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Short closures for Museum in the Park, Stratford Park Leisure Centre and The Pulse in final phase of renewable heating installation


Three Stroud District Council-owned public buildings will close for a short time in May to as part of the installation of a renewable heating system.

Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud will close on Monday 13 May and Friday 24 May, The Pulse Leisure Centre in Dursley will close on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May and The Museum in the Park in Stroud will close from Tuesday 14 May to Friday 17 May, and Friday 24 May.

The £5million project is replacing aging gas boilers with state-of-the-art renewable heating systems.

Most of the work at the centres has taken place behind the scenes with no impact to visitors. However, the final phase will cause considerable disruption to public areas with the loss of mains power, therefore cannot take place while the buildings are open to the public.

The closures have been planned so one leisure centre will be open every day with swimming, gym and exercise classes. There are public transport links between Stroud and Dursley with busses 65 (Stagecoach) and 65a (Cotswold Green) travelling between the two towns daily from Monday to Saturday.

Leisure centre and museum members have been contacted about the closures.

During the Museum in the Park’s closure areas of museum work that are often hidden from visitors will be revealed in a series of daily social media posts. The Museum will reopen on Saturday 18 May, which is International Museum Day.

Once complete, the project will save hundreds of tonnes of carbon emissions every year from the three buildings and is a key part of the council’s pledge to do everything in its power to ensure the district becomes carbon neutral by 2030.

Read more about the project here

Stratford Park Leisure Centre is owned by Stroud District Council but has been run by the current contractor since 2011.  The council is now bringing the management back in-house and from November 2024 council officers will staff and run the centre. The intention is to ensure Stratford Park and The Pulse, Dursley work together to expand the council’s health and leisure provision across the district.

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Photo by Dom Thompson, Cotswold Energy Group