The petition managed to attract over 6,000 signatures over the weekend alone
Bristol venue Motion has launched a petition to protect the club from closure. The move comes after Motion's recent announcement that the upcoming season of In:Motion events would be the last, due to uncertainty regarding the club's future.
As Motion MD Dan Deeks (no relation to iDJ editor Russell Deeks) explained in a lengthy Facebook post, the problem concerns planning permission applications that have recently been filed with regard to former industrial land around the venue.
In theory, the 'agent of change principal' (recently adopted into English planning law) means that it's the responsibility of prospective property developers to ensure any homes or business premises built on the new site are adequately soundproofed. Motion, however, say that "after reviewing similar cases in the UK, we have come to the conclusion that the Agent of Change is not robust enough for us to simply accept. We require a legal mechanism that ensures the current noise levels we operate at are able to continue lawfully. The only legal mechanism that would secure the clubs future is a ‘Deed of Easement'."
Deeds of easement have previously been used to save Ministry Of Sound and The George Tavern in London, say Motion, whose petition asks Bristol council to put such a provision in place. The petition was started late last week, and at time of writing had already attracted well over 6,000 signatures.