Stroud Town Council has welcomed the decision to ensure the Subscription Rooms remains in public ownership.
At a meeting of Stroud District Council’s Strategy and Resources meeting district councillors agreed that the District Council will seek bids for a 30-year lease on the venue only.
The Town Council has been campaigning on behalf of the community to ensure the venue remains in public ownership.
“In all public consultations so far, the community has overwhelmingly backed the Sub Rooms remaining in public ownership, and we the Town Council are committed to achieving that,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“We are delighted that the District Council has listened to the public and agreed to see that this valuable venue remains a community asset.
“We recognise the enormous financial pressures that the District Council faces. We now look forward to working with the District Council and all other interested parties to broker a viable solution which best serves our community and safeguards the Sub Rooms as the jewel in Stroud’s cultural crown
“The Town Council wishes to make it clear that we remain committed to supporting efforts to ensure that the venue remains in community use and public ownership. We have already invested £10,000 in professional advice to shape our original bid.
“We will continue to support the Stroud Trust to refine their plans to meet the criteria in the revised motion. We have already carried out extensive consultation with the community and will continue to do so as this process evolves.”
District councillors were due to consider a recommendation to the committee that the Subs Rooms be sold to Ecotricity for £300,000.
Following nearly three hours of discussions and debate district councillors voted in a new motion that would see bids considered for the building on a maximum 30 year leasehold.
Votes were initially drawn with five councillors voting in favour of the new motion, and five against.
The chair of the Strategy and Resources committee, Councillor Doina Cornell, was given the deciding vote bringing the final total to six in favour of the motion.