From: Bottleneck Blues [john_at_bottleneckblues_dot_com]
05 November 2006 09:04
Subject: FW: Our
venue under threat ~ again!
you may be aware the planning application behind Zaffa in Maidstone was
withdrawn when the property developer realised the project would be rejected by
the council......This saved our venue from the dangers of closure but
sadly this threat has been resurrected.
land immediately behind our venue now has another application pending.....for 14
X 2 bedroom flats. Nobody has any objection to this provided the existing
use of Zaffa is protected......but that's not the case. Notwithstanding
that we have run our famous blues nights there for 10 years & the fact that
Ciaran (the owner) has also run folk, country & salsa events there for many
years it would take just ONE complaint from a new resident to close the whole
thing down. This is ridiculously unfair but it is the
Please be polite.....it's not Steve Clarke's fault
& we want the council on our side but the more support we can muster for
Zaffa/Mu Mu the greater the chance this application will be withdrawn.
There are precious few places in Maidstone (or
Rochester/Chatham come to that) where "grown-ups" can go out for an evening of
World Class entertainment. Every town in the country is being taken over
by "drinking factories" & we wonder why we have a "youth" problem.....that's
not the case with The Bottleneck Blues Club......we offer a wonderful
environment for a family night out.....don't let them take that away from
Don't forget the forthcoming gig on Friday 10th
Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings +
Migden & Gibson.......Fantastic!!!