£40k found to keep mill open

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AFAMOUS wind­mill will stay open for at least an­other year after the author­ity found £40,000 to keep the sails turn­ing.

An­gle­sey Coun­cil’s Ex­ec­u­tive ap­proved a “one-off” bid to keep Melin Llyn­non in Lland­deu­sant open to tourists.

The author­ity had pro­posed to farm off the run­ning of the mill (pic­tured), with the then-bor­ough coun­cil hav­ing been re­spon­si­ble for its restora­tion in the early 1980’s, re­main­ing as the only work­ing wind­mill in Wales.

But after no suit­able groups came for­ward in time, the author­ity de­cided to open again this tourist sea­son de­spite the ex­pen­di­ture heav­ily out­weigh­ing the in­come.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port dis­cussed on Mon­day, this year’s bud­get will re­sult in the coun­cil spend­ing a to­tal of £66,800 on staffing and main­te­nance costs, ex­pect­ing to re­coup only £24,670.

But Cllr Meirion Jones, said that it was im­por­tant that the is­land’s tourist at­trac­tions were sup­ported, con­firm­ing that dis­cus­sions over its fu­ture run­ning we re on­go­ing.

“Melin Llyn­non’s sit­u­a­tion is unique and is an iconic site on the is­land,” he added.

“I’m thank­ful of this rec­om­men­da­tion.”

“It’s im­por­tant that the mill stays open and if the coun­cil has to pay for an­other year, so be it,” added Cllr Richard Dew.

But Cllr Car­wyn Jones, was slightly more cau­tious.

“The mill and cafe are vi­tal tourist at­trac­tions but we can’t con­tinue to sub­sidise to this de­gree ev­ery year,” he said.

“I agree we should con­tinue for now but we can’t do this ev­ery year.”

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cers’ re­port, it had been con­sid­ered that the mill could have been trans­ferred to an un­named “in­ter­ested party” with­out fol­low­ing the re­quire­ments of its As­set Dis­posal Pol­icy.

But this op­tion was dropped fol­low­ing the ad­vice of the author­ity’s mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer and the prin­ci­pal val­u­a­tion of­fi­cer.

Melin Llyn­non was specif­i­cally ear­marked for restora­tion due to it still re­tain­ing much of its orig­i­nal ma­chin­ery, al­beit in a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion.

With work start­ing in 1978, the sails have been turn­ing since 1984, usu­ally open from March to Oc­to­ber.

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