Cancel the Tapestry project

It's an enormous white elephant with a shoddy business case. 

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This is a massive project and it's one we cannot afford

by HelixSanderson on November 21, 2015 at 11:19PM

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  • Posted by rosebaird November 24, 2015 at 15:11

    I agree. Ridiculous way to spend our money
  • Posted by BrawLass November 27, 2015 at 12:37

    We do not have the money to waste on this project
  • Posted by ancrumcraig November 27, 2015 at 16:13

    I also agree. This could go in the empty (former school) building at Carlton Hill in Edinburgh. Borders money would be better spent extending the railway to St Boswells to connect with the A68
  • Posted by pratt November 28, 2015 at 08:32

    If an existing building cannot be used then stop this project now. Is a tapestry really going to attract people to the Borders unless it is in an area that already has attractions located in it.....? Do not waste more money. Good idea to put the money towards extending the railway.
  • Posted by Bramble December 05, 2015 at 17:19

    This project should be halted now, rather than proceeding with breaking ground on it. The original business case showed it was a questionable investment. With enlarging the site and taking over income earning premises, the returns must look even worse. And is the council really going to benefit from income from product sales in the shop? Or are the Trustees?
  • Posted by Taxpayer December 08, 2015 at 09:13

    Just a thought - save the money and pop the tapestry into the still-not used Transport Interchange in Gala?
  • Posted by bduff December 09, 2015 at 21:26

    A vanity project we cannot afford
  • Posted by abell December 17, 2015 at 02:40

    As previously noted, put it in a restored mill or leave it in Edinburgh.
  • Posted by teej January 19, 2016 at 18:43

    people, if they can be bothered looking at this (its nice but not worth travelling for!) will then get straight back on the train as there is nothing to do in Tweedbank; if it was in Galashiels at least there may be some income from people spending in the town.
  • Posted by catmac January 20, 2016 at 09:44

    The money would be better used to turn the Jim Clark Museum into a national F1 and rallying centre/museum. It could be really exciting and people would come from all over the country, possibly the world, to see this. This would boost the Borders economy generally. I cannot believe the same can be said of a tapestry centre.
  • Posted by BordersGirl January 21, 2016 at 09:08

    Absolute waste of money. Wont bring anything valuable to the Borders or its people. There are far higher priorities to spend money on.
  • Posted by bruced January 21, 2016 at 11:04

    We cant afford it and better things to spend Our money on.
  • Posted by Redgauntlet January 21, 2016 at 11:35

    Could not agree more with the previous comments. A complete waste of money, the business plan does not show any chance of it ever making money let alone paying for itself. We are shackling our children and grandchildren with an enormous debt for a vanity project. If the trust controlling the tapestry want it in the Borders let them pay for it - this should not be paid for by Borders taxpayers. The councillors are once more talking about reducing services and staff, we already receive below standard services from this council - do not make it worse.
  • Posted by tubefly January 21, 2016 at 13:11

    I fully agree with previous comments. This is a complete extravagance and council vanity project with no solid business case. Is it a coincidence that the proposed site in an "Industrial" area just happens to be in the ward of the schemes most ardent supporter?
    We can not afford the commitment of 30 years of payment from our taxpayers on something that has been already seen "Free" by the majority of people who are interested in it.
    These proposed monies are sorely needed for already stretched services, not squandered like this.
  • Posted by Gail76 January 21, 2016 at 16:05

    I agree with previous comments. I can only see this as an ego trip for David Parker and Tracey Logan having already ignored previous petitions!!!
  • Posted by RainbowQueen January 22, 2016 at 13:47

    If it can't go in one of the many empty buildings in the Borders then it shouldn't come. People won't pay to come then pay to see it if there is nothing else in the area to see. Put it in a town with shops/cafes so more businesses can benefit.
  • Posted by mjb January 22, 2016 at 17:40

    I completely agree we cannot afford and do not need this project! If the council wishes to be a success spend the money on education and maintaining the roads and bridges which are falling apart, not on vanity projects.
  • Posted by Huw January 23, 2016 at 15:18

    In times of supposed austerity, where the SBC is struggling to find funding for issues which are immeasurably more important to the community, I really don't understand how projects of this sort make it on to the agenda. It's a non-starter.
  • Posted by darkager January 25, 2016 at 19:46

    I like the tapestry, it’s a skilfully crafted piece of work. However, our elected councillors have decided, in times of austerity and cuts, to borrow £3.5m (total cost £6m+) to be paid back at £17,000 per month for the next 30 years (think about it!), simply to provide a building to house it in an unsuitable location, on a bland industrial estate with minimal facilities or other attractions.
     The limited scope of the £40,000 feasibility study apparently only considered locations within Tweedbank – if that's correct, then that’s not a feasibility study, that’s a done deal. I understand those costs only cover the establishment of the project, not its running costs – so is it going to cost £10 to see it, or is it going to be free of charge as its Trustees would wish? What will annual running costs be? Who will be liable for any annual losses? (I think we know the answer to that).
     Over 4,000 people signed the petition opposing the plan, but our elected representatives chose not to listen. How many of them will still be paying the debt through council tax in 2046? There’s so much wrong with this decision.
    We could all spend £3.5m – repair the potholes, and properly, not those crude patches that crumble in a fortnight; improve the cycling infrastructure for the benefit of both locals and visitors; support some of the hard-pressed charitable groups that work so hard to improve life in our region......we all have our ideas - but don’t blow a £3.5m loan, to be paid back by us, the council tax payers, on this absurd misguided vanity project. I still like the tapestry, but the money could be so much better used.
  • Posted by drw January 26, 2016 at 12:02

    SBC will require every penny on which it can lay its hands to repair flood damage and the damage to the roads resulting from this very wet winter. To proceed with the Tapestry which is an ego trip for Councillor Parker and a total waste of council taxpayers money is a disgrace.
  • Posted by bluebird January 28, 2016 at 14:42

    Cancelling this albatross would save SBC £3.5M instantly plus all the years of interest payments. It is a waste of public money when there are so many current cuts to education and social services. Local people are losing their jobs, the Border's roads are a disgrace in places and flooding is now a huge problem. Surely these issues are more important to the Borders than an expensive building in a very boring housing/industrial estate that won't bring in enough revenue to pay for itself!
  • Posted by mep123 February 01, 2016 at 17:45

    A vanity project with little or nothing to commend it. The Tapestry has already been around Scotland and anyone who wanted to see it has already done so, mostly free of charge.

    Borderers will get nothing from it except the bills. The business case is pie in the sky.
  • Posted by mry53 February 02, 2016 at 09:20

    I agree a complete waste off council money to put this in Tweedbank as the tapestry was free to view all around Scotland, so why would you go and be charged to see it. When money could be better spent on care for the elderly or on our schools etc.
  • Posted by Sycamore February 05, 2016 at 13:26

    If we had the money and would never saddle our children with massive debt, I may in the future, be persuaded that this could be a good idea. However this is not and never will be a local authority priority, in my opinion, unless of course you manage social care, education and our highways to a good level.
  • Posted by StopChasingTheBackhanders February 09, 2016 at 21:19

    Tapestry building plus Peebles G3 pitch equals £5 million immediate savings along with all their future expenditures and both by popular demand. Easy decision.
  • Posted by jedburger April 26, 2016 at 09:14

    Waste of time energy and money, this silly idea will never attract enough tourism to the borders to make up for the loss of vital services that the funding for it could provide to ordinary borderers. Spend OUR money more wisely SBC.
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