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Arts venue staff draw up plan to stop axe falling

posted 3 Nov 2010, 09:11 by David Rintoul   [ updated 3 Nov 2010, 09:24 ]

A massive fundraising drive has been launched by volunteers and staff at a city arts venue to save it from closure.

Employees and customers of the Forest Cafe have launched a campaign to buy the building, which is being sold for £1.1 million.

The venue was placed on the market by owner Edinburgh University Settlement (EUS), which went bankrupt last week.

The charity, which operated a number of community learning programmes and commercial enterprises including the Roxy Art House, has made most of its 40 staff redundant and has not even paid them for the last month they worked.