Public meeting: ‘The Betrayal of Community, Culture and Heritage’

(Adapted from an email from LCCC is aware that this is out of LCC’s area, but this may be of interest to LCCC residents.) 

The Betrayal of Community, Culture and Heritage

Invitation to a City-wide Public Meeting

7pm Tuesday 29 May 2018
Central Hall, Tollcross EH3 9BP

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 ‘game changing’ 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.

Currently with many contentious developments in Edinburgh, this is a City-wide event inviting members of the 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).

The massive hotel imperils not just the future of the Central Library but the reputation of the City, putting the UNESCO World Heritage and City of Literature titles at risk, and further undermines the Old Town Community, where hundreds of homes have already been lost to the short term holiday market.

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 from other community councils across the City 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:

Please share this invitation with your contacts to encourage a good turn out on 29 May and consider supporting the Section 65 appeal and lobbying representatives.

Thank you for your consideration. RSVP to to confirm your attendance would be appreciated

Yours on behalf of Let There Be Light Edinburgh,

Simon Byrom