What’s going on with Stroud's police station?

Gloucestershire police has confirmed it will not be upgrading the police station. We ask: what now for this central site in Stroud?

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Financial discrepancies in the Sub Rooms process

Last week, the Stroud News and Journal published a story about financial “discrepancies” in the bid process. Depending on what you read, the Sub Rooms might be costing anything from £170,000 to £415,000 a year. Here are the facts as we know them.

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The official report on the Sub Rooms sale is not a fair assessment

The report explaining the decision to recommend Ecotricity's bid for the Sub Rooms is now online. We think the assessment isn't balanced.

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"Minority recommendation" from the T&F group

The Task and Finish Group have published their recommendation for the Ecotriciy bid. Two members of the group disagreed with it. Their dissenting opinion wasn’t included in the report, and isn’t available elsewhere on the internet, so we’re reproducing it here.

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How can public access to the Sub Rooms be protected?

If the Sub Rooms are sold to a private company, its owner will control all public access (including the forecourt). Dale Vince has said he would maintain the current access and services, and there’s no reason to doubt his good intentions. But there are no details available; he could change his mind at any time; and it’s certain he won’t remain the current owner forever.

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Where are the Sub Rooms consultations?

There’s been a striking lack of consultation on the future of the Sub Rooms. The Council’s interpretation is that the public favour “continued access”, rather than public ownership. But there is good evidence that a large majority want it to remain in public ownership.

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"Bizarre Secrecy" at Stroud District Council

The process of selling Stroud’s iconic Sub Rooms has been highly secretive. Key documents have been withheld, meetings have been held in private, and due process has not been followed. The Council may have breached the lawful requirement for openness and transparency in local government decision making.

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Three questions for Stroud’s councillors about the Subscription Rooms sell-off

If you’re from Stroud, you probably know two things about our concert hall in the centre of town, the Subscription Rooms. Number 1, the Beatles allegedly played there in 1962, and your neighbour definitely saw them. Number 2, it’s currently up for sale.

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Welcome to Stroud Investigates

We’re a group of Stroud citizens who like investigating. We are particularly in interested in keeping the governance of our district transparent. We’ll write more about who we are soon.

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