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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S4M-13281

Potential Loss of The Arches in Glasgow

Submitted by: Patrick Harvie, Glasgow, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Supported by: John Finnie, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Alison Johnstone, Richard Lyle, Angus MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Joan McAlpine, Gil Paterson, David Torrance, Jean Urquhart, John Wilson

That the Parliament notes what it considers the huge contribution made by The Arches to arts and culture in Scotland, and expresses deep concern at the potential loss of the venue following a decision by Glasgow City Council licensing board to prevent it from operating past midnight; notes the open letter, signed by more than 400 people from the arts community in Scotland and sent to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, the chief executive of Creative Scotland and the chief executive of Glasgow Life, which expresses concern at the "catastrophic impact" that the loss of The Arches would have on the cultural life of Scotland; notes also the public petition that has attracted more than 37,000 signatures calling for the licence to be reinstated; considers that The Arches has gone to great lengths over the years to act as a responsible venue and that problems relating to drug use would be in no way addressed if The Arches' customers simply moved to other venues in the city, and urges Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government to take urgent steps, including reinstatement of the licence, to secure the future of The Arches both as an arts venue and as part of Glasgow's vibrant social scene.