Davison’s Mill at Stelling Minnis Photo: Hawkinge Gazette
Folkestone & Hythe District Council is recommending that Kent County Council (KCC) delay its proposed sale of windmills to allow local groups to potentially raise money to buy the historic landmarks and maintain them into the future.
One of the eight owned and maintained by KCC is Davison’s Mill at Stelling Minnis which is managed locally by The Stelling Minnis Windmill and Museum Trust.
A Folkestone & Hythe District Council spokesperson said:
“We would like Kent County Council to delay its process. This would allow community groups time to fundraise and recruit experienced trustees.
“If the windmills are sold quickly there is a chance that local community groups will not have sufficient time to ready themselves to express an interest before these structures fall into private hands. This is particularly important as the county council has looked after some of these assets for more than 60 years.”
Stelling Minnis Parish Council has already nominated the windmill in the village as an Asset of Community Value and Folkestone and Hythe District Council has eight weeks to decide whether to grant this status.
More about the windmill proposal here.