Appeal to raise money for Tide Mill

A PUBLIC appeal is to be launched to raise money towards the restoration of a landmark Tide Mill in Suffolk and convert it into a working mill.The ambitious project to upgrade the Woodbridge Tide Mill has taken a major step forward after Suffolk Coastal District Council agreed in principle to support a planning application for the Grade I-listed building.

A PUBLIC appeal is to be launched to raise money towards the restoration of a landmark Tide Mill in Suffolk and convert it into a working mill.

The ambitious project to upgrade the Woodbridge Tide Mill has taken a major step forward after Suffolk Coastal District Council agreed in principle to support a planning application for the Grade I-listed building.

Now an application for lottery funding will be finalised - but ten per cent of the total costs of the project have to come from the public.

At least £50,000 will be required towards the £500,000-plus project and details will be unveiled at the Tide Mill on September 8 and 9 when the Maritime Woodbridge celebrations are held.

Fred Reynolds, a Tide Mill trustee, said: “The more people that are alerted to the fact that we will have to raise money through partnership funding, the better.

“We have to raise ten pc through local sources and we are going ahead with the project but this will be one of the hurdles that we have to overcome.”

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“We are very pleased with the council's decision.”

The aim is to grind corn and produce flour, and to blend traditional craft with modern technology to encourage more people to visit the mill.

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