Unique mill could be sold
A UNIQUE property standing tall above Woodbridge could go on the market.The future of Buttrum's Mill, a privately-owned tourist attraction in Burkitt Road,is in the spotlight after owners Martin and Betty Whitworth, who live in the Mill House, said they could sell the building.
A UNIQUE property standing tall above Woodbridge could go on the market.
The future of Buttrum's Mill, a privately-owned tourist attraction in Burkitt Road,is in the spotlight after owners Martin and Betty Whitworth, who live in the Mill House, said they could sell the building.
They have not made a final decision yet but they are trying to establish if the town's residents want to preserve part of their heritage.
The couple bought their house and the mill with its adjoining former stable and field, in 1969 for less than £9,000 at auction.
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But the mill in recent years has started to become a millstone around the neck for the couple, in their 80s. They have had difficulty in obtaining volunteers to open it, the number of visitors has declined and the county council cut the grant for a warden.
The town council decided to give a £2,000 one-off grant for this year for a warden but Mr and Mrs Whitworth are unsure what will happen next year.
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The county council holds a 99-year lease for the mill and this includes an obligation to maintain the building. The maintenance cost varies from £1,000 to £15,000 a year depending on the need to repaint it.
Mrs Whitworth said: ''It is pretty nice really to have a windmill at the bottom of your garden but I have been thinking that people are fed up with the mill. They are not interested. Should we just close it down and call it a day?''