Closure of Important Venues

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Does the closure or imminent closure of important and historic music venues such as the Electric Ballroom, the Spitz, the Astoria and the Hammersmith Palais undermine the pledges made in your 2004 Cultural Strategy and does the term `Cultural Capital' still apply to a city in which the cultural importance of such venues is highly undervalued?


Answer for Closure of Important Venues

Answer for Closure of Important Venues

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am fully committed to the pledges made in the Cultural Strategy. Culture continues to flourish in all fields in London. The response of Londoner's to the closure of music venues shows that the importance of such spaces are not undervalued.I am concerned at the volume of small to medium music venues that are currently under threat and how this will affect London's cultural life. My office have commissioned a piece of work on the issue of the closure of medium sized live music venues which among other things will look into strategic planning policies that could be adopted at London level to protect venues of this kind and what might be possible within the terms of the adopted London Plan.I will also work with the LDA and engage with the music industry to offer support to important and historic music venues unnecessarily under threat of closure. The city must develop and progress, this will inevitably result in some closures or redevelopment of buildings in the capital - such as the Astoria. Where possible I will ensure that venues are appropriately rebuilt.