Community engagement opportunity for The Mill Arts & Events Centre

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Rochford District Council today (20th July) launches its community engagement programme relating to The Mill Arts & Events Centre (The Mill).

After extensive consultation with residents and community groups, the Council’s Executive last week agreed to reopen The Mill in September 2022.

In the immediate short-term, the Council will work in partnership with its leisure partner Fusion Lifestyle to maintain, staff and operate the building.

This community engagement initiative is to seek Expressions of Interest from community groups to operate the building in the medium and longer term.

Cllr Mike Webb, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Assets and Leisure, said:

“This is an amazing opportunity for a new partner organisation to work with the Council to occupy or manage the centre, helping ensure that this important asset continues to serve the diverse needs of all our local communities and remains at the heart of our District.”

Expressions of interest are sought from constituted organisations with charitable purposes; local service providers, voluntary or community groups, sports organisations, charities or other partners.
For groups and organisations interested in applying, there will be an opportunity to visit The Mill next Wednesday 27 July 2022, between 4pm and 7pm.

This is an opportunity to look around the main areas of The Mill, pick up a copy of the expression of interest form and ask general questions to the Leisure and Cultural Services Team and the Assets Team.

Any interested parties who can’t attend on that day can still register an interest and the Team can also arrange another date for them to visit The Mill.

If you would like to book to visit The Mill on Wednesday 27 July, please contact the Council’s Leisure & Cultural Services Team via email or call 01702 963328.

You can find further information on the process of applying by going to or call 01702 963328.  

The process to identify a community partner will take place in two stages, each running for approximately four weeks.