Development plans put nightclubs at risk

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The entrance of Liverpool's Cream nightclub in Wolstenholme Square.

The entrance of Liverpool’s Cream nightclub in Wolstenholme Square. Pic © JMU Journalism

Thousands of people have signed an online petition to save two of Liverpool’s leading independent nightclubs, Kazimier and Nation, home to popular club nights Cream and Medication.

Multi-million pound plans to rip up the Wolstenholme Square venue to create new student apartments, shops and leisure facilities are to be presented before Liverpool City councillors this week.

The proposal to bulldoze the site has been met with stern opposition and an online petition has been circulating, so far gathering more than 7,500 signatures.

The petition will to be sent to Liverpool City Council and Hope Street Properties, who have earmarked the property for redevelopment, and it states the aim is to let the council know “that there is more to Liverpool than just real estate. We have a cultural arts hub in the city centre, and we will defend it”.

Manchester DJ Dave Haslam is amongst a number of high profile figures who are opposed to the plans, which would spell the end for the famous Cream nights.

He told JMU Journalism: ”I played Cream a number of times in the late 1990s, and always loved the sense of expectation as you entered Wolstenholme Square, and at the time Cream definitely felt like the most exciting nightclub in the world.

“The social, creative spaces in our city centres have incredible value. Venues like Nation and the Kazimier especially, as they’ve usually catered for music outside of the mainstream, for music with personality.

“The petition should be a wake-up call to the council and planners that Liverpool, of all places, will resist giving up great spaces to the lifeless forces of the bland and the commercial… and I’m saying that from Manchester, with love and solidarity.”

A meeting is to be held on Tuesday this week in the Town Hall, where opposition to the proposals is expected to be addressed.

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