South Scotland

Scotland-England border landmark to go on display

Star of Caledonia
Image caption The public is to get a chance to comment on the Star of Caledonia project

A public exhibition is to be held on plans for a £4.2m landmark sculpture on the Scotland-England border at Gretna.

It will allow for public comment before a planning application is submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Cecil Balmond's Star of Caledonia was selected as the winning design from an international competition last year.

Judges said it would provide an "iconic welcome and an ever-changing contemporary symbol of a confident, creative Scotland".

The site earmarked for the sculpture is on agricultural land just off the A74(M) motorway and overlooks the River Sark which marks the border.

Investment plans

The Gretna Landmark Trust, which is working to secure the investment needed to take the project forward, has announced a four-day public exhibition of the proposals.

A representative from the project team will be on hand to answer any questions.

The event will run from 1 to 4 June at the Richard Greenhowe Centre in Gretna.

The flagship landmark will have a potential audience of 10 million people crossing the Scotland-England border at Gretna every year.

It is hoped the design can be put in place in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

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