Stroud Town Council will take over the ownership of three of Stroud’s most important landmarks.
Bank Gardens, Sims Clock and the cemetery will be transferred from Stroud District Council to the Town Council.
Members of the district council’s strategy and resources committee voted to accept the town council’s deal on the asset transfer.
It marks the end of months of negotiations between the two authorities.
“They are all important amenities to our town and we, as town councillors, are committed to caring for them as custodians for future generations,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“It was important that the Town Council negotiated a package which would not be an excessive burden on our residents. But we also believe that it is important that these properties remain assets for our town,” said he said.
The district council agreed a total funding package of £130,000 for the Town Council.
The district council agreed to sell the historic old chapel in Bisley Road cemetery on the open market after the existing agreement with the Town Council ends in April 2017.
It is currently being used by the Town Council’s Green Spaces team.
The Town Council will be given first refusal to purchase the Victorian building at market value and has until June 2017 to make a decision.
Town councillors will explore possible uses for the chapel and seek potential partners. The Town Council believes the chapel, set in the old cemetery nature reserve, is an important part of the town’s heritage.
District councillors agreed to set up a task group to look at the options for the future use of the Subscription Rooms.
The group will present an initial report to the district council’s strategy and resources in January 2017 and community services and licensing committee in January 2017.
The Town Council is committed to playing an active role in the consultations and says it is crucial that a comprehensive consultation is carried out before any decision is made.
“The Sub Rooms are much loved and the Town Council wants to secure the best possible outcome for the people of Stroud and the surrounding district,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
The Subscription Rooms has been publicly owned since it was built by public subscription in 1833. It owes its existence to the creation of Stroud as a parliamentary borough in 1832.
The transfers also 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.