Mill Hall recognised as Asset of Community Value

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A nomination to make Mill Hall an Asset of Community Value has been accepted by the Council.

An Asset of Community Value, or ACV, is an opportunity for communities to identify a building or other land that they believe to be of importance to their social well-being.

The nomination, made by the Save Mill Hall Community Group, highlighted the range of leisure, recreational and cultural activities that took place at the Mill Arts and Events Centre when it was open.

The granting of ACV status now means that if the asset comes up for sale, then the community group will be given a fair chance to make a bid to buy it on the open market, subject to future use of the asset remaining for the community benefit as set down in the legislation.

Leader of Rochford District Council, Cllr Simon Wootton, said:

“We fully understand how important the range of events and activities that were previously held at Mill Hall are to local people. That is why, as part of the Council’s Asset Delivery Programme, we are totally committed to ensuring this site will continue to provide a community facility.”

In March of this year, a cross party group of elected councillors agreed on a shared ambition to create a facility that meets the diverse needs of local communities and that makes a positive impact on the public realm in Rayleigh.

Further engagement with residents and stakeholders will take place before any formal decision is made by the Council.