Supporter comment

As first a music journalist and later a DJ over the past 15 years who has worked with the police and local government on various national drug survey research and given a speech in one of the houses of Parliament, I wholeheartedly support the move to keep Junk open. In my time playing there as a DJ, it has come to my attention as easily one of the nation's best clubs in the UK in terms of it's attention to detail when it comes to security and safety. Unfortunately small minded local councillors/policemen and local newspapers in these sorts of cases are usually the first to miss the point that clubs like Junk play a big part in attracting people and business to their cities. Through it's constant featuring in the national music press it has consistently kept Southampton on the music map and its loss would irreparably damage the city's music community and the city's ability to bring music fans from outside the city/country to Southampton. As a former student of Southampton Institute I am aware as any other city centre resident present or former that the particular road the club is on is passageway for drunk people on a night out in one of the city's busiest nighttime areas. Violent offences on Junk's door step point more fingers at the local council and police force's ability to curb drink related violence and crime in the area than they do on Junk's ability to uphold safety inside the club. I myself have watched live CCTV of drunken related behaviour on the street outside the venue, completely unrelated to the club by persons who were not at any point in the club, and observed Junk's security working with the police in any ways they could. On the whole this example of club victimisation is classic small minded local government, police and press in tandem for short term, mis guided gain. This is not the 1980s! Let's move towards a situation in this country where urban councils respect and work with their night time economies instead of against them to ensure everyone has a safe night out that puts money into all of the the local businesses that eventually benefit from the positive social impact that clubs provide.

Gavin Herlihy, Leeds, United Kingdom
2 years ago
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