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Controversial 'Great Tapestry of Scotland' plans approved

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will be permanently housed in the Scottish Borders Credit: ITV Border

Plans for a controversial six million pound scheme to permanently house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in the Scottish Borders have been approved.

Scottish Borders Council granted planning permission today for a two-storey building for the tapestry at Tweedbank.

The authority is contributing three and a half million pounds to the project which councillors say will boost tourism.

Last week a petition signed by thousands, urging the council to drop its financial support, was rejected.


Campaigner criticises 'closed minds' at Council

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

The campaigner who set up a petition against Scottish Borders Council's decision to house a tapestry in Tweedbank, has criticised the council for rejecting the petition.

Brian McCrow's petition was signed by more than 4,000 people, and debated by councillors today.

The main concerns were the amount of money the council is investing in the project - £3.5m - and the decision to locate the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank, rather than a town with a more textiles-based history.

It's not unexpected. I thought there would be some closed minds in the council and there were."

– Brian McCrow, main petitioner

But the council leader says their decision to reject the petition was the right one:

I think it was the right decision. Elected members carefully considered the petition and we had a very good debate about the evidence."

– David Parker, leader Scottish Borders Council

Tapestry petition rejected by council

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

A petition against plans to permanently house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Tweedbank has been rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

The complaints were discussed at a meeting of councillors today.

Amongst them were concerns that the plan is too costly - the council has agreed to put around £3.5m into the construction of a purpose-built centre for the tapestry.

The concerns could have gone before a full council meeting, but that will not now happen.


Council's Great Tapestry of Scotland plan could be scrapped

The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

A decision by Scottish Borders Council to contribute around £3.5 million towards the construction of an arts centre to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland, is being scrutinised at a meeting today.

Four thousand people have signed a petition against the idea, saying it's "unacceptable'" when services are being cut.

There has also been criticism of the decision to build the centre in Tweedbank.

The council says people will use the new Borders Railway, which stops in the town, to come and see it.

But protestors say it should be built in a town with more of a textiles-based history.

At a meeting today councillors will consider the petition's findings, and if they accept them there will be a full council meeting to consider how to proceed.

Roads Minister: Cumbria to North East is 'national pinch point'

The A69 could be made a dual carriageway. Credit: ITV Border

Roads Minister Andrew Jones says there is a "national pinch point" between Cumbria and the North East when it comes to road transport.

He's in Carlisle today, to look at plans to turn two major Cumbrian roads, the A69 and A66, into dual carriageways:

The key thing here is we know we have a national pinch point. We want to improve the east to west connections in the north of our country.

And how do we do that is the question we've asked. And we've asked it in a strategic study, which is going to report next year, and that will form part of our thinking in how we construct future road investment schemes."

– Andrew Jones, Roads Minister
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