Tapestry decision is delayed

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A decision will finally be made in November about where – if anywhere – to locate the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Rather than decide between Tweedbank and Galashiels as a final destination for the tapestry, or not to proceed with either option, Scottish Borders councillors agreed last Thursday that further investigations are needed into the potential costs involved.

Leaderdale and Melrose councillor David Parker, leader of Scottish Borders Council, described it a a “hugely significant decision”, saying: “Councillors are carefully considering all the information and business case for the potential Galashiels site for the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre.

“That business case identifies that the Galashiels project is £1.1m more expensive than Tweedbank at its current stage of development and the project would also need ongoing revenue subsidy.

“The potential of the Galashiels option is significant and could transform the town into a true visitor destination and become a catalyst for further town centre regeneration, but this would come at a price.

“The Tweedbank site remains a very strong option and would also result in a wonderful facility for the Borders which would attract significant numbers of tourists and would have a very positive impact on our local economy.”