THE FOUNDER of a music venue which was recently served with a noise complaint notice held an open day so that residents could share their concerns.

Founded in 2018, Studio 18 aims to provide a space for various disciplines including music, applied arts and visual arts.

On Saturday founder Zac Walsh hosted an open day at the studio so that residents and councillors could visit and raise any concerns they had.

"It went very well," he said.

"People I didn't recognise attended which was the whole point of the day - to make the studios more accessible.

"There was a good representation from councillors with many plans being hatched for the development of Studio 18.

"It was a real joy to see all ages represented and it felt like a lovely family affair.

"Studio 18 is a vital hub of support for the young creatives of Stroud."

This open day came as over 2,000 residents have signed a petition to save the venue after the noise complaint notice.

Stroud District Council issued a Community Protection Notice Written Warning to owner Zac Walsh on March 29, after receiving noise complaints from neighbours.

Organisers have been concerned about the venue's future, and the situation has been described as "unreasonable" and a "constant worry."

Stroud district councillor for Brimscombe and Thrupp Beki Aldam said: "We are really lucky to have a space like Studio 18 in our community.

"The way it champions local artists, young artists and all creatives, means it's a unique resource and a really exciting space."

Cllr Robin Drury-Layfield, vice chair of SDC’s environment committee, said: "I met with Zac and the team recently to support the studio in their discussion with officers from environmental health.

"We had a thorough and detailed conversation and between us explored a way forward for the venue that would help prevent noise complaints when events are being held."

An SDC spokesperson said previously: “A Community Protection Notice Written Warning (not a CPO) was served on March 29 which stated that amplified music should not be played so loudly as to unreasonably disturb people living nearby.

“Officers and elected members are in touch with the management and are working with them to ensure that noise is controlled."

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