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Selkirk wall saga comes to an end

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A long-running saga in Selkirk will come to an end this month when work finally begins on repairing a wall at the Glen Hotel.

The owners of the hotel and Scottish Borders Council have been locked in a war over who was responsible for fixing it for nearly four years.

A temporary one-way system has been in place since May 2013, but the council and the owner of the hotel have now reached ad agreement.

Work is due to get underway in a matter of weeks at a cost of £100,000.

The completion of the works will allow the re-opening of the northbound lane of Yarrow Terrace which has been cordoned off since negotiations began.

"This has been a long standing issue but it was important that an agreeable resolution was found for all parties.

"We understand the considerable disruption caused to local people while negotiations have been ongoing and thank them for their patience.

"Once the work on the wall is completed, the temporary one-way system will be removed and Yarrow Terrace will return to a two-way road."

– Cllr Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Scottish Borders Council


Bumper Christmas sales on Carlisle's High Street

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Retailers in the region are saying that it's been a bumper Christmas on the High Street.

Footfall in Carlisle city centre was at a 10 year high in the run up to Christmas and spending in the sales is almost 10% up on this time last year.

We started off on Boxing Day at 6am, with queues waiting to get into Next. And it's continued. So despite of what was spent before Christmas, people still hold some back and then come out in their thousands and spend it, which is great."

– David Jackson, The Lanes Shopping Centre

Thousands of shoppers expected to hit the high street for Boxing Day sales

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Thousands of people are expected to hit the high street today for the Boxing Day sales.

of Britons will shop in the Boxing Day sales, according to Barclaycard.

Consumer appetite for the sales has dampened this year due to extended discounts by many retailers, according to a new survey by Barclaycard.

Nearly a quarter of Britons will shop in the Boxing Day sales, which is down from 32% last year.

Councillors welcome Great Tapestry decision

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The Leader of Scottish Borders Council says he is "delighted" that the Great Tapestry of Scotland will be permanently stationed in the Borders.

Councillors voted for Galashiels as the new home for the giant artwork.

It means a visitor centre will be created for the community arts project which councillors say has the potential to deliver a "successful tourism and regeneration proposition."

“I am delighted such a nationally and internationally important arts project is coming to the Borders.

Councillors were presented with a report that set out the details of a comprehensive due diligence process.

“That process has convinced the Scottish Government to provide £2.5m and we hope the proposal will benefit from enhanced support from a range of other funders.

“Notably, the proposal has a wide range of significant community support.

"The Galashiels option provides greater flexibility for educational and community uses within an affordable, deliverable and well located site.

“It means a world-class tourist attraction can be provided in this town centre location, close to the new Borders Railway and benefiting from excellent road links.

– David Parker, Leader, Scottish Borders Council

The decision by Councillors to go with the former Post Office and Poundstretcher buildings in Galashiels as the site of the Tapestry also means the Scottish Government’s previous £2.5million funding pledge is confirmed. In total, the project will cost £6.7 million.

“I welcome today’s decision by Scottish Borders Council, which opens up the ambitious prospect of a new home for the Great Tapestry aligned with the broader tourism, regeneration and community benefits to Galashiels and beyond.

" The Scottish Government continues to earmark £2.5m for this project and I look forward to seeing progress with the next stages of its development.”

– Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

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Location of Great Tapestry set to be approved

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Councillors in the Scottish Borders are expected to approve plans for the Great Tapestry of Scotland to be housed in Galashiels.

A debate on where to display the the giant artwork has been ongoing for two years.

The former First Minister Alex Salmond announced in 2014 that it would be kept at a new site on an industrial estate in Tweedbank.

The Scottish Government pledged £2.5million to build a new visitor centre, with Scottish Borders Council agreeing to set aside £3.5 million.

However, now instead of building a £6 million visitor centre in Tweedbank - the council look set to bring the tapestry to Galashiels - at an estimated cost of £6.7 million.

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