Sandford Mill in Chelmsford to be developed as all-year-round community asset

July 19, 2022 8:14 PM
River Chelmer near Sandford Mill

River Chelmer near Sandford Mill

A former water mill in the Chelmsford area could become a facility enjoyed throughout the year, potentially for leisure, educational or cultural uses. Lib Dem-led Chelmsford City Council is at the very earliest stages of coming up with plans to develop Chelmsford's Sandford Mill into a much more accessible asset for the community.

The mill has been owned by the City Council for many years, but under the previous Conservative administration had been neglected. At the July meeting of the City Council's Cabinet, Great Baddow councillor Andrew Sosin asked for clarification of the plans.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Connected Chelmsford, Cllr Marie Goldman, explained that it is very early days and no decisions have yet been taken. She stated that, under Lib Dem leadership, the City Council would make the most of Sandford Mill's potential for the community and give it the love and attention it deserves.

It was also made clear that, as long as the Lib Dems are leading the City Council, there is zero chance of any housing of any kind being built there. The Lib Dems have also pledged that the public will be fully consulted when any plans are being drawn up.

This is all part of the much bigger plan from the Lib Dems to enhance Chelmsford's waterways and create a country park alongside the River Chelmer. These were set out in more detail at the Chelmsford Policy Board two days later.

Watch Cllr Goldman's response to Cllr. Andrew Sosin, in this video clip of the Cabinet meeting.

Read the report about enhancing our waterways that went to Chelmsford Policy Board.

Full Agenda for Policy Board here.

More about Sandford Mill here.