Paul Weller has thrown his support behind a campaign to save Guildford venue The Boileroom, which faces closure due to complaints from residents.
It has been 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, reports Eagle Radio. Complaints include allegations of threatening and abusive behaviour from punters, urinating in the street and deliveries blocking the road.
Boileroom management disputes the claims, and posted an online petition that was signed by members of the public and artists including Ed Sheeran.
The fate of the venue will be decided at a hearing at Guildford Borough Council, which takes place today (September 19).
Paul Weller, born in nearby Woking, has thrown his support behind the campaign. In a message to the council, he wrote:
“To whom it may concern,
I would like to offer my support in keeping this live music venue open and express how important live music venues are to artists and the music industry as a whole.
Without these types of locations for hosting live music, new artists and bands struggle to share, extend and establish their talents to a wider audience.
As an established artist, I would ask your consideration in allowing this licensed premise to continue as an ambassador in order to promote live music.
Weller’s former Jam bandmate Bruce Foxton also emailed the venue pledging support.
Boileroom claim to have a good relationship with the majority of their neighbours. A statement said: “Our family run venue was opened in 2006, and is managed by a collective of people who believe the venue provides a much needed creative space for the local community; encouraging and supporting local bands and nurturing upcoming talent. We take our licensing conditions very seriously, and we are constantly updating and improving our soundproofing and management of events.”
It continued: “Situated in a residential area, from the outset we have always been very proactive and conscious that what we do does not adversely affect the lives of our local residents, to that end we have a great relationship with the majority of our neighbours.”
However, one local resident told Get Surrey that the location is just not right for a venue. The resident said: “I think it’s horrendous. I don’t think it should ever have been given a live music licence. We’re often being kept up. It was a quiet pub, no problems at all. It was fine, then all the residents were astounded when it was given a live music licence. I just think it’s in the wrong place. It’s great to have a live music venue but not in a street like this.”
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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