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.”