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Bulldozers move in to turn weekly’s home for almost 50 years into car park

A weekly newspaper’s home for almost half a century has been demolished to make way for a car park.

The former offices of the Gloucestershire Gazette, in Dursley, have been dismantled and will now be bulldozed.

The Gazette was based at the Reliance House site, in Long Street, from 1966 until 2015, when staff relocated off-patch to the office of Newsquest sister title the Stroud News and Journal.

Dursley Town Council bought the former offices and printworks site for £475,000, and it will be replaced with a total of 50 long-stay car parking spaces.

Work begins at the former Gloucestershire Gazette office

Work begins at the former Gloucestershire Gazette office

A demolition contractor began work at the site last week, and work is expected to take around four weeks to complete.

The new car park is set to open in October, in time for the Dursley Walking Festival.

A piece about the demolition on the Gazette’s website states: “The Gazette recently joined the town’s mayor, Cllr Neil Grecian, deputy mayor Cllr Mandy Woodward, town clerk John Kay and demolition contractor Tony Niblett for a farewell tour of the building.

“Gazette journalists, equipped with laptops and mobile phones, now work on the move, attending meetings, interviewing people and hearing their stories just as they always have.”

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  • July 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Very sad. I was fortunate enough to have worked at the Gazette as news editor under David Cullimore in 2000. Happy days…

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