The group behind a proposal to save the Sub Rooms has revealed the individuals on board.
Stroud Trust, which is being established as a not-for-profit organization, is formulating a business plan for the Sub Rooms in response to Stroud District Council’s review of the venue’s crippling costs.
But, until now, its members – who include a conflict management consultant, Stroud Fringe co-director, and the founding director of Gloucester Guildhall – have not been known.
The Trust’s aims are to energise the Stroud area’s arts, culture and leisure economy, and to ensure it is integrated and protected for everyone’s benefit.
The team is made up of Jess McQuail, CEO of an NGO and lead on the Stroud Outdoor Pool/Lido Feasibility Study Project Team; Julie Ellison, a consultant and lecturer in Social Enterprise; Julie Howe, a brand and design consultant and co-director of Stroud Fringe; John Bloxsom, town councillor and company director; Lucy Vincent, a communications consultant; and Andy Woods, who is founding director of the Gloucester Guildhall and Artrix, Bromsgrove.
The Sub Rooms business plan is being developed with support from Stroud Town Council and Locality, which is a national organisation which helps to set up locally-owned social enterprise organisations.
“We are excited and energised to be working together with the Town and District councils to create a dynamic venue,” said Julie Howe from Stroud Trust.
“This is such an exciting opportunity to bring together some of Stroud’s assets under a strategic programme to ensure their sustainability for the future.”
The plans would ensure the building remains a public space and also allow for upgrading, including extensions to the restaurant and bar.
If the bid is successful, The Town Council has offered to take ownership of the Sub Rooms’ freehold to secure it as a public asset.
The Trust aims to secure a ‘dynamic and diverse future’ for Stroud. It will work in partnership with Stroud Town Council, Stroud District Council, local people and other stakeholders to secure local assets for continued community benefit.
A feasibility study for Stroud Lido is also on the Trust’s agenda, along with the expansion of the Fringe Festival.
For information, contact Stroud Trust at: [email protected]