Guildford venue The Boileroom saved from closure

Paul Weller and Ed Sheeran both backed campaign to save small music venue

The Boileroom in Guildford will keep its licence and remain open, despite complaints made by local residents.

The venue’s fate was decided at a hearing at Guildford Borough Council earlier today (September 19), reports Get Surrey. However, while the venue will remain open, the local council has suggested that the beer garden closes half an hour earlier and that noise levels in the venue are to be lowered.

Councillor Gordon Jackson, of the licensing sub-committee, said there was not enough evidence provided that the antisocial behaviour being reported from neighbours had come from The Boileroom. Additionally, Councillor Caroline Reeve said it was never in their intention to close the venue.

The original complaints claimed that the venue breached its licence in four areas: the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm. Complaints included allegations of threatening and abusive behaviour from customers, urinating in the street and deliveries blocking the road.

Boileroom management disputed the claims, and posted an online petition that was signed by members of the public and artists including Ed Sheeran. Paul Weller, born in nearby Woking, also threw his support behind the campaign.

Earlier this month (September 10) Yorkshire venue The Cockpit confirmed news of its permanent closure via its official website. The venue had been shut since July 19 to undergo “essential maintenance work” and the building’s current condition is behind the closure.

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