A DECISION was made on the future of the Stroud library. 

The fate of the library was decided at a Gloucestershire County Council cabinet meeting this morning. 

This follows plans to move the library from its current location in Lansdown to a new spot at the Five Valleys Shopping Centre. 

Cabinet approved the plans at a meeting this morning. 

At the same meeting, a decision was also made on the future of the Elms carehome in Stonehouse. 

More than 500 people took part in a survey which asked for people's views with 70 per cent of people who responded saying they were supportive of the move.

The survey formed part of an eight-week consultation period held earlier this year, which included four public consultation events and a focus group, to gather feedback on the proposals and understand the impact the relocation may have on library users and the wider community.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the public consultation into the proposed relocation of Stroud Library.

"The new site would be more accessible in the heart of the town centre and is likely to attract extra visitors, who would be able to benefit from the many services offered by the library.

“The new location would be more environmentally friendly, as parts of the centre are powered using solar energy and electric vehicle charging is available at the site, so I’m pleased this has received a positive response.”