Stroud Town Council has welcomed the decision by Stroud District Council to start negotiations to transfer the Subscription Rooms.
At a meeting of the District Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee it was decided that that the District Council would start talks with the Town Council for the transfer of either the leasehold or freehold of the building.
The transfer would also include forecourt area at the front of the Subs.
During the District Council meeting the Town Council was praised on numerous occasions for their bravery and positive approach regarding the Sub Rooms.
Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston welcomed the decision.
“It’s good news that the District Council has decided to enter into negotiation with us to transfer the Subs and reflects the community’s wish for this important venue to remain in public ownership,” he said.
“This a major milestone on the path to achieving a long-term sustainable future for a lively and interesting arts and cultural centre with something for all.”
But Councillor Cranston also sounded a note of caution. “There is a still a lot of hard work to be done to reach that goal but if everyone can hold that vision in mind and work together we will get there in the end,” he said.
“There are no easy answers to creating that sustainable future and will need all interested organisations and councils working together to make this a reality.”
Last month the Town Council launched a campaign to raise £100,000 in pledges to carry out improvements to the Subscription Rooms.
So far, £46,478 has been pledged.
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.
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.