Defiant owners of a popular Shepherd's Bush Green nightspot say the battle to save Ginglik is gathering pace despite the passing of a council deadline for a reprieve.
Ginglik, a converted underground Victorian toilet on the Green, was told by Town Hall bosses to find £300,000 to refit the roof and damp-proof the walls by Friday or face closure when the area undergoes a £3.3million redevelopment early next year.
Unable to raise the funds, club founders Tammi Willis and Colin Welsh are counting on people power to persuade property owners, Hammersmith and Fulham council, to fund the facelift or provide a new venue.
A 'Save Ginglik' protest will be held on September 20, backed by an online petition which has so far drawn more than 1,300 signatures from fans of the unconventional club.
Local Labour MP Andrew Slaughter is backing the campaign amid claims the council figure is over-egged.
He said: "This is part of the cultural landscape of Shepherd's Bush, the council is allowing something different, alternative and full of character to disappear to be replaced by the bland shopping centre that is Westfield."
Singer Lily Allen has also thrown her weight behind the protest, saying the venue promotes upcoming music and comedy talent.
Tammi hopes to draw more celebrity supporters to highlight the cause and has contacted comedians who have played there such as Rory Bremner, Harry Hill and Frank Skinner.
"The council are the landlords and if they say they can't justify spending £300,000 on a touch-up for the place then there is little we can do," says Tammi.
"But we're just not convinced they realise how much our supporters love the place and how much will be lost to the area if we go - we have 25,000 on our membership list and have supported so much local talent in our seven years."
Supporters say council cash will be well invested in the makeover as it will cost the same amount to fill in the venue.
But the council is unmoved, saying it can not justify spending council funds on making the building safe. Council leader Cllr Stephen Grenhalgh added: "With limited funds available the regeneration of Shepherd's Bush Greeen, which will benefit thousands of residents, had to be prioritised before these extensive and costly repairs."
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