Rebecca Long-Bailey said Islington Mill must be protected
An MP has joined forces with union chiefs to launch a campaign to save a popular music venue at risk of closure following a resident’s complaints about noise.
Islington Mill’s licence is set to be reviewed by town hall bosses after a neighbour submitted a request to the authority.
A crunch meeting to decide the venue’s fate will be held next month.
Charlatans singer Tim Burgess has given his support to the mill, describing it as a ‘brilliant performance space’.
Now Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey - and Trades Union Council (TUC) chiefs - have thrown their weight behind calls to protect it.
Bosses at the James Street venue appealed for fans to contact the town hall with messages before the deadline for submissions for the review ended on Tuesday.
Documents handed to the council by a resident claim venue management have not acted after concerns have been raised previously by a number of neighbours.
They add that ‘loud music’ can be heard until the early hours of the morning, mostly at weekends, and that there is noise from taxis.
Bosses will discover the venue’s fate at a licensing meeting on Monday, February 6.
Ms Long-Bailey said she was sympathetic to residents’ concerns, but said they are ‘not insurmountable’.
She added: “I have visited Islington Mill many times and have seen it grow to become a vibrant hub of creativity and community engagement. Everything from art and music to local political history have found a much-needed home there.
“It would be a great loss to the community and the developing Salford arts and culture scene that we have blossoming on our doorstep.
“In the same way that ‘Madchester’ emerged from a post-industrial Manchester to become the world’s most vibrant and cutting edge music scene, I believe that we are seeing the same pattern emerging in Salford today and this must be nurtured.
“We are a city with our own distinct culture and history and Islington Mill has played an integral role in developing this over recent years. Great things are happening in Salford and it truly would be a devastating loss to see Islington Mill close.”
Salford TUC secretary Jack Youd said the venue ‘symbolises Salford’s past’ - and ‘represents a big part of its future’.
He added: “Salford has experienced massive changes recently. For many Salfordians things feel like they are changing too fast.
“Islington Mill is an excellent example of what can be done to preserve Salford’s history and give it a new lease of life.”
It’s not the first time the venue has been involved in a dispute over noise.
In 2014 it closed temporarily after receiving complaints. Bosses said they were working with acoustics professionals and residents to improve the situation.