The future of London’s Ministry of Sound Elephant & Castle venue is set to be decided next week, when local councillors vote on a residential property development which Ministry say will force them to close.

“On September 6th 2011 our local borough council will effectively decide on the fate of the Ministry of Soundclub's future, if they agree plans to develop a residential block directly across the road from the venue. We need your signature to help fight council plans to close our club,” Ministry say on a ‘Save Our Club’ petition set up on their website.

“If you are a fan of Ministry of Sound, be that of our club, our record label, our compilations or our international tours, then we need you now more than ever.

Please sign our petition if you oppose Oakmayne’s planning application,” they urge.

Details of Oakmayne’s plans first emerged in February 2010, prompting an immediate response from the nightlife institution.

“The future of the SE1 venue has been put in doubt following a planning application by property developer Oakmayne,” the club announced in a statement posted on their website then.

“Oakmayne’s attitude towards preserving the longevity of the club is perhaps best summed up by a comment from its chairman, Christopher Allen, who when questioned gave his opinion that ‘nightclubs come and go’.”

“When Oakmayne told us that ‘nightclubs come and go”’ we were horrified,” Presencer added, “Ministry of Sound is not just any nightclub; it’s the most famous nightclub in the world and the heart of a global entertainment business.”

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