The directors of a Bristol nightclub have urged “the city and beyond to get behind us” as they make their intention clear that if their landlord sells the building they want to buy it.
Motion have submitted a Community Right to Bid application to Bristol City Council which they hope will safeguard jobs and valuable income to the local nighttime economy.
The Community Right to Bid allows communities to nominate buildings or land for listing by the local authority as an asset of community value.
If the assets come up for sale, the community can ‘pause’ the sale and take up to six months to find the funding required to buy the asset.
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Motion director Dan Deeks said: “If we were able to buy the building we’d be able to safeguard the venue and be in control of the future of Motion.
“We have a great relationship with our landlord and are positive they will see the contribution we make to the city and support this.”
Fellow director Martin Page added: “We plan to be here indefinitely. This option will safeguard the employment within the area and our customers right to enjoy the venue.
“We’ll be keeping people up to date as we progress talks to purchase the site. In the meantime it’s business as usual as we strive to fight for the venue we love.”