East Riding of Yorkshire Council has announced that it is seeking expressions of interest from interested parties for Skidby Mill and Heritage Centre, which is currently operated by the council as a visitor attraction and is the home of the Museum of East Riding Rural Life.
The facility includes the area’s only working windmill and is open all year round as a visitor attraction, as well as offering conference and catering facilities.
The council is looking to explore options for the future of the listed facility, with a view to making the most of its heritage value and making the best use of the site.
Darren Stevens, head of culture and information, said:
“The council is keen to investigate ways of helping the local economy and improving leisure and tourism across the East Riding. As part of this approach, the council wishes to explore all options for the future of Skidby Mill and Heritage Centre, in order to ensure that it has the most viable and sustainable future possible.
“We will therefore be seeking expressions of interest from anybody with the expertise and resources to satisfy our aspirations for further development of the facility to secure the Mill’s future.
“I would stress that this is purely an exploratory exercise to determine the ideas and aspirations that any interested parties might have. We have not made any decisions about future arrangements for Skidby Mill, and it is very much business as usual.”
“I would also point out that we have run similar exercises before, and that the outcome really is not a foregone conclusion – we simply want to see if we receive any expressions of interest.
“Staff and commercial tenants at the site have been notified.”
The closing date for receipt of any expressions of interest is Wednesday 27 January 2016.
For further details of how to submit an Expression of Interest, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/propertysearch or contact the valuation and estates service on 01482 393998.