Tell Me About Portobello Central

What is Portobello Central?

We are the charitable body that the City of Edinburgh Council has agreed should take over management of Portobello Town Hall in late 2022. The Council allocated £350,000 from the Scottish Government Place Based Investment Fund – to be committed by end March 2022. In March 2022, after a tender process, the Council awarded a contract for essential repairs and refurbishment and this work should be carried out over the summer of 2022. The key aim is to have the building open and useful by the end of the 2022.

The transition to a community-based charitable body radically changes the financial basis on which the building will be run and offers the possibility of more flexible management. This will include an easily accessible and responsive booking process and close engagement with other venues in Portobello. The vision is that the Town Hall should return to being a key player in the life of Portobello and the surrounding area.

In the longer term Portobello Central hopes to carry through significant improvements to the building, starting with a focus on access and facilities of good standard. For now the building will continue in its present configuration as we focus on creating a business with wide appeal.

The formal SCIO documents are here.

The Business Plan

How can you get involved?

Portobello Central is already looking for help in many ways. A real need is to have Members – a role similar to shareholder in a company but without any financial input. You can become a Member by applying here.

But if hands on action or setting up an event is more your idea of help let us know on:


The Business Plan

As the repairs continue through the autumn of 2022, the Trustees have set out a first look at how the business will run. It is early days – but the likely shape is emerging.