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Music venue Union Chapel faces threat of closure

TINA HART
Union Chapel

Islington music venue, Union Chapel, faces threat of closure due to housing development plans proposed by the borough’s council.

A statement on the venue’s website read: “We're worried that a major new proposed housing development situated at the back of Union Chapel will threaten our operations as an award-winning music venue, rehearsal space and homeless centre.”

The statement goes on to say that the plans could “have a real impact on [the venue’s] operations” due to late night activity that takes place at the site, including hosting live music.

Union Chapel has created a petition to help raise awareness of the issue and put forward its plea to Islington Council. It says: “We are sure that with proper planning provisions, including loading bays and sound proofing, Union Chapel can continue to operate in harmony with the local community.

“We are asking the planners at Islington Council to adjust the plans, so that we do not risk loosing London's Greatest Live Music Venue and a key community asset.

Please help us by voicing your concern and asking Islington Council to act now.”

The related petition can be found online via this hyperlink. The deadline for signatories is Monday, November 12.

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Tags: Live, venues, petition, Union Chapel

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