Stop the proposed 17 room hotel adaptions to The Gatekeeper, Womanby St., Cardiff!
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Womanby Street in Cardiff in synonymous with the City's independent live music scene, and has been a hub of local creative talent for generations. In recent years, legendary music venues across the UK have been forced to close their doors as a result of new hotel or residential properties being developed near by. This has had a devastating effect on not only local music scenes, but also impacts the industry on a national level, with many famous names first cutting their musical teeth in independent, small, local and supportive music venues.
With the number of live music venues operating in the City diminishing every single year, it is paramount that The City of CardiffCouncil reconsiders it's decision to allow the Wetherspoon's pub chain to convert The Gatekeeper on Womanby Street in to a 17 room functioning hotel, within spitting distance of three of Cardiff's most popular and supportive, independent, and in some cases, award winning music venues, Fuel Rock Club, The Full Moon and Clwb Ifor Bach.
With the main modus operandi of a hotel being to provide its clientele with a good night's sleep. For them to do this effectively in the proposed premises will eventually have a serious detrimental effect on the business of the above mentioned music venues, as in all such situations in recent history across the UK, such a move as this has eventually led to the venues no longer being able to operate as live music venues due to being issued with noise abatement order and complaint from hotel user after another.
If The City of Cardiff Council values its local creative talent as much as it likes everyone to believe it does, it will do the right thing and overturn this decision, or face the consequences of being responsible for killing off its own live music scene.
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