28 August - A final appeal is being made to relatives of Robert Coltart to come forward ahead of the unveiling of a sculpture in Galashiels dedicated to the writer of the world famous lullaby Coulter's Candy.
8 April - The next exciting development in the regeneration of Galashiels is a step closer as work gets set to start on creating the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor attraction.
Stirling-based Ogilvie Construction has been appointed to build the landmark facility for the attraction, which tells the story of Scotland through one of the world’s largest tapestries created by 1,000 people from across the country.
Work is expected to start in the coming weeks at the town centre site, which will be transformed with the creation of the new building. It has been designed by one of Scotland’s leading architectural practices, Page \ Park, with new images of what it is expected to look like now available.
6 March - The first image of the new Coulter’s Candy sculpture has been revealed.
Alongside the monument to Galashiels weaver-turned-sweet maker Robert Coltart - who wrote the world famous lullaby which is also known as Ally Bally Bee - two sculptures of a boy and girl will also be included in the final piece.
The design has now been approved by the Galashiels Stakeholder Group and is expected to be completed in two phases over the course of this year by Innerleithen sculptor Angela Hunter, with Robert Coltart being in place this summer and the boy and girl statues by the end of 2019.
What is happening in Galashiels?
A major regeneration of Galashiels is underway, with a number of initiatives being taken forward which aim to transform the town.
It aims to capitalise on the success of the Borders Railway, which has presented a series of opportunities for our region.
The partnership approach, including us, Energise Galashiels Trust, Live Borders and businesses and community groups, will aim to do this through a series of initiatives which will create a number of economic, social and educational benefits to transform the town.
Work is underway on The Great Tapestry of Scotland Visitor Centre - set to open in 2020 - will be the catalyst for a wider masterplan to re-shape the town and encourage investment in Galashiels and the wider Borders economy
Plans are also being developed by local firms for a Business Improvement District (BID) which if successful will generate additional footfall and increased spend in the town centre
The regeneration of Galashiels has the support of the Scottish Government through the Borders Railway Blueprint programme, as well as a £1.18m grant from its Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, a proportion of which is being used to part-fund streetscape works within the town.