Black Country MP John Spellar is urging the Government to back legislation to preserve Britain’s iconic music venues and back the music industry.
On Wednesday in the House of Commons Mr Spellar is bringing forward the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill.
The Bill is designed to protect existing music venues from facing closure or crippling cost arising from development of new residential properties in their vicinity.
Writing in the Huffington Post today, Mr Spellar said:
“Many Parliamentary colleagues have examples of much loved venues in their area that have been closed or are under threat. That is why there has been such widespread and cross-party support for this Bill.”
“The Bill is not anti-development either, in fact it seeks to stop the loss of character and iconic places in neighbourhoods – a significant part of what made areas in question attractive to developers in the first place.”
“As Brexit is happening and we face an uncertain future, it’s vitally important that Britain is made more efficient and effective across the board and that we maximise every possible advantage that Britain has.”
“The British music industry is one hell of an advantage for the UK, providing many jobs and enhancing the attractiveness of our country.”
“Not only are domestic music sales rising, but we are second to the United States in international reach and sales. It’s a huge boost to Britain’s standing around the world and our soft power, let alone it being a crucial part of our tourism offer.”