Parker set to face the music over tapestry building bid

Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker is due to face a grilling if and when he attends the June meeting of Teviot and Liddesale Area Forum, at which the proposed £6million Great Tapestry of Scotland building at Tweedbank will be high on the agenda.

At February’s forum meeting, Colin Moxey, speaking from the public gallery, asked chairman George Turnbull if Mr Parker could be invited to attend a future meeting to explain the rationale behind SBC’s controversial plans to contribute £3.5million of local tax-payers’ cash to the tapestry project. Mr Turnbull agreed to approach Mr Parker, and last week’s meeting heard community council vice-chair Cameron Knox ask if there had been any correspondence with the the leader on the matter.

Mr Turnbull: “I’ve been in touch with the council leader and he is unable to attend our April meeting. And he’s looking at possibly June at the earliest when he could attend. I don’t think there’s any problem, but he’s got a very hectic diary.”

The Scottish Government is refusing to release its £2.5million share of the tapestry building programme until SBC provides a “fully revised business case”.