We did it. We've raised over £27,000!
A big THANK YOU to each and every supporter of SAVE Edinburgh Central Library: Let There Be Light and Land!
The Crowdfunder ends at midnight tonight when your donation pledges will be turned into donations.
Although, there will be Crowdfunder fees to pay of 5% + VAT (20%) so effectively 6%; as well as fees to PayPal 3.4% + 20 pence per donation; and, Stripe fees of 1.4% + 20 pence per donation, it will be enough to meet the costs of the court case.
Your generosity has allowed all of us to proceed with the judicial review, which will hopefully overturn the consented planning application that threatens the long term future of Central Library, Edinburgh.
Thereafter, it may be that we challenge the City of Edinburgh Council over the sale of the land itself, namely the Cowgate or Cowgatehead gap site, part of which was bought with money from Andrew Carnegie's £50,000 gift to the people of Edinburgh for its first free public library to ensure that "it could be guaranteed plenty of light and air without the threat of interference from other buildings".
A last word to Mr & Mrs Andrew Carnegie whose telegram read at the opening ceremony on 9 June 1890 stated the hope that:
"We trust this library is to grow in usefulness year after year, and prove one of the most potent agencies for the good of the people of Edinburgh for all time to come."
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