With just a week remaining for public comments to be submitted, nine letters of objection have been lodged against a planning application for a £6m visitor centre to host the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank.
This is in stark contrast to the 4,200 people who have signed a petition calling for Scottish Borders Council to overturn its decision to spend £3.5m on the project.
Brian McCrow, the community councillor who organised the petition, is thus seeking to mobilise opposition to SBC’s planning bid ahead of the August 20 deadline for public comments.
“It’s bad enough that the planning committee is expected to determine a bid from its own council on September 7, but it is worse that the application is being processed during the school holidays while people are away or doing things at home,” said Mr McCrow.
“There should have been an open democratic consultation lasting two months prior to the planning application submission as SBC is well aware that there are objectors from across the Borders.”