Throop Mill, Throop Weir, Sluice Gates

Councillor Ron Whittaker's letter to the Bournemouth Daily Echo about Throop Mill, Throop Weir, Sluice Gates.

Sir,

A number of visitors / residents have been asking about the tarpaulin covering the existing Ironworks on the small weir bridge adjacent to Throop Mill, it is work being undertaken by the Environment Agency to carry out repair works to the existing concrete piers, and replace the corroded hatches, with the listing in 2008 of the ironworks by English heritage one can only wish that the present owners of Throop Mill, closed since 1972, when it ceased operation, could see the massive advantage now with the repairs to the sluice gates of testing the market to see if interest could be shown to open up the Mill as a Tea room / Cafeteria / come craft centre and organic shop, combined with having this lovely former Mill building with all of most intact Milling equipment for all to see and enjoy.

After many hundreds of correspondence on this matter over the past 20 years, it would be great in the year of celebrating Bournemouth's 200 years if the owners could see the great advantages of testing the market?

Cllr Ron Whittaker