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Leader's blog - 8 June 2022

Published: Wednesday, 8 June, 2022

"This Thursday the Strategy and Resources Committee will be considering the Levelling Up Bid which is due to be submitted to government by 6 July. The £15m-plus bid would see a series of new projects improve Stroud for everyone, transforming poorly used, neglected and in some cases derelict spaces and make them great places to be proud of.

The investment would be made into three related projects:

  1. Gateway spaces - enhancing green spaces, delivering new affordable business incubator units and purchasing brownfield land for the development of homes.

  2. Cultural landmarks - improving access and internal improvements to: Lansdown Hall, Subscription Rooms and Brunel Goods Shed.

  3. Connections - with improved pedestrian and cycle routes around Wallbridge, the end of the Nailsworth to Stroud cycle route at Bath Road, Rodborough, and opening up the Brunel Mall car park to the station to add additional station car parking and reducing the traffic in the town centre.

A consultation is now underway for everyone who uses Stroud District Council play areas to  give their views on how they can be improved. The consultation covers the 32 council-owned play parks across the district, so that funds can be invested where they are needed the most. The funding will be used to improve some of the key areas across the district, updating them with equipment which is fun and fit for purpose. One of the council’s three main priorities is Community Resilience and Wellbeing, and this survey forms part of a wider consultation including stakeholder engagement, focus groups and door-to-door consultations where play areas surround residential dwellings. The survey ends on June 24. To fill out the survey, click here:

The Women’s Tour of Britain visits Gloucestershire today (Wednesday) and though not through our district, we’re looking forward to the Men’s Tour peloton coming through Stroud district in September. We wish Berkeley rider Pfeiffer Georgi the best of luck in the race this week and while she is an elite athlete, cycling is for all and you can find out more about how to get more out of cycling in National Bike Week this week"

Cllr Doina Cornell

Leader, Stroud District Council

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