Galashiels community invited to take part in regeneration consultation project

The people of Galashiels and the central Borders are being invited to take part in a Tapestry Way Study, commissioned by Energise Galashiels Trust, that seeks to assess the regeneration potential of the town centre, with a focus on Channel Street and Douglas Bridge.

The Trust recognises that key parts of the town centre, particularly around Channel Street, need to be more attractive, vibrant, and accessible, to encourage locals and visitors to use the shops and services in the town.

The views of the local community are welcomed, and the Trust is particularly keen to hear what experiences and offers locals would like to see in their town.

How to get involved

  • The study, commissioned by the Trust, funded by South of Scotland Enterprise and Scottish Borders Council, aims to encourage the local community to share their views.
  • A drop in community consultation event is being held at the Great Tapestry of Scotland Visitor Centre on Friday 25 February between 10am and 7pm. 
  • Residents, businesses, community organisations, public and third sector organisations are welcome to drop in at any time during the day to hear about some initial concepts being considered and to give their feedback and ideas.
  • For those unable to attend and/or want to provide some direct feedback virtually, an online survey is live until 11 March.
  • The survey can be accessed via the Galashiels Heartland of the Borders Facebook Page.

Mike Gray, Chair of Energise Galashiels Trust

“There is a need for our town to evolve, given the social and cultural changes we are seeing here, which are like those seen throughout the UK and beyond. We strongly believe the people of Galashiels should play a role in deciding what comes next for their town centre.”

With the opening of the Great Tapestry of Scotland Visitor Attraction, Galashiels is already attracting new businesses and additional visitors to the town centre. 

Some positive signs of new developments are already apparent with a number of new businesses opening in the town centre over the last nine months, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The aim of the study is to highlight new and additional opportunities, which will create a more attractive, vibrant and accessible town centre for all. 

Professor Russel Griggs, SOSE Chair

“We are delighted to be working with Energise Galashiels on this Study. 

"Our towns are a focal point for community and business life. 

"The community’s views will be critical to shaping the future of Galashiels and we encourage residents and locals to take the opportunity to participate.”