1. ITV Report

Great Tapestry of Scotland: £6m Tweedbank scheme could be shelved

An impression of the tapestry at Tweedbank. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

An alternative home has been suggested for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, which had been set to be based at Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders.

The choice was controversial because of the six million pound cost of the scheme, and thousands of people signed a petition for Scottish Borders Council to drop its financial support.

The council had agreed to put forwards £3.5 million of the cost, and said the scheme would boost tourism.

They are still in favour of basing it in Tweedbank, but say an alternative home in the Scottish Borders is now being considered.

Buildings have recently become available in the centre of Galashiels, and the council says housing the tapestry there could help regenerate the town.

The buildings were not vacant when the decision was taken to base the tapestry in Tweedbank.

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

Scottish Borders Council says it continues to support Tweedbank as a location for the tapestry, pointing to the role of the Borders Railway in bringing thousands of people to the area.

In August councillors will see a detailed report, and will decide whether to proceed with Tweedbank, or pursue the Galashiels option.

Tweedbank remains the preferred site for the home of the Great Tapestry of Scotland as the Trustees believe that a very innovative and strong proposal has been developed.

Following discussions with the Council, the Trustees are open-minded about considering a Galashiels option, if it proves deliverable and financially viable.

The Trustees are very clear that no other Borders site, apart from one in Tweedbank or Galashiels, would be acceptable as it is critical that the Tapestry visitor centre has the best road access possible and is within walking distance of the railway station at Tweedbank or Galashiels.

– Alistair Moffat, Tapestry Trustees