A former pub is set to be converted into a community centre.

The Kings's Head pub, Rochford will be used for the community space after Rochford was selected as one of just five town centres in the country to launch a new ‘community hub’ scheme.

Rochford District Council made a successful application to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Open Doors pilot, which will see the former pub in Rochford converted into a space to support the community.

The scheme seeks to match landlords of empty properties with community groups looking for space. The pilots will be directly managed by the independent charity, Meanwhile Foundation in partnership with Meanwhile Space CIC, chosen for its existing work and experience in operating a brokerage service matching vacant premises with community groups looking for spaces to work.

In a separate project, Rochford Council has agreed to enter into a lease with the owners to use the remainder of the King’s Head building as temporary accommodation.

This will be transformed into 11 self-contained rooms to help those who urgently need to be housed.

Managing Director of Rochford District Council, Shaun Scrutton, said: “Rochford is a town rich in heritage and community spirit, which has tremendous potential.

“It is therefore very welcome to learn that our submission is one of five chosen from across England, and it is hoped that the additional visibility and footfall generated by the project will contribute to the ongoing process of ensuring the town centre remains relevant to the needs of residents and visitors, and will stimulate further confidence and investment in the town.

To find out more, and to take part, go to: https://www.meanwhile.org.uk/posts/9-open-doors