It was confirmed today that the Scottish Centre of Textiles will be based in Galashiels.
Project leaders Hamish Carruthers and Alisdaire Lockhart will now work with Heriot Watt University and local MP Michael Moore on the first stage of the Scottish Centre of Textiles project, which is to establish a Scottish National Textile Archive.
It is hoped that the archive will further enhance the reputation of Scottish Textiles and increase footfall to the Borders, both in terms of tourists and professionals.
Michael Moore has described the decision as bringing the completion of the project ‘a step closer’.
“Here in the Borders we have a world-class textiles industry and this Centre has the potential to further enhance its reputation as well as boosting local tourism.
“Choosing where to locate the project in the Borders has been a difficult process but with the railway and other attractions such as Abbotsford, it was decided today that it would be based in Galashiels."
Resurfacing works to the High Street in Galashiels will begin this month.
The work, which will start on Monday 23 February, is expected to last approximately two weeks.
It is being carried out in conjunction with Scotland Gas Networks’ ongoing gas main replacement programme.
Scottish Borders Council says the work is being done in four phases in an effort to maintain traffic flows around the town centre and, weather permitting, will take the following structure:
- Monday 23 February to Thursday 26 February - Bank Street closed
- Friday 27 February to Monday 2 March - The one-way on Sime Place and Bridge Street will be reversed, allowing access from Bank Street. Access to and from Iceland car park will be two-way via the east entrance.
- Saturday 28 February to Monday 2 March - Sime Place and Bridge Street will continue with reversed one way. A section of the High Street will be two-way from the Bridge Place/Island Street junction, and when the resurfacing in phase two reaches the High Street pedestrian crossing, traffic management will change to ensure access to Iceland car park is via the west exit rather than the east entrance.
- Tuesday 3 March to Friday 6 March - Light good vehicles and cars will be allowed access through Channel Street precinct which will help delivery vehicles and traffic flowing around the town centre. The exit from Sime Place will be closed off and the one way order suspended to allow two-way traffic along Sime Place and Bridge Street for local access only.
The MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk has said that the the arrival of the Borders Railway will put the whole area in the spotlight.
MP Michael Moore has told the Scottish Affairs Committee that the Borders Railway is an 'Olympic moment' for the area that can't be wasted.
The 30 mile line is due to be reopened between Edinburgh and the Borders in September.
The Scottish Affairs Committee is in Galashiels to hear evidence about issues facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.
A UK Parliament committee is in Galashiels today to scrutinise issues faced by businesses on the border.
The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear about problems facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.
Among the speaker's are Michael Moore MP and Jack Clark, convener of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce.
A man has been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act after police in Galashiels recovered Class A drugs yesterday,
A volume of cocaine with a potential street value of £4000 was found in a vehicle seized from an address in St Andrews Street.
The 27-year-old man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and will appear in court at a later date.
The first train in over forty years arrived in Galashiels as the Borders Railway line reached the centre of the town.
Construction will continue over the next few months until the line reaches Tweedbank, where it will end.
It is is due to open on September 6
More than forty years after services on the Waverley Line ended, the first train has returned to Galashiels.
Track laying on the new Borders Railway line has reached the centre of the town.
The line, which will eventually end at Tweedbank, is due to open on September 6.
A man and woman have been arrested and charged following two thefts in Galashiels.
The thefts, from two commercial properties, occurred on Tuesday and Friday last week.
The man is 27 years old, and the woman is 17 years old.
They were arrested after stolen items from both premises were found in a property in Galashiels.
The property was searched after information was given to the police by the public.
Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a break-in and theft from a property in Galashiels.
The incident happened around 2:20am on January 30 in Gala Park when a ma was seen forcing entry into a property.
The suspect is thin and 5ft 9inches tall.
“The suspect was last seen on Victoria Street heading towards Lintburn Street and we would urge anyone who may have seen him, or who recognises his description, to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.