Now, Gloucestershire County Council has confirmed that the road will remain shut to traffic and ideas for improving the area as a public space will be explored.
When the new Brewery Bridge and associated roadworks were completed Stroud Town Council campaigned for the public to be consulted over future plans.
In February, more than 80 town councillors, district and county councillors and members of the public turned out in a show of support for the consultation and appealed to people to visit the exhibition.
People were asked to vote on two options. The first to reopen Wallbridge to traffic on one lane only and the second to keep it closed.
More than 300 people had their say and the majority of them were in favour of keeping the road closed.
“We are very pleased that so many people took the time to visit the exhibition and that the county council has listened to their views,” said Stroud town councillor Ben Spencer.
“The town council firmly believes that keeping Wallbridge closed is the right option and those who voted have echoed that view.
“Wallbridge is a key route into the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists travelling from the canal towpath and from the Rodborough side of town.
“Keeping it closed to traffic makes it easier, safer and much more pleasant to use and a better environment for the Canal Trust visitor centre and the Lockkeepers Cafe,” he said.
He said it was doubtful that opening Wallbridge would improve traffic flow. “The route would have been one-way and that would be much more of a risk to pedestrians.
“Now the town council, in association with other councils, organisations and companies, can look at further enhancing the area and creating a gateway to Stroud that we can be proud of.”
Lawrence Elcocks, Network and Traffic Manager for the county council, said: “We are pleased that so many people had their say on the future of Wallbridge in Stroud.
“The road will remain closed for now and a decision will be made on whether this is a permanent solution or not in the future.”