Petition Started to Appeal for Restoration of Willaston's Old Mill
|Published: 7th March 2013 11:57|
The Old Mill in Willaston, near Neston, is the tallest in Cheshire and has stood for over 200 years - an industrial icon of great importance for the surrounding areas.
A petition has been started to show just how much local interest there is in this project, to support an application for a Heritage Lottery Grant to carry out vital restoration works.
Spokesman Ben Twells explains: "Our intentions are simple, to stop this building falling into further disrepair and eventual collapse. The sails were storm damaged in 1930 so they were removed.
"To reinstate the sails that once stood proud at the heart of Willaston Village would be a very special event in its timeline. The building is also in need of some vital restoration to prevent any further damage,so that it will stand for future generations. This includes the 'Kentish' style roof that isn't currently worthy of its name for all the rot!
"It is incredibly important to preserve iconic buildings such as this one, they are part of our heritage and our industrial past. The present custodians of this fantastic piece of Architecture realise they have a responsibility to carry out these works, however there is great cost involved with projects like this one, so we are preparing an application for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which we hope will make up part of the overall cost."
The petition that has been set up is to gauge local interest and prove that the preservation of the Old Mill means something to the Villagers of Willaston and surrounding area.
Please show your support to this unique and increasingly rare icon by signing the petition online: