The Boileroom, an award winning venue in Guildford, Surrey faced closure recently after complaint from just two nearby residents put it at risk under noise complaint laws.
A hearing at Guildford Borough Council decided to dismiss the claims that the venue was generating unacceptable levels of noise.
The venue is allowed to continue business as usual, under the proviso that the beer garden closes 30 minutes earlier and that the owners continue to find ways to reduce noise.
An online petition received over 18,000 signatures in support of the venue, and former The Jam frontman Paul Weller said about the issue that “Without these types of locations for hosting live music, new artists and bands struggle to share, extend and establish their talents to a wider audience.”
The Boileroom’s survival comes as a welcome relief in a period where small venues have been struggling to remain open. Earlier this month Leeds’ Cockpit was forced to close its doors, and back in August The Fleece in Bristol narrowly dodged closure.