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EXCITING new design proposals for the Wallbridge area of Stroud have gone on display in Ecotricity's Unicorn House – a move intended to stimulate debate about the design possibilities for the town.
The designs have been drawn up by Nailsworth-based architect David Austin and sponsored by Ecotricity, which is inviting local people to visit its Russell Street office and view what could be a look into the future for Stroud.
After council consultation earlier this year, people of Stroud overwhelmingly supported the idea of removing the temporary road at Wallbridge, but no vision was presented as to what might be possible in its place.
David Austin's designs take inspiration from canal cities such as Venice, Amsterdam and Bruges, and the proposals present the possibility of Stroud having a public space similar to that of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
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David Austin said: "The idea of the proposals is to demonstrate what could be achieved in this area. These aren't final plans and we are keen for people to come into Ecotricity and give us feedback about what they think. But we have a great opportunity to develop an attractive and utilitarian public space."
The Stroud Civic Society has already seen the proposals and is "very impressed" with the scheme: It says: "We endorse David's proposal to remove the Wallbridge Link Road constructed to facilitate the building of the Stroud Brewery Bridge. Roads are already over-dominant in the area.
"We liked the way David's proposal seeks to establish a formal relationship with Lion House, creating an axis aligned on the centre of the main façade."
Feedback forms are available in the reception of Ecotricity's Russell Street offices.
Ellen Blundell, Ecotricity