THE MANAGER of The Cellar (cap. 150) in Oxford says the venue is taking steps to safeguard its future after surviving a threat to its existence.
Landlords of the building, St Michael’s and All Saints’ Charities, had put forward plans to redevelop the basement venue into a retail space (see LIVE UK issue 213).
However, after 13,600 signed a petition to save The Cellar, which has staged live music for more than 40 years, the planning application was withdrawn.
“Surveyors from the charities have been round and it looks like they are now going to create a stockroom on another floor of the building, which fingers crossed means we are safe,” says manager Tim Hopkins, whose father Adrian previously ran the venue.
“We are trying to renegotiate our lease and until that happens I won’t be jumping for joy, but it’s a positive step.”
Hopkins adds that the extra exposure has resulted in strong attendances at shows, something he hopes will continue.
St Michael’s and All Saints’ Charities say they are reviewing their change of use application.
Forthcoming shows at the venue include John Joseph Brill and The Spitfires.