Due to the ongoing financial challenges Kent County Council (KCC) are looking very closely at where savings can be made. One possibility is to find alternative arrangements for the ownership and/or financial responsibility for eight windmills in the county.
KCC owns and is responsible for the preservation of the eight historic windmills.
This would be a change to our current strategy for windmills as set out in the Kent Heritage Conservation Strategy. A public consultation was opened on the 28th November 2023 and goes onto 29th January 2024. There is a possibility that the windmills could be sold to raise capital or handed over to other groups to run and maintain them.
The windmills potentially impacted are:
Cranbrook, Union Mill
Margate, Drapers Mill
Stelling Minnis, Davison’s Mill
West Kingsdown Mill
Wittersham, Stocks Mill
Before any decisions are made, KCC want to hear the views of Kent residents, windmill and heritage volunteer groups, and other interested parties.
After the consultation closes feedback from the consultation, alongside the Equality Impact Assessment, will be presented to the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee before a decision is made by the Cabinet Member for Environment.
You can find the consultation details and a questionnaire here.