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To: All members of Milton Keynes Council Development Control Committee

Save The Stables!

Save The Stables!

Please reject the latest planning application for new housing (19/01357/REM) - submitted by Abbey Homes - on the western boundary of The Stables in Wavendon, Milton Keynes.

Why is this important?

If this application is approved, it will seriously threaten the future of The Stables, one of the UK's most popular and successful music venues.

Founded by the world-renowned jazz musicians Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine almost 50 years ago, The Stables (registered charity 261645) has welcomed many of the world's leading artists and performers to its stages. In addition to more than 400 concerts each year, it offers a wide-ranging programme of educational workshops and courses to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to develop their musical skills. Its dedicated team of more than 250 volunteers was recently honored with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The Stables also produces IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, one of the UK's fastest-growing arts festivals.

If the proposed housing development is approved by Milton Keynes Council, previous protections which had been hard fought for will disappear, leading to the possibilty of noise complaints from residents of the new homes and ultimately to the closure of this much-loved cultural asset.

We need to make the Council fully aware of the local, regional and national support for The Stables and also of the strong opposition to any housing development that threatens its future.

Please sign this petition today and ensure your voice is heard loud and clear!

Wavendon, Milton Keynes

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Reasons for signing

  • A cynical attempt by the developers to circumvent the previous conditions that were designed to save The Stables.
  • Homes are important but we must protect cultural and artistic venues for the benefit of communities.
  • Shifting the goalposts to satisfy capitalist opportunism at the expense of Art and Entertainment is underhand and morally deplorable. World class music venues are not two a penny. The Stables came first and the horses bolted a long time ago. First come.

Updates

2019-06-13 10:44:43 +0100

Thank you so much for signing our petition! We are so touched by the amazing support for our campaign with more than 10,000 sign-ups in less than 48 hours. We are keen to ensure everyone who cares about the work of The Stables has a chance to make their voice heard. Please share the campaign link and story with anyone you think would be willing to give their support - and encourage them to sign-up. It's vital that the Council sees and hears how much opposition there is to the developer's latest plans.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-stables

Thanks again for your support

The Stables

We'll keep you posted with latest developments

2019-06-13 00:13:05 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2019-06-12 12:44:31 +0100

Hello

Thank you so much for signing our petition - we've had more than 7,500 sign-ups in less than 24 hours. To keep the momentum going, please share the campaign link and story with anyone you think would be willing to give their support - and encourage them to sign-up. It's vital that the Council sees and hears how much opposition there is to the developer's latest plans.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-stables

Thanks again for your support

The Stables

We'll keep you posted with latest developments

2019-06-11 22:54:49 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2019-06-11 16:31:54 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-06-11 15:48:24 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-06-11 15:06:40 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-06-11 15:02:03 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-06-11 14:57:59 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-06-11 14:10:16 +0100

10 signatures reached