Small clubs are once again making the headlines this week, however, this time it is for the wrong reasons as Junk Southampton is fighting to keep its doors open. Claims that the club could have its license reviewed have emerged, resulting in Junk issuing their own statement in response. This comes after the news that legislature will be introduced on 6th April to help small clubs and venues avoid closure due to noise related complaints from new property developments.
The statement from Junk issued on 29thMarch reads:
"After being praised at the end of January there is now a police allegation that drugs and repeated violence due to a management failure over a sustained period of time is a problem at Junk. This is despite the fact that over the same period of time our efforts to work closely with police making various security changes and extra training supplied by the police resulted in the granting of an extension of our license operating hours with a new 3am last entry time from early Jan 2016.
"It’s hard to understand how this change in police policy has come to light now and despite the above can justify a review of our license with the possibility of closure hanging over Junk again.
We would like to clarify how the venue sits regarding the impending review and the claims made against Junk in local press and the police report – including claims of “drugs and violence” at the venue which we strongly refute…"
You can read the full statement issued by Junk here.
A petition has been started to help save Junk from closure which has received backing from a number of high profile DJs such as Skream, Huxley and Leftwing & Kody. You can view and sign the petition by clicking here. The review of Junk Southampton is set to take place on Thursday 5th May.
Photos courtesy of Junk