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London Venues under Threat

Posted: Nov. 23rd, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Inside Union Chapel
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The Islington Council is planning a new housing development in London that will put under threat the Union Chapel, one of the city's top venues, under threat of closing due to possible noise complaints. In Brixton, meanwhile, restrictions on operating hours are a serious concern for Hootenanny operators as the restrictions cut deeply into their revenue.

Two of London’s favourite independent music venues, Union Chapel in Islington and Hootananny in Brixton, are asking for support with campaigns against local councils.

Union Chapel, this year voted London’s favourite music venue by readers of Time Out, is reacting to plans by Islington Council to build a six-storey housing development in its backyard.

In a statement, the venue and homeless support project, which is a registered charity, said: “If a few key measures are not planned into the new development now, there is a significant risk that noise complaints from residential neighbours and traffic congestion could cause operations at Union Chapel to cease.”

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