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Give A Hoot campaign launched to save The Owl Sanctuary

The Give A Hoot campaign has been launched to save The Owl Sanctuary following news that the Norwich venue is being forced to close at the end of the month, as the building it’s located in has allegedly been sold to developers hoping to build flats on the land.

So far an ACV (or Asset of Community Value) form will be put before the City Council after more than 2000 CAMRA forms were submitted to the campaign. CAMRA is an organisation that “campaigns for real ale, real pubs and consumer rights,” and “have been described as the most successful consumer group in Europe.”

They’re looking to make use of 2011’s Localism Act which “changes the powers of local government in England. The aim of the act is to facilitate the devolution of decision-making powers from central government control to individuals and communities.” In short, it means that a location can be declared as important and limits future changes. If successful, it would mean that whoever owns The Owl Sanctuary would have to use it as a pub instead of tearing it down.

There’s also been a Justgiving page set up which has raised close to £6000 and a petition with over 3,500 signatures, “because if you Give a Hoot, we can stop them taking our Sanctuary away.”

The venue has also had “an interesting meeting with Clive Lewis MP which hopefully should yield some positive results. He totally understood what we are about and what we stand for and is going to do everything he can to help. Right now we really need everyone to continue supporting us as much as you can to show the council and others that The Owl really is a building of huge cultural importance to the city.”

Upcoming gigs at The Owl Sanctuary include Turnover (18th January), Beach Slang (19th), Terror (26th) and Capdown (29th).

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