Just a few weeks after the launch of the Music Venue Trust’s second national campaign in defence of Britain’s live venues, the Boileroom in Guildford, Surrey, has revealed it is facing closure following an application to suspend its licence.
According to Get Surrey, two new neighbours of the Boileroom (pictured – photo: Surrey Advertiser) reportedly submitted the application to Guildford Borough Council, complaining that the music venue committed “regular and continued breaches” which had “a serious impact” on residents – including being responsible for alleged vandalism, traffic problems and public urination. The application concludes: “Clearly the way forward is a decision to be made by the [council] committee but, given the clearly written nature of the already strict licence in place with the establishment, it would be difficult to see how the issues could be seen as anything other than unacceptable and clearly in breach of regulations.”
Dominique Frazer, the Boileroom’s owner, challenged the allegations, stating: “We have such an open dialogue with environmental health and local police. As far as we're concerned we are compliant with everything.” Frazer was awarded the Noise Abatement Society’s Trude Adler Award – known as the ‘Noise Oscars’ – by Mike Weatherly, MP for Hove, in 2010.
A petition set up to save the venue has received over 15,000 signatures so far, and is backed by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who played some of his first gigs there. He tweeted: