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SPT Chair to also Chair South West Heritage Trust Network
Camilla Hale chairs the South West Heritage Trust network – a group of over 100 people and organisations closely involved in preservation and conservation of buildings throughout the South West. Two meetings a year are arranged with speakers. Each meeting is in a different place so that we all get the chance to explore new projects and new areas and be inspired by the work of others. The south West is one of the most active areas in the country and there are some wonderful projects across the UK to look at.
Lease sales continue in the year. Gradually all lease holders of SPT properties are buying their freehold leases. This makes their future sale transactions easier and means that SPT is not tied to 999 year leases and having to claim the ground rent on an annual basis.
Local Listing Project
A Locally Listed Heritage Asset is a building, park or garden considered to be of special interest because of its historic, architectural, design or townscape value. This is not the same as a Listed Building which is designated at national level by Historic England.
Stroud Town Council has designated these buildings in collaboration with Stroud District Council.
45 buildings and quirky street furniture were selected by an expert panel in March 2017. Through the year all 45 were written up and photographed and put out to community consultation.
SPT Trustees attend conference
Three SPT Trustees went to the second Heritage Trust Network Conference in the City of Culture, Hull in October 2017.
This was a really stimulating conference on diversity and engagement in preservation projects around the UK. There were some really inspiring talks and examples given of finding the ‘voice’ of buildings and their connection to local communities. The photo is of Anne Mackintosh enjoying some 3d virtual reality.
We were also impressed by Hull as a City – new to all of us. The buildings were magnificent and the docks and history fascinating – well worth a visit in its own right, there is so much to see. The volunteers were so friendly and helpful and one said that they were excited to come to Stroud to see the Anti Slavery Arch, they knew all about it! Hull is where Wilberforce was born and brought up and looking at freedom has been a key element of the City of Culture’s programme.
Chapel of Rest
Raising funds from the Architectural Heritage Fund to support Stroud Town Council
Neighbourhood Development Plan
Final stages and eventually in August a Town Referendum voted in the NDP which was finally ratified by the District council in October. Stroud Town Council now have a template for development to work on over the next 20 years.
Finally Stroud Preservation Trust plaques, beautifully cast by D. M. Foundries on London Road, are on all the buildings that we have been involved in. The latest to go up:
The Brunel Goods Shed unveiled by the Chair of the Railway Heritage Trust
The Slavery Arch at Archway
The Toll House at Cainscross
Arundel Mill, off London Road
With thanks to Stroud Town Council for grant funding towards this project.
The Medieval Hall
SPT had to intervene in a planning application that suggested the enclosure of the ‘garden’ of the Medieval Hall. This open space is much prized by Stroudies but it had become a place of drinking and rowdiness. A multi agency approach meant that a camera was installed and the ‘garden’ area, part of the footprint of the building, has remained open for public use.
Neighbourhood Development Plan work continues
Throughout the year consultation and events and draft writing continued. Photography and layout became important.
Cheapside neighbourhood spatial framework
At a recent meeting of the Trust we discussed the future of the old stone warehouse down by the canal below Cheapside, Stroud. The Trust is concerned about its future, and is keen to co-operate with whoever develops the Cheapside site, to the east of Hill Paul. This led to a general discussion about the urgency of a clear spatial framework for the whole area between the town centre and the soon-to-be-renovated canal. The potential is huge. Canal boat people will need a chandlery and refreshment; townspeople will want to see the boats, the water and the working lock; the south-facing canal side offers marvellous opportunity for attractive, convivial space; and more generally the links between retail centre, station, goods shed, car parks and canal could be radically improved with real benefit to the image and attractiveness of the town.
The outcome was a meeting between Hugh Barton, of the Trust, and the Consultations Committee of Stroud Town Council, facilitated by Steve Hurrell, who is a member of both the Trust and the Council. The Consultations Committee decided to ask Hugh and urban design colleagues to prepare a 'development scoping report' for the whole area. This report would pull together the information available, and all the ideas which different people and organisations have come up with. It would set out critical opportunities, risks and recommendations.
The design group, working pro bono, has started gathering material and talking to the movers and shakers in Stroud - though the real movers, the land owners and potential developers, are not so easy.
If anyone has useful information of ideas, please contact Hugh Barton on 01453 753762.
UK Association Of Preservation Trusts film at Brunel Goods Shed
On June 6th SPT trustees and SVA artists were filmed at the Brunel Goods Shed by the UK Association for Preservation Trusts (UKAPT).
UKAPT are making 20 films across the country about the work of preservation trusts, how they manage to carry on over the years working with difficult but rewarding buildings at risk, how they raise funds and how the buildings are used when restored.
Anne Mackintosh talked about the long road SPT has had with the Goods Shed and the finances needed to make it no longer a building at risk.
Neil Walker from Stroud Valleys Artspace (SVA) talked about the SITE festival and how the venue of the Goods Shed has really changed the quality of SVA’s work and festivals and Corinne Hockley talked to camera about exhibiting her Russian Winter exhibition there, snow indoors and out!
Look out for the films (some time in October) on the UKAPT website.
Free Walks for Schools
Hill Paul & The Brunel Goods Shed Walk
A short walk (from one side of the railway station over the bridge to the other!) to tell how these two iconic buildings were saved for Stroud.
Meet those involved and see how they are used today.
Tuesday 25th June 7.00pm
Meet outside Hill Paul opposite the Station
£2 donation per person.
Maximum 30 people
To book please phone the Museum in the Park on 01453 763394
For more information contact Camilla Hale on 07936 505251 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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