The Academy of Urbanism nomination described Stroud as ‘one of the more authentically gritty and industrial of the Cotswold towns’.
The judges began their visit at Stroud College before meeting more than 30 people behind such projects as the Museum in the Park, The Space, Farmers Market, the campaign to save Uplands Post Office and the Social Enterprise Centre in Brickrow (pictured above). There was a lunch time presentation about Stroud Valleys Artspace and the Stroud International Textile Festival.
The programme was co-ordinated by Stroud Chamber of Trade and Commerce and also included a trip to Milliken’s woollen mill and to the Ebley Mill council chambers. Stroud Mayor Andy Read was able to highlight the work done to promote the town through it’s annual calendar of festivals and the value which residents place on its green spaces and play areas.
At the end of the visit, Academy chairman John Thompson said: “We look for signs of a town with a strong identity, a dynamic local economy and residents who thrive off community spirit. Stroud certainly has all of that.”
The aim of the Academy is to identify best practice among towns and cities around Britain and Ireland. The results will be announced at an awards dinner on Friday, November 19 in London.
Article placed online: 1st August 2010
Photo by Andy Read