December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Repairs to an historic landmark could start within weeks after the owner of the building called on council bosses to fulfil their maintenance responsibilities.
Buttrum’s Mill in Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, stands at the bottom of Martin Whitworth’s garden.
The 19th Century six-storey brick building is leased to Suffolk County Council (SCC), which is responsible for its maintenance.
Last night a spokesman for the authority said repair work was due to start the week beginning September 9.
Mr Whitworth, 87, who bought the house and mill in 1969 with his late wife, Betty, said: “Buttrum’s Mill has been waiting 11 years for SCC to honour its obligations. The conditions of the lease are quite clear – its their responsibility to maintain it.
“I would like the work done before the weather turns against us. The paint is peeling, some of the shutters are broken and the woodwork could do with patching up.”
Mr Whitworth said he has paid to have the windmill’s granary roof, which is his responsibility, repaired in time for winter. “We have been round this course so many times,” he continued. “I just feel the council should come across and do something.”
Buttrum’s Mill – which opens regularly to visitors – was built in the late 1830s and is a product of famous Suffolk millwright John Whitmore.
A spokesman for SCC said the work should be complete within two or three weeks.
“This includes repainting the mill’s fantail, repairing the windows and inspecting and repainting areas of the sails,” he said.