Council chiefs plan talks to save Inverleith House from closure

COUNCIL chiefs are to hold talks with bosses at the Royal Botanic Garden in a bid to save Inverleith House as an art gallery.

Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 11:20 am
Updated Thursday, 27th October 2016, 4:31 pm
Inverleith House recently closed as an arts venue after more than 30 years. Picture: Scott Louden

The historic building closed as an arts venue after more than 30 years when its most recent exhibition ended on Sunday.

The Botanics only decided to shut it down last week, sparking a huge public outcry as thousands of supporters signed a petition ahead of a “mass visit” at the weekend.

A senior councillor has now confirmed that talks will take place between city leaders and bosses at the garden.

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Lesley Hinds, who represents Inverleith, said: “I’m pleased to see that progress has been made between the council and the Botanics in saving this space.

“As a local councillor, my concern still lies with the release of the report carried out using public funds.

“I will be seeking to make that report public and determine why it wasn’t released in the first place.”