SCOTTISH Borders Council will today decide on a permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland, with two rival sites up for decision.

The plan was to decide the future of the tapestry in a private meeting of councillors but that looks set to be reversed with the leader of the council saying the discussion should take place in public.

The terminus of the Borders Railway, Tweedbank, was the preferred option for months but a sustained campaign has taken place to have the tapestry at a location in Galashiels. The council was going to consider the subject behind closed doors but council leader David Parker said yesterday that he will ask on behalf of the administration that the matter be discussed in public.

Councillor Parker, backed by Councillor Stuart Bell, will move that the covering report and the two business cases, for the Tweedbank site and the potential Galashiels site, are presented publicly.

A report at a council meeting can only be considered in private once councillors have approved a motion to exclude the public in terms of Section 50A (4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

There seems little chance of that happening as the council is going for a public debate. Parker said: “A decision as to whether this matter will be held in private or public can only be made on Thursday by council as the papers for the meeting have already been published.

“For that reason I will raise the matter and, if agreed, this will mean that all of the information councillors will consider as part of their decision-making at the meeting will be made public.

“Although it was recommended to members that the report be taken in private, due to the commercially sensitive information contained in it, the administration believes it is crucial that all the information is released.”