No blooming show for Bank Street Gardens

Bank Street in Galashiels.

Bank Street in Galashiels.

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Tourism officials have been accused of ignoring Galashiels’ Bank Street Gardens, despite its integral role in the town’s Beautiful Scotland bid.

And Drew Tulley also labelled tourist information available on the town as laughable.

The former Scottish Borders Council convener made the comments a week after Beautiful Scotland judges inspected the Gardens and other scenic spots of Galashiels, such as Old Gala House.

Speaking at the town’s community council meeting, Mr Tulley said: “Bank Street is one of the finest streets around and the council workers deserve some credit for what they are doing in the town.

“But when was the last time you saw a meaningful photograph of Bank Street in the tourist brochures?

“We are very poorly serviced as a tourist destination.

“The tourism information for the town is a joke. We need meaningful information.

“How tourist officers can ignore Bank Street Gardens is beyond belief.”

Paula McDonald, VisitScotland regional director, said Galashiels was an integral part of its promotion of the Borders.

She added: “It is woven into all our campaigns and guides through food and drink, fishing, walking, golf, events, cycling, and attractions such as Old Gala House and Thornielee Forest, as well as a listing on our website for Gala Bank Street Gardens.

“In addition to this we look forward to welcoming the new railway in 2015. Undoubtedly this will have a great impact on tourism.”

Community council chairman Ian Purvis added his praise for SBC staff who tend to Bank Street Gardens.

He said: “Everyone is quick to criticise, but I think they are doing a great job with the gardens.

“It is a unique and beautiful part of the town.”