- Guildford Borough CouncilLicensing Team
- Councillor Caroline ReevesFriary & St Nicolas Ward, Guildford Borough Council
Save The Boileroom from Closure
We have put together this petition to save our venue, Guildford’s only alternative and independent live music venue.
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.
Our fairly new neighbours, who rent the house adjacent to the venue have put in an application to review our license, with the direct intention and request that the council revoke our license with immediate effect. Their message is very clear: they want to shut us down. They believe we are in breach of our license conditions. We believe we manage the venue to a high standard with significant consideration for the local community.
Since 2013, over 25,000 music fans have walked through our doors; The M.U, Creative Café, local schools including St Peter’s, George Abbott, and County School have all hired our venue. We have hosted charity fundraising nights for the likes of Macmillan Cancer trust, Teenage Cancer Trust, Oxjam, and so many more. We have held free community events monthly for years, matinee shows for Under 18s and a yearly street party.
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. This review is being sought by 2 people.
We take our licensing conditions very seriously, and we are constantly updating and improving our soundproofing and management of events. In 2010 owner Dominique Frazer was awarded the Trude Adler award from the Noise Abatement Society by Mike Weatherly MP for Portslade and Hove; for our community approach to running our live music venue with sensitivity, insight and consideration for the local community; something which we consistently strive to do.
In 2012, Dominique Frazer was also nominated for the Community Spirit Individual under the Local Heroes Community Spirit Awards 2012 by local radio station 96.4 Eagle (an honour voted for by their listeners). In the year 2012-2013, Surrey Heath Area Partnership for Education (S.H.A.P.E) also awarded us a certificate of appreciation for our support and guidance to students participating in their work experience scheme through various schools across Surrey.
As I’m sure everyone is aware, it is hard running an independent venue with no funding. We have all read recently about other local venues that have come under fire from situations similar to ours, and other independent venues that are struggling under the recession, and we are no different – it is a challenge.
It is time to take action, to stand up for what you believe in. Save YOUR local music venue. Thank you for reading this, and thank you taking the time to sign. The Boileroom x
- Licensing Team
Guildford Borough Council
- Friary & St Nicolas Ward, Guildford Borough Council
Councillor Caroline Reeves
I have not heard any bass breakout or noise from The Boileroom which would cause a nuisance to myself. The area surrounding the venue is kept tidy and well maintained by the management. The Boileroom is an asset to the local area, offering a varied programme of music of all genres as well as other arts and community events.
I do not have any concerns regarding the patrons that frequent the premises. I am aware that this area sits within the town centre and is often used as a thoroughfare for pedestrian traffic coming in and out of town.
I believe the venue is run efficiently: customers entering and leaving the premises do not cause a disturbance or display aggressive behaviour; signs of vandalism or make excessive noise.
I believe that the venue is a safe environment for young people (under 18s) to listen to live music, or engage in the educational workshops that the venue hosts.
I believe the management do all they can to prevent noise being a nuisance to local residents; from noise of customers in the garden to live or recorded music being played in the venue.
There is a severe parking problem in this area, the venue do all they can to ensure that their customers are aware that there is no parking/limited space.
Please do not close this venue or take away their provision to put on live music.
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