Stroud Town Council has taken over the ownership of three of Stroud’s most important landmarks.
Bank Gardens, Sims Clock and Stroud Cemetery have been transferred from Stroud District Council to the Town Council.
It marks the end of months of negotiations between the two authorities.
The district council agreed a total funding package of £130,000 for the Town Council.
“The Town Council is very pleased that we have been able to work successfully with Stroud District Council to achieve the transfer of Cemetery, Bank Gardens and Sim’s Clock to the Town Council,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“This will enable us to look after these much loved assets for the residents of Stroud and keep them secure for the long term.”
Councillor Cranston said that the transfer is likely to be the first of an ongoing programme of asset transfers.
“It makes sense for local assets to be looked after by the relevant town or parish,” he said.
“It is an exciting time for the Town Council as we look to taking on more assets and we look forward to working with the District Council on doing this.”
The transfers marks the return of the properties back to the residents of Stroud. Once the property of Stroud Urban District Council, the town’s assets were transferred to the district council in 1974.