Fringe venue being chased by taxman

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ONE of the Edinburgh Fringe’s leading venues – the Summerhall venue at the former Royal Dick College – is being pursued by the tax authorities over unpaid bills.

Summerhall Management Limited has around a week to reach an agreement over the unpaid taxes or Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs could further press the issue.

The venue has had a very successful Fringe festival, selling more than 36,000 tickets for its eclectic and acclaimed mix of theatre, dance, children’s and music events.

But a shadow hangs over it unless it can settle affairs with HMRC.

HMRC lodged a petition with Edinburgh Sheriff Court in early August, which has now been ­officially advertised, asking for an order that the company that runs the venue be wound up and for the court to appoint a liquidator.

A spokesman for HMRC said he could not comment on specific cases or the amounts involved.

But the company said: “Summerhall management are aware of the situation and are seeking advice on the next steps forward, and to rectify it.”