CAMPAIGNERS from Stroud have just a few weeks to stop the privatisation of the town’s beloved Subscription Rooms, they told a packed Star meeting on Wednesday night.
The “sub rooms” are a public space used by local people for exhibitions, live music, theatre, public meetings and more on a regular basis.
The space is described as “the heart of events and celebrations” in the Gloucestershire town.
But the district council has invited bids for its sale, with the apparent favourite Dale Vince’s energy firm Ecotricity, which has put in an offer of £300,000.
A website called Stroud Investigates has revealed that the council’s own consultations show an overwhelming majority of residents believe the rooms should remain in public ownership.
The council is due to decide on the venue’s fate on December 5.
Campaigner Richard House, who leafleted the meeting on The Media and the Case for Socialism addressed by Star editor Ben Chacko and Stroud MP David Drew, told the paper that the building was built by public subscription in 1833 and the council had no moral right to privatise it.