Crowdfunding to save the Royal High School

(adapted from an email from the Cockburn Association)

The Old Royal High School is under threat!

Please help us win the planning appeal by pledging a contribution!

Thomas Hamilton’s Royal High School, built between 1825-9, is one of the most important Greek Revival buildings in Europeand was one of the buildings to inspire the moniker of ‘Athens of the North’.  It is composed of a powerful symmetrical grouping of principal Doric temple-pavilion, flanking colonnades and subsidiary temples, fully exploiting a prominent elevated site.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/old-royal-high-school-appeal

As members will know, developers are proposing to convert the building into a luxury ‘6-star Art Hotel’, which will include two massive bedroom wings that will swamp the careful composition of the Category A-listed former Royal High School buildings, and seriously affect the setting of not only this building, but of Calton Hill, one of the most important landscape features in the City. Continue reading

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

(Adapted from an email from lettherebelightedinburgh.org. 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.

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