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Buildings of Concern
On a regular basis SPT is asked to look at several buildings to give advice or from concerned local people worrying about their state. After a meeting with the District Council conservation officers we agreed a series of actions that SPT could do to help the officers with additional information or pressure. We also went through their list of buildings at risk. This list we have asked to be on the SDC website as it is a matter of concern to all of us that our heritage in is good condition, known about and well represented by our local council.
These discussions have also been part of Stroud District Council’s Heritage Strategy which is being developed currently (end of 2017).
Two buildings we have been concerned about include:
The Old Convent
The Old Convent is a really important building to Stroud and has been at the heart of Stroud’s regeneration since the 1970’s. The story of that building is the first chapter in our book, Stroud – a Town Changed by Community Action. Whilst researching that chapter we realised that the corner of the chapel is in dire condition and we would consider this to be a building at risk.
In 2017 new owners bought the building and were happy to show two of SPT’s trustees around to see the renovation that is going on there. There are some interesting plans for the future of this marvellous Benjamin Bucknall building situated in a key area of the Stroud Town Centre Neighbourhood Plan designated area.
This mill building continues to be in a parlous state of repair (writing as of Dec 2017). SPT has researched the owners of this building and asked the District Council officers to write to them immediately with their concerns about the building. Several new users of the building are also asking that especially the 1805 part of the mill is looked at urgently as rainwater damage affects the back of building and is blowing out the stonework.