In the past decade The Space has become a popular venue for concerts, films, exhibitions, plays, charity events and parties.
It was initially bought from Gloucestershire County Council in February 2000. In 2006 it was sold to a local charity, which has run it ever since. However the demands of maintaining the grade-two listed building have proved a challenge to charity volunteers.
Following detailed negotiations, Stroud Town Council met on Monday March 29th and councillors supported a proposal to buy the building for £96,000. An additional £5,000 is needed for fees and related costs and further funding has been set aside for essential repairs and improvements.
It is hoped that the sale will be completed in the next few months. The building will be leased straight back to the charity.
Trustees of The Space have stressed that the move does not affect the operation of the venue as an arts and community centre in anyway. All bookings and events will continue as before.
Councillor Dave Cockcroft said he had been impressed by the level of public support for the proposal. "The Space is a key part of the town’s fabric. In many ways it has become Stroud’s Village Hall. We aim to secure it as a public building for future generations."
(Left) Members of the Town Council with chair of The Space Trustees Jeremy Collingwood (fourth from right) during a visit to see the building before agreeing to go ahead with the plan to buy it.
Article added online: Tuesday 30th March 2010
Picture by Andy Read