Decision on site for tapestry to be made behind closed doors

David Parker SBC Leader
David Parker SBC Leader

A decision on where the Great Tapestry of Scotland will be housed - Tweedbank or Galashiels - could be made by Scottish Borders councillors this week.

A report on the two possible sites was to be considered in private, due to the inclusion of commercially sensitive information ,but council leader David Parker is to move that it’s heard in public.

Elected members will hear that both the previously identified Tweedbank site, opposite Tweedbank Railway Station, and a town centre site in Galashiels are viable options for siting the visitor centre - the Scottish Government committing up to £2.5million and SBC up to £3.5m.

Councillor David Parker, SBC leader, said: “We are proposing that we proceed to look in further detail at the Galashiels option as this may attract further additional funding that the Tweedbank project could not access and it would also act as a significant town centre regeneration project.

“Siting the visitor centre in Galashiels town centre would have the potential to unlock substantial benefits for the town, including transforming it into a true visitor destination.

“Both sites are viable and that the Tweedbank site has a very strong business case.”