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Stroud District Council handed over Stroud Subscription Rooms to new owners and operators today, marking an historic moment for the landmark building.
Stroud District Council has transferred the building to Stroud Town Council and the business and staff to the Stroud Subscription Rooms Trust.
The Town Council and Trust have also simultaneously completed a lease agreement, to allow the Trust to start running the Sub Rooms.
“This is an historic moment for Stroud, as after a lot of consultation, negotiation and hard work by officers and councillors from both councils and the Trustees, Stroud Subscription Rooms will remain a publicly owned asset at the heart of the community,” said Stroud District Council Leader Doina Cornell (Lab), Green group leader Martin Whiteside and Liberal Democrat Group leader Ken Tucker in a joint statement.
“We would like to thank our staff who have carried on as normal during what has been a period of some uncertainty for them, and I wish them, the Trust and the Town Council every success for the future.”
In October this year the building will celebrate its 185th birthday, and SDC is investing up to £125,000 in to roof repairs plus giving a one-off grant of £230,000 to help the Trust get off to a sound start.
The Town Council has earmarked £83,000 for costs around the transfer and new equipment.
The business and staff have been transferred direct to the Trust as well as fixtures and fittings valued at around £20,000.
Applications for Listed Building and Planning consent have been submitted – search for applications S.19/0614/LBC and S.19/0613/FUL on the SDC Planning website.
Work is due to start in August on the first phase of improvement works starting with a new bar and café on the ground floor with a new kitchen, a more accessible bar upstairs and an improved access ramp.
Future phases will include: retractable seating in the Ballroom; a multi-use space with retractable cinema seating in the George Room; improved toilets, including a fully accessible disabled toilet with adult changing facilities; a new cellar; and improved circulation around the stairs.
Stroud Town mayor Kevin Cranston said: “In March 2018 we launched a campaign asking people to pledge money to carry out improvements to the Sub Rooms. Nearly £50,000 was pledged and donations have already exceeded £24,000. We now need people to honour those pledges so that the works can go ahead.”
Hugh Phillimore and Alex Cowan, joint chairs of the Trust, said: “We are looking forward to a new and exciting future at the Subs, with a wide programme of events. For upcoming events please visit our brand new website www.thesubrooms.co.uk.”
Artist impressions showing exciting plans for the refurbishment of the building:
Up to 77% of drivers are exceeding the limit on the Bisley Old Road and on Parliament Street. Speeds of up to 68mph have been recorded by the signs.
It is five months since Stroud Town Council installed the signs in the town and Town Councillor Sarah Lunnon said the results were shocking.
“Residents complain that consistent speeding makes them fearful for their children, elder members of the community, their pets and their property,” she said.
Councillor Lunnon chairs the Town Council’s Road Safety Group. The Group has received countless reports of damage to cars from
The data reveals there have been many incidences of speeds as high as double the speed limit at times when children are walking to school in residential areas.
The signs have had a positive impact with drivers slowing down around the signs and driving at lower speeds.
The Road Safety Group has made numerous requests to the police for help and information. There has been limited representation by the police at the Road Safety Group since October 2018.
“We understand the huge pressures our police service is under but we need their support in this,” said Councillor Lunnon. “The Town Council is constantly being asked about what is being done about the speeding drivers but we are not an enforcement agency.”
The Town Council has been granted funding from Gloucestershire County Council for automatic number plate recognition signs which will be used to capture the number plates of repeat offenders.
“The success of any scheme hinges on the commitment of all the partners, including Highways and the police,” said Councillor Lunnon. “We are appealing to these partners to help us make Stroud residents feel safer on our roads.”
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Signage has been identified as an issue in several public consultations such as Shaping the Heart of Stroud (the town’s Neighbourhood Development Plan), the Forecourt Thoughts consultation at Stroud Station, and the Stroud Connects Cultural Strategy.
The problem is the lack of a coherent, consistent scheme to help locals and tourist to navigate around the centre.
In preparation for the event, research was undertaken to determine what the existing signage looks like and where it is located.
Members of the public were also encouraged to consider how the town is represented or branded through the signage and had the opportunity to inspect some of the materials that could be used including a range of recycled or recycle-able substances.
This is the very start of the process and following the initial discussions it is hoped that some designs can be developed for further consultation.
More than 40 people contributed their thoughts. The consultation document summarises the thought process behind the scheme to date.
A second initial consultation event is to take place at Stratford Park to allow people who couldn’t attend the first to give their thoughts.
The date will be announced in due course.
The amendments proposed to Parish and Town Councils as outlined in full in the Community Governance Review includes a redrawing of the boundary of the Parish of Brimscombe and Thrupp where it adjoins the Town of Stroud (Trinity Ward) to transfer the properties in Gunhouse Lane to the Parish of Brimscombe and Thrupp.
Let SDC know what you think of the draft recommendations by completing their online survey by Monday 6 May 2019.
The Town Council, working with Footprints Designs, is holding the public consultation at the George Room, Stroud Subscription Rooms from 9.30am-3.30pm.
Signage has often been identified as an issue in projects such as the Cultural Strategy and the Public Realm Strategy.
It can play an important role in town, welcoming, guiding and engaging with all who visit, work in or use the town’s amenities.
Everyone is invited to come and look at the proposed designs, discuss the thought process behind the designs and contribute their opinions about the type of materials they would like to see used.
Feedback will be used to refine the designs and create a unified signage scheme for the town.