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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.

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Council 'confident' in Tapestry decision

Some residents in the Borders are opposing plans to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Tweedbank.

They are unhappy with both the cost of the project and the location itself.

But the Scottish Borders Council says it is confident that its allocation of £3.5 million for a new building for the Tapestry will pay off.

Tapestry "should go to a textile-based town"

A petition against the Great Tapestry of Scotland moving to Tweedbank has gained more than 1000 signatures.

The Scottish Borders Council say the tapestry will be good for tourism.

But some residents are concerned about the choice of location, and are calling for it to be displayed somewhere they consider more appropriate.

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