Stroud MP David Drew is backing a campaign to raise £100,000 in pledges to carry out improvements to the Subscription Rooms.
Stroud Town Council has launched the campaign as part of its proposal to take on the lease of the venue and to ensure its future as a community-owned venue.
“I am pleased that a campaign is underway to preserve the Subscription Rooms as a community-owned asset for the people of the district and am happy to support it,” said Mr Drew.
“The Subscription Rooms is at the heart of Stroud in so many ways and we should all work together to secure its future.”
A public consultation will be held in the George Room at the Subscription Rooms between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday March 17.
Members of Stroud District Council’s Task and Finish Group and representatives from Stroud Town Council will be at this event.
In just a week more than 151 people have pledged £17,398 to the campaign.
Stroud author Jamila Gavin has also backed the Sub Rooms initiative.
“The Stroud Subscription Rooms has been the historical heart of the town, and its most important building,” she said. “It should always be in the hands of the town, the people of Stroud, and their representatives.
“We will know what we’ve lost if it goes, and once gone, will never be replaced.”
Stroud District Council announced last year that it was considering the options for the future of the venue.
Following widespread community opposition the District Council decided not to sell the building and to keep the Subs in public ownership.
After the public consultation, the District Council’s Task and Finish Group consisting of the district council’s four party leaders will review the offer and the public consultation response, before making a recommendation to the District Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee meeting on Thursday April 12.
“We are asking people to make a pledge to demonstrate to the District Council that there is wide-ranging community support to create a viable and vibrant cultural and arts centre,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“If our offer to Stroud District Council is successful we will launch a detailed plan for the future of the Subs at which time we’ll be looking for vital early donations as we get up and running.”
The money would be used to provide a new bar and café and improve the toilets . These improvements were highlighted by people who completed a recent Town Council survey.
People can make their pledge online on: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SubsPledge or by mobile on
www.surveymonkey.com/r/WDQ7JJL. Printed pledge forms are available from the Town Council offices or download here.
The campaign hashtag is #subspledge.