Wednesday, May 17, 2006

VENUEWATCH: Venue The Venue to cease to be venue

A too-familiar tale of valuable city-centre cultural asset being turned into expensive flats by developers, this time from Edinburgh: The Venue is closing.

Luckily, there is a fight back - Colin Fox, leader of the Scottish Socialist Party (we used to have a socialist party in England, too - I wonder what happened to them?) isn't letting it go quietly:

"This is indicative of the increased emphasis placed on development to the detriment of popular culture, which is out of keeping in a city with the reputation of Edinburgh."

Unfortunately, the venue's management can't find a new home, because, erm, developers turning every available building into flats have left the city centre without anywhere affordable for them to relocate.