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UPDATE: Response to Rush Skatepark statement

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Stroud District Council has responded to Rush Skatepark’s statement regarding the closure of their premises at Brimscombe Port.

Jerry and Michelle Norman, who opened the skatepark in 2013, said they will cease trading on August 29.

A Stroud District Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the latest message that the operators of Rush Skatepark have sent to their members and we know there are a lot of strong feelings around the matter.

“The Council remains committed to supporting Rush find alternative premises, as we understand the importance of such a facility for everyone, particularly young people in our district.

“We are working with Active Gloucestershire to provide them with extra support to help find the premises they need.

“The offer of a site at Stratford Park subject to funding and planning consent was made three years ago and still stands.

“Tenancies at Brimscombe Port are temporary because the council and our partners have a vision for a low carbon development incorporating wider canal regeneration, creating jobs, community and enterprise opportunities, nature recovery, new industries and a nationally-important destination for canal tourism at Brimscombe Port.

“Tenants have been aware of the terms of the leases for several years, and the most recent, and final, extension offered was until the end of June.

“The Council has already committed £1.16million to make the site ready for a developer, £2million has been committed by Homes England, £776,000 from the Government One Public Estate fund, and planning permission for a canal basin and highways infrastructure has been approved.

Once a developer is agreed upon, a planning application for the development will be worked on. For more information visit

https://www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/brimscombe-port “

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