News - Question to Leader of the Council - Throop Mill - 29th July 2014

NEW - Thursday, 17th July 2014 // UPDATED - Wednesday, 30th July 2014 // UPDATED - Wednesday, 13th August 2014 // UPDATED - Monday, 18th August 2014 // UPDATED - Wednesday, 1st October 2014

UPDATED - Wednesday, 1st October 2014
UPDATED - Monday, 18th August 2014
UPDATED - Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Councillor Ron Whittaker to letters@bournemouthecho.co.uk
12th August 2014

Sir.

One can only agree with every single word that Miss Neville wrote on the 12th to postbag, re Throop Mill.

Letter to the Daily Echo - Hope for future of Throop Mill

Sent to Miss Neville after the Council meeting on 29th July copy of the leaders reply to my question asking the Leader to make contact with the owners to attempt / ascertain whether they have any plans for investment in the Mill.

The leader AGREED WITH MY REQUEST, after speaking with officer on Monday 11th August, he assured me letter will be sent out this week, Result is anyone's guess!!

In the 35 years have over 400 letter/emails reports from different years including then lengthy correspondence in 1993 when MAYOR TO OWNERS, result nothing.

Many interested parties have contact with numerous proposal for the Mill, all pass on to the owners, yes including request for a pepper corn rent so one could fund raise. GAIN NOTHING.

Throop Mill like the empty United Reform Church and Manse in the Village, Hicks Farm and many other ongoing ward matters can be found on both Cllr Anne Rey and our website, www.peoplebeforepolitics.info listing all the details of what has and is going on in Throop / Muscliff.

Cllr Ron Whittaker
Independent Throop and Muscliff Ward

UPDATED - Wednesday, 30th July 2014
NEW - Thursday, 17th July 2014

COUNCIL MEETING - 29 JULY 2014

Cllr Ronald Whittaker General Question to the Leader of the Council, Councillor John Beesley:

The Leader will be aware that we have over past months had correspondence appertaining to the Grade 2 listed Throop Mill. However, the main reason for my emails was not to seek for the Council to buy the Mill but, after some 35 years seeing this lovely building remaining sadly closed and neglected by the owners, to try to establish if any thought had been given to plans for its future use. In 2012 when the owners met with Roger Ball, a slight glimmer of hope emerged when it was then suggested that the owners would be better served by selling their interest to someone who might have a vision for the building and be prepared to invest, as it was fully appreciated that the cost of buying and carrying out the necessary internal works would be substantial.

Would the Leader please make one more attempt to secure a meeting with the owners or communicate the Council's concern that nothing is happening?

Councillor Ron Whittaker

Reply from the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Resources, Cllr John Beesley:

As Councillor Whittaker rightly points out Throop Mill is privately owned and there is little the Council can do to encourage the owners to either invest in or dispose of their property.

However, I will ask that Officers again make contact with the owners of the property in an attempt to ascertain whether they have any new plans for investment in the Mill, or indeed whether they might envisage a change in its use or perhaps selling it in the future.

29 July 2014