Petition to overturn SBC tapestry decision

Alex Salmond considers the creation of a permanent home at Tweedbank Station for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, the world'ss longest embroidered tapestry, reflecting the textile heritage of the area.
Alex Salmond considers the creation of a permanent home at Tweedbank Station for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, the world'ss longest embroidered tapestry, reflecting the textile heritage of the area.

A petition to challenge Scottish Borders Council’s decision to spend £3.5 million on a building at Tweedbank to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland is gathering pace.

It was started last Thursday, by Cardrona resident Brian McCrow and already has over a thousand signatures.

In December 2014 Scottish Borders Council voted 21-10 to ensure the tapestry’s permanent home is here in the Borders, close to the main terminus of the Borders railway.

But not everyone is happy about the decision and residents are being urged to sign either the online peition or a copy in newsagents, shops, cafes and bars over the next few weeks. They plan to present the petition to the council at the end of the month.

The petition reads “We, the undersigned, believe that the decision made by Scottish Borders Council to fund a building in Tweedbank to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an unacceptable use of our council budget at a time when essential services are being cut.

“As residents and tax payers of Scottish Borders Council, we, therefore, request our elected members to overturn the decision to spend £3.5m in this manner.”

If the council’s decision stands the new Tapestry Centre will open during the 2016/17 financial year.

Councillor David Parkersaid: “We have worked hard to secure the tapestry for the Borders. Many other locations were very keen to offer the tapestry a permanent home.”