The future of Portobello Town Hall is in the balance. It’s been neglected for years and it’s showing! It was forced to close its doors last year – we spoke then to Morag Phillips of the Lothian Dance Academy who almost had to cancel its annual show. It only went ahead after urgent work was carried out. Subsequently, a detailed inspection confirmed that it needed a huge amount of expenditure to bring it not just up to standard but to make it safe enough for people to use. The City of Edinburgh Council does not have the money. So what does the future hold for the Town Hall? One option being actively considered could be for the community to take it over and a working group has been set up under the banner of Action Porty to take this forward.