Ministry Of Sound Accuse Property Developers of Killing London Clubland
Ministry Of Sound has called on London Mayor Boris Johnson to approve ‘firm legal guarantees that will enable us to continue to operate as we do now – with no threat of closure’, in an 11th hour move to amend plans by property developer Oakmayne to build luxury flats on the club’s Elephant & Castle doorstep.
Urging the mayor to agree to cast iron conditions that Oakmayne will ensure apartments are properly sound-proofed, the prototype superclub group also sought assurances that their ‘current noise levels will be able to lawfully continue as they are’, indefinitely.
“Over the past decade all of London’s big clubs have closed as a result of redevelopment. We’re the last man standing,” Ministry CEO Lohan Presencer noted in an open letter to Boris published on the club’s website.
“Do you want to bring the shutters down on nightclubs in London for good?”
“We have sent our proposed solution to the Mayor and his planning advisers and are urging them to do the right thing – for our 200 staff, our 300,000 annual guests and our millions of fans around the world,” he continued in an update beneath the letter.
“Boris Johnson has promised Ministry Sound is ‘safe on my watch’. He recognises our cultural and economic value to London. He knows we’ve been around for nearly 25 years and have earned our right to stay here,” he said.
“Now is the time to honour his word.”
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