COUNCIL ASSET DISPOSAL PLAN
MILL HALL DEMOLITION HALTED
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THE ASSET PLAN.
WHAT WERE THE COUNCIL'S PLANS?
According to previously published plans, RDC currently wants to demolish Mill Hall and replace it with four-story flat blocks which are to be built a stone's throw from our historic grade II listed Windmill. An insufficient, small community centre less than 10 percent the size of the Mill Hall will be built directly next to the Windmill as a replacement for the Mill Hall. A significant reduction of essential public parking spaces will occur on the site as part of the development.
You can see some images here of the artists impressions of the original plans, provided by RDC. These plans are yet to be updated and are under reconsideration or so says the Council. Nothing has been publicly resolved however.
It is clear what development of the Mill Hall site is all about. The sale of prime town centre land to a developer to build multiple four storey flat blocks. The flat blocks as you can see are built right up against the historic Windmill, the symbol of Rayleigh Town Centre. The proposed new community centre, some 90 percent smaller than the existing Mill Hall will also be situated a stone's throw from the Windmill.
You can engage with the council on the Voyage Partership website here. On that website, there are details of all the asset developments and what RDC's reasonings are for the proposals. We do not agree that the reasonings are sound for the redevelopment of the Rayleigh Mill Hall nor the redevelopment of the Civic Suite site in Rayleigh.
You can also download the pre-application presentation PDF that RDC have prepared below.