AGM & “Council Housing” – Postponed, date to be announced

The Stroud Civic Society Annual General Meeting will take place soon.

Note that the original meeting of 24 March 2022 has been cancelled, a new date will be announced soon.

There will be a talk following entitled:

“Council Housing – The rise and fall and rise again of council housing in Stroud” – given by Tim Mars and others

Stroud District Council is the only local authority in Gloucestershire to have chosen to retain its housing stock rather than transfer it to a housing association. And, after a long hiätus due to government policy, it’s building again, with new houses in Stroud, Nailsworth and elsewhere, and a new sheltered housing scheme in Nailsworth.

This session will seek to explore Stroud’s proud history in the provision of council housing, the impact of the Right to Buy, Stroud’s exceptionalism in choosing to retain its stock, and the new housing now being built. Architect David Austin will describe the 2019 Stirling Prize-winning Goldsmith Street council housing in Norwich, built to the passivhaus standard, which he has visited, while Tim Mars will highlight some of the remarkable new council housing now being built by local authorities around the country. Council housing is once again among the finest new housing being built anywhere. [Further speakers to be confirmed.]

This meeting will be at the Congregational Church Hall (adjacent to the Subscription Rooms) – Bedford Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AY starting at 7.30pm.

Admission is free to members and £2 to non members.

Please note there is no parking at the church. The church website relates: “We recommend London Road car park, as it’s a level walk to the church. Stroud can be quite steep in places. There are also a limited number of disabled parking spaces in Fawkes Place for Blue Badge holders.”