Search

Passing Clouds in talks with landlord to buy Dalston music venue

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:31 01 December 2016

Protesters reclaimed the venue after contractors changed the locks back in June. Picture: www.borisaustin.com

Protesters reclaimed the venue after contractors changed the locks back in June. Picture: www.borisaustin.com

www.borisaustin.com

Bosses of closed Dalston music venue Passing Clouds have held talks with the landlord over buying back the building, the Gazette can reveal.

Passing Clouds supporters outside the Gee Street Courthouse in August. Picture: Polly Hancock.Passing Clouds supporters outside the Gee Street Courthouse in August. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Eleanor Wilson, founder of the independent arts hub in Richmond Road, met Landhold Developments on Tuesday, where the developers agreed to consider a proposal from the campaign group to purchase the lease.

It follows the announcement in October that Hackney Council had made the venue an Asset of Community Value (ACV).

That effectively meant should Landhold look to sell it, the community would be given six months to stump up enough money to buy it.

Passing Clouds, before and after being repossessed. (Picture: www.samr.co).Passing Clouds, before and after being repossessed. (Picture: www.samr.co).

Usually that doesn’t happen, but Passing Clouds has thousands of supporters, including high profile names like Paloma Faith, Gilles Peterson and even London mayor Sadiq Khan, giving them a fighting chance.

Mayor Philip Glanville said at the time: “I hope the ACV serves as a boost to the campaigners and sends out a message to the owners that this venue and the community around it is important and should be considered in any future plans.”

The Gazette understands the venue is meeting potential investors this week and is also exploring a community purchase option.

Passing Clouds supporters march from Hoxton Square to the venue in Richmond Road Dalston on 17.09.16.Passing Clouds supporters march from Hoxton Square to the venue in Richmond Road Dalston on 17.09.16.

There is an air of caution among the campaigners, however.

The venue thought it was making progress with Landhold back in July over the lease of the building, only for them to be evicted weeks later.

Staff at Landhold Developments said they could not comment on the ongoing situation when the Gazette contacted the company.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney News Stories

31 minutes ago

There is competition in the air at the Gazette offices as staff vie for the premier position in the Hackney Half Marathon.

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting and unusual new businesses in Hackney. This week we speak to Gill Wildman who followed her own advice when it came to setting up her new business.

Pupils from Tayyibah Girls School created ‘This is your Life’ style autobiographies for elderly patients at St Joseph’s Hospice in an inter-generational project.

07:00

Diane Abbott met “inspirational” mechanic Errol McKellar at his Hackney garage after being inspired by a speech he gave about his battle with prostate cancer.

Yesterday, 16:15

A congregation of 300 was evacuated from Wesley’s Chapel yesterday, when the electrical room in its basement caught fire because of a faulty fuse box.

Yesterday, 11:59

Two budding Elizabethan ‘Bards’ have won the poetry competition for the visitor centre opening at The Stage development in Shoreditch where the foundations of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre were discovered in 2008.

Yesterday, 09:02

Three mentors are being trained up to inspire vulnerable young women in Hackney who are at risk of being drawn into violent crime and gang-related exploitation.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

More than 100 independent firms in Hackney will be offering incentives to get people to recycle more.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists