Last week when we told you about Ministry of Sound
teaming up with the Teenage Cancer Trust
, we touched on the story of the iconic club's ongoing battle to keep their doors open, due to local real estate developers wanting to build beside it's location in London
For the five years now, MoS
and the site developers of a new 41-story block of apartments being built right next to the club, which keeps it's doors open--and music pounding-- until 6am, have been locked in a bitter battle, with the owners of MoS
working hard to come to some agreement which will avoid the venue being closed for good.
The club argued that, due to VERY strict noise control laws in residential areas in the UK, they would have to close. This lead to an online petition and then the case being presented to London
's parliament, and in front of the Mayor, Boris Johnston
Well this week there was good news from Ministry of Sound
as they announced that their “Save our Club
” campaign was a success. Although details are still very vague, they released this announcement:
“WE DID IT!
After the heroic intervention of Mayor of London Boris Johnson at City Hall on 19 December, a landmark legal deal has been agreed between Ministry of Sound and the developer Oakmayne that will enable Eileen House to be redeveloped without threatening our club’s existence.
That’s all we ever wanted in the first place – and finally that’s what we’ve achieved. It’s taken five long years, but we vowed to keep fighting until we’d secured our future. It was that simple.
We couldn’t have done it without you – the hundreds of thousands from all over the world who joined the battle to save our club. You helped us to persuade Boris to do the right thing. We cannot thank you enough for your encouragement, goodwill and support. Together we’ve ensured the music at Ministry never stops.”
Thank Goodness for common sense! The club is not just your run of the mill dance music venue. It is an institution in the UK club scene and one of the capital's big tourist pulls, with clubbers from all over the world attending the main top nights they have there. Deeply imbedded in the UK culture, it would be a crime itself for it to close because of a housing block.
We'll bring more details about this story as and when they are available.