Trouble at mill
Friday 11th April 2014 @ 10:18 by Lisa B
News

Villagers are asking councils to take one last look at Old Glossop’s Hawkshead Mill before it is too late.

The bulk of the 18th century buildings are earmarked for demolition as part of a housing scheme.

Following a fire last month, shards of glass have been removed from gaping windows for safety reasons.

Ward councillor Garry Parvin said the council and the owners of the long empty and vandalised mill are in talks.

He said: “Old Glossop Community Matters have sent me detailed proposals about developing Hawkshead Mill back to life as a mixed use, residential and small business enterprise.

“But the odds are stacked against this.

HAWKSHEAD MILL: The clock is ticking as one of Glossop’s oldest factories faces demolition.

HAWKSHEAD MILL: The clock is ticking as one of Glossop’s oldest factories faces demolition.

“The owners are requesting permission to demolish the former mill and the site is marked for housing under the council’s emerging Local Plan.”

Writing on  his blog, Cllr Parvin added: “I have been making the case to High Peak Council officers that the owners must work with Derbyshire County Council’s archaeology department to look at the history of the site.

“And that a bat survey is made as bats have been reported foraging on the site.”

Cllr Parvin claimed parts of the building posed a public risk and that every effort should be made to safeguard against this.

He also said a First World War memorial on the wall should be preserved, possibly going up on the mill chimney, which definitely won’t be coming down.