Ed Sheeran encourages fans to sign petition to save The Boileroom
Ed Sheeran encourages fans to sign petition to save The Boileroom. Joann Khatib reports
Music star Ed Sheeran has taken to twitter willing his fans to sign a petition to save The Boileroom in Stoke Fields, Guildford from getting shut down.
The petition that has been set up to save the popular music venue has already received over 10,300 signatures and has had some of the biggest names in music getting behind it.
- Latest news: With just three days left until the consultation period ends for the venue’s license review, The Boileroom team have urged people to send an email in support to Licensing@guildford.gov.uk, highlighting their experiences there and referring to how they manage people entering and leaving the premises, behaviour of visitors and the noise levels.
An application to suspend the venue’s license was put forward to Guildford Borough Council by two neighbours, Robert and Lisa Hopkins.
The couple claimed that the venue had committed “regular and continued breaches” which had “a serious impact” on residents. Other complaints included vandalism, threatening behaviour, curse words and people urinating on properties.
However The Boileroom owner, Dominique Frazer responded to the allegations saying: “We have such an open dialogue with environmental health and local police. As far as we are concerned we are compliant with everything”
“We go above and beyond to make sure we are not a nuisance to our neighbours” she added.
Mrs Frazer was astounded with the response she got, with the likes of Ed Sheeran tweeting in support encouraging his fans to sign the petition, as well as Max Helyer, guitarist for popular Weybridge born rock band You Me At Six tweeting about the issue. Guildford local and upcoming singer Emma Stevens took to her Facebook to raise awareness about the petition too.
“I didn't think we would get to 100 [singatures]” Mrs Frazer said. “You don't realise how much public support you have. We are literally overwhelmed.”
She added, “People rally round when it’s something they care about. If this [petition] doesn't show the council The Boileroom needs to stay, then I don't know what will.”
Sign the petition here