A public meeting on the town’s Neighbourhood Development Plan will include discussion on Wallbridge.
Stroud Town Council has strongly supported the idea that Wallbridge should be a public open space for the enjoyment of residents and visitors and that it should be as green as possible.
Stroud District Council is acquiring two parcels of land at Wallbridge as part of Gloucestershire County Council’s agreement to contribute land which would benefit the Council’s canal project.
The land comprises 0.18 hectares (0.4 acres). The northern end was part of the former Stroud Brewery. It has been grassed over and is maintained by the Town Council
The district council’s strategy and resources committee considered the options for the future use of this land. The two options being proposed by the district council are to keep it as an open space or a mixed use development which would be commercial and public open space.
Town mayor, Amanda Moriarity said: “The town council has consistently argued for this area to be a public amenity that everyone can enjoy. We would encourage people to attend the public meeting and express their views.”
Two years ago the town council campaigned for Wallbridge to be closed to through traffic and develop it as an open space.
The public meeting on Saturday is to seek the public’s views on various topics to help shape the Neighbourhood Development Plan, ahead of its creation of a draft plan in April next year.
The consultation will run from 10am to 4pm at Stroud Sub Rooms and people will have the opportunity to give feedback on the plans so far.