Interesting meeting and a good turn out for a chilly wednesday evening with no entertainment on. Planning conditions that have been hard won, would make it nigh on impossible for the nature of the business to change from being a community venue + pub + entertainment nightclub, so the RVT couldn't easily become just a pub, or just restaurant, or just a night club - not with out Lambeth contacting all 1200 people who submitted evidence to them. This means it's almost impossible for Inovate, the freeholders to find more profitable leaseholder. They are a property development company, they can't demolish it, build on it or change it into flats and they are not in the business of freeholding venues. RVT Future is a thorn in their side. So hopefully their best option is to sell RVT to the community. Least I hope so. Price will be subject to hard negotiation (but I guess will be £ millions) The idea is for the community to buy the building and to keep the existing leaseholder, who runs the venue, in place. If they are ever to be replaced it will have to be with a similar sort of queer bar. They are still in the process of registered the Community Benefit Society. It's an arcane type of co-op set up that will allow community owernership. When all the formalities are complete, which should be soon, the society will be able issue legal shares that can't be traded or passed on, so control of the building can never slip away from the community ever again. A share will start at £250. The organisation will be democratically run with elected directors. At the moment youngish gay white men with beards are well represented in RVT Future, so they are keen to get more people of every gender/background/etc involved. There will be more detailed info/ legal stuff issued by email shortly and I'll post it up.