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Fabric: As the dust settles it's time to start talking about a public inquiry.

Save Fabric

Like many of you, I was glued to my phone last night, refreshing Twitter for hours, anxiously awaiting the results of the fabric license review.

Although I was shocked at the verdict, sadly, I can’t say that I was surprised. Property prices in the area are already astronomical and are set to skyrocket in the coming years due to massive regeneration and development projects.

I don’t think there are many people who don’t see Fabric being swiftly turned into luxury apartments,

just a stones throw from the newly announced Museum of London project.

Planned regeneration of Smithfield market near Fabric Nightclub

And here’s the point, there seems to be a lot of empty rhetoric regarding “protecting London’s nightlife” but with the fate of London’s clubs resting solely in the hands of committees consisting of a handful of people, none of whom have an interest in the cultural significance of music venues, I don’t see how that’s going to be possible.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has stated that although he opposes the closure of Fabric, City Hall has apparently no jurisdiction to intervene.

Islington council committee revokes Fabric licence

I think that it’s now time to seriously consider a public inquiry into Islington Council’s licence revocation. Despite Fabric pledging to offer drug testing, even stricter searches and even a review of music policy (seriously?!?) the licence was revoked. There appears to have been an awful lot of misinformation from those wishing to see Fabric close, and I personally believe that it amounts to unlawful behaviour.

A public inquiry would hopefully shed some light on exactly why the licence was revoked, and would maybe also help to turn the tide of turning music venues into million-pound flats.

Mike Freschezza

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