Abbey Road Live Licence Threatened By Neighbours
Legendary THE BEATLES recording studio Abbey Road could be refused permission to host live gigs after complaints from disgruntled neighbours. The venue came under fire in February (06) after holding an "illegal" COLDPLAY show which was later broadcast on BBC radio. As a result, the London studio was told to apply for a live performance licence which would allow it permission for gigs, as well as the sale of alcohol, from 10am to midnight. But the proposal has infuriated local residents who have formed a 60-strong opposition group, the St John's Wood Society. ANDREW MAINZ, chairman of the group, says, "At the moment this is a music recording studio. If it's going to turn itself into a concert hall it's in the wrong place." Fire chiefs and environmental health officers have also objected to the proposed licence, citing inadequate emergency exits and an "increase in public nuisance". The application will be considered today (06JUL06) and is expected to be refused, despite the studio's plea it will only host one concert a month.