Petition attempting to unravel tapestry spending plans

John Devlin 02/05/14. PAISLEY: The Great Tapestry of Scotland to go on display. The hand-stitched tapestry includes more than 160 panels depicting Scotland's history from the Ice Age to the reconvening of Parliament. It will displayed in the west of Scotland for the first time after exhibitions in the north and east of the country.

John Devlin 02/05/14. PAISLEY: The Great Tapestry of Scotland to go on display. The hand-stitched tapestry includes more than 160 panels depicting Scotland's history from the Ice Age to the reconvening of Parliament. It will displayed in the west of Scotland for the first time after exhibitions in the north and east of the country.

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Tempers could unravel today when councillors debate spending proposals that include millions for a building to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank.

This morning members of Scottish Borders Council will be asked to back the spending of £200,000 in 2015/16 and £5.8m the following year in construction costs on the project, which is dependent on a £2.5m government contribution.

However, a council report cautions that a significant amount of work still needs done to get the project fully defined, external funding secured and construction works tendered.

Brian McCrow, the Innerleithen community councillor who launched a petition urging the tapestry decision be overturned, said this proved SBC had acted prematurely.

“The Scottish Government promised £10m for regeneration along the 30-mile railway corridor and the Borders is to get 25 per cent of that total,” claimed Mr McCrow. “This should cover the 20 miles from Heriot to Tweedbank, but instead the whole lot is going on the tapestry building.

“I cannot believe residents of Falahill, Heriot, Fountainhall, Stow and Galashiels think this is an equitable use of these funds.”

His petition has now garnered 3,300 signatures.