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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.

Completion of Borders Railway officially marked

The completion of track laying will be made official today Credit: ITV Border

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.

Workers celebrating finishing the Borders Railway Credit: ITV Border


Borders Dementia unit saved from closure

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.

“We are pleased to announce the proposed sale of Craw Wood to the reputable care provider, Mansfield Care, who already manage a number of similar services, including three in the Scottish Borders. The sale of Craw Wood is the best possible outcome as it maintains the service for the current residents and the jobs of the staff. We anticipate that we can conclude the sale and hope to be able to transfer the service within the next six months. In the meantime, Eildon will continue to provide its high standards of care at the service.”

– Nile Istephan, Chief Executive of the Eildon Group

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.

Attempted break-in at Tweedbank Craft Centre

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.

Borders Railway project: How will it affect you?

The Borders Railway project will see 30 miles of rail built between Edinburgh and Tweedbank Credit: ITV News

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

Variety is the spice of sports

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.

"I think it is vital for young people in the Borders to have somewhere to go, to know that they are going to get a good experience, and know they have got a variety of sports they can try. We have got everything from hockey, football, cycling, even indoor bowls and rambling that people can join, we cater for all people right through the demographic"

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