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Last gasp attempt to block store
The former Galashiels textile college
Campaigners still hope to save the former textile college
A last-ditch attempt is being made to save a Galashiels landmark from demolition proposals.

Campaigners are fighting Tesco's plans to knock down the government buildings to extend the Paton Street superstore.

They want a public inquiry into the plans for the first textile college built in the Borders town.

The company says the store would help create a more vibrant town centre but opponents claim a piece of local heritage is being lost.

An earlier attempt to have the building listed failed and Scottish Borders Council has approved Tesco's application.

An alternative building for the civil servants who currently work there is under construction in the High Street car park and demolition work can start once staff move out.

The town's identity is being wiped off the face of the earth
Michael Hall

Michael Hall, whose grandfather was one of the original Edwardian builders, is calling for a public inquiry.

"The old textile college was the very first purpose built textile college in the whole of Scotland," he said.

"It was internationally known and hugely important. It is a lovely building, it doesn't need to come down.

"We are losing far too much of our heritage - far too much has gone in the past. The town's identity is being wiped off the face of the earth."

The supermarket giant has said that while it was aware of concerns, its proposals meant a "vibrant future for the town centre".


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