What future for Edinburgh Central Library?

City wide public meeting
7pm Tuesday 29 May 2018
Central Hall, Tollcross EH3 9BP

What future for Edinburgh Central Library?
This City-wide event invitation to public and all Edinburgh Councillors, MSPs and MPs to discuss the current situation, highlighting the controversy surrounding the proposed Virgin Hotel in the heart of the City, at India Buildings on Victoria Street, extending to the Cowgate on public land otherwise long set aside for the future development of Edinburgh Central Library.

Confirmed Speakers:
Terry Levinthal, Director of the Cockburn Association
James Simpson OBE, Vice President of ICOMOS-UK (advisers to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee)
Andy Whiteman, Writer, researcher and MSP

This meeting coincides with the publication of the World Heritage Management Plan and the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill, and in complimenting the recently established Community Empowerment legislation, supports the demand for a Community Right of Appeal, to establish a fair planning system that guards against development not in the public interest.

In support of the Let There Be Light Edinburgh campaign (constituted to Save Edinburgh Central Library), the Old Town Community Council (OTCC) is seeking support for the implementation of a Section 65 Order of the Town & Country Planning Act, which in the absence of a Community Right of Appeal has the power to revoke planning permission if deemed ‘expedient’.

The OTCC has produced an extensive assessment of the controversial Virgin Hotel application, highlighting the case for revocation; a summary of which can be downloaded here

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1 comment on What future for Edinburgh Central Library?

  1. This development will also be right in the face of the view from Greyfriars Kirkyard, especially coming down the first path by the boundary wall to the Covenanter Memorial. It will also totally overshadow the Magdalen Chapel, which is over major historical, religious and architectural importance. In fact, the entire block of traditional stone built buildings behind the Library will be concealed by what the planning application describes as ‘mire stone and slate’ , thx comoaritir being its own ‘contemporary’ double skin glass entrance from the Cowgate into the vastness of a hotel which totally encircles the built area around the Library. I’ve us s disaster and ought to be withdrawn. It was only today, walking in the Kirkyard that I realised the effect on the City from that angle. Such a very bad decision in every respect.

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