the sum could be removed from the capital programme was comfortably defeated.