To: Coplan Estates and Bexley Council

Save The Iron Horse

Save The Iron Horse

Stop developers from building flats around the area's only designated music venue

Why is this important?

Coplan Estates Ltd in co-operation with Bexley Council have announced plans to build 136 flats directly next to and above The Iron Horse in Sidcup, claiming the venue will not be affected. Nearly half of all live music venues in London have closed down in the last ten years, mainly due to flats being developed next to them and new neighbours complaining about noise that has been there for years before them.

The Iron Horse has been a secure hub for the ever-expanding local live music scene in Sidcup since it reopened three years ago, providing a platform for new musicians to learn and develop their craft in front of an audience and also for professionals to put on shows and earn their living, in the rarity of supportive management and welcoming locals who are truly passionate about the scene. It is vital to the local community as the area's only designated live music venue.

If these plans are to be approved, these developers will make a profit out of robbing the town of an evergrowing scene of arts and culture - which is attracting people to our town way more than another block of flats would.


Reasons for signing

  • Yo. Veronica goes there and she's cute...
  • Too many flats being built ,ruining sidcup status quo .
  • Must protect live music. It is community and life for many people a many other things. They are all closing down because of flats being built. Disgusting.


2017-09-18 11:23:20 +0100

Thank you to all those who have signed and shared this petition, this is so important not only to musicians but to local residents and services. The developers are still trying to persuade us that the venue won't be affected, when there's venues left right and centre closing in identical circumstances. We won't let it happen to Sidcup.

We have received an incredible amount of support and it's overwhelming to see so many people supporting this cause, our town, and a tremendous venue. Thank you all so much. Let's keep sharing this so we can get our voices heard.

2017-09-15 15:25:14 +0100

We've received nearly 400 signatures already in just two days which is amazing. People really do care about live and grassroots music. Please keep sharing this petition so we can get our voices heard about this!

Oh and we've made the local press:

2017-09-13 20:42:23 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-09-13 16:51:33 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-09-13 15:42:17 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-09-13 14:43:25 +0100

10 signatures reached