Windmill sails will turn again – council

A WINDMILL, which has been without its sails for at least 18 months, is set to be restored back to its former glory, we can reveal this week.

Dozens of residents have contacted us about the sorry state of the Grade-I listed Cat and Fiddle mill, between Dale Abbey and Kirk Hallam since October 2010.

After pressure from English Heritage, Erewash Borough Council has been working with the mill owner, who had apparently had difficulty finding the right kind of wood for the sails.

But had of planning at the council Steve Birkinshaw said: “We have been in regular contact with the owner to assist in the windmill’s restoration and can confirm that the council has helped to identify a supplier for the owner to purchase suitable timber for the replacement sails.

“We understand that the owner has now purchased the timber and we are in regular contact assisting where possible to encourage restoration of the windmill sails as soon as is reasonably practical and continue to explore all appropriate means to support this.”

The announcement came as leader of the Erewash Labour group Cllr Howard Griffiths suggested the windmill, built in 1788, could become a tourist trap.

“The Cat and Fiddle windmill should be beckoning tourists into our borough,” he said.

The mill, off Cat and Fiddle Lane, is the only surviving post mill in Derbyshire and closed in 1952.