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.
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.
But the council leader says their decision to reject the petition was the right one:
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.
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.
The completion of track laying at the Borders Railway will be officially marked today.
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Keith Brown will join workers and will clip the final length of track into place at Tweedbank Station.
A care home in Tweedbank that provides a specialised service for patients with dementia is to be sold.
Craw Wood Care Home faced closure when Scottish Borders Council cancelled its contract last year.
The home is being sold to Mansfield Care in a move which secures the service for the 13 residents and 30 full and part time staff.
Craw Wood has been providing quality care, primarily for residents with dementia and complex needs, for 18 years and the Eildon Group will continue its work in supporting people across the region through its housing, care and support activities.
Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information after an attempted break-in at the Tweedbank Craft Centre.
A window was smashed at the centre on Haining Drive in Tweedbank sometime between 7:00pm on Tuesday, 29 July and 8:30am on Wednesday, 30 July.
Police say nothing was taken in the incident but the cost of repairs to the damaged property will be 'considerable'.
Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Drop-in sessions are being held to tell people more about the Borders Rail project.
30 miles of rail will be built between Edinburgh and Tweedbank.
The team behind it will explain to people how construction will affect them.
The dates and timings for the drop-in sessions are as follows:
Tuesday 3 December, 3-7pm – The Hive, Low Buckholmside, Galashiels, TD1 1RT
Tuesday 10 December, 3-7pm – Stow Town Hall, Stow, TD1 2QN
The latest sports hub in the Scottish Borders is to be officially launched today.
The initiative is being rolled out at nine venues in the region. The most recent is at Tweedbank Sports Centre
The idea behind the sports hub is that different sporting clubs and groups can practice at the same time. This means they can share facilities, coaches and players.
Community Sports hub manager Mark Drummond says variety in sports is important.