[lg policy] Fancy taking over Wales’ last working windmill?

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 10:47:36 EST 2018


 Fancy taking over Wales’ last working windmill?

Anglesey Council is looking for applicants to take over the running of the
18th century Melin Llynnon in a bid to cut costs

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Applicants are being sought to take over Wales’ only working windmill in a
bid to keep the popular tourist attraction open.

For several years, Anglesey Council
<http://www.dailypost.co.uk/all-about/anglesey-council> has been trying to
farm off the running of Melin Llynnon
<https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/iconic-anglesey-tourist-attractions-could-12056788>
in a bid to cut costs – on the proviso that it remains open to the public
and a feasible business plan is presented.

The windmill built in Llanddeusant, near Bodedern in 1775 was restored
during the early 1980’s by the then island borough council and remains the
only working windmill in Wales.

The authority, describing the “unique opportunity to lease one of
Anglesey’s top tourist attractions,” is asking for a guide rent of £21,000
a year to take over its running.

An advertisement posted on the council's website said: "The council is
offering the property on a full repairing and insuring lease with a
requirement that the site is to remain as a tourist attraction, open to the
public and comply with the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s bilingual
language policy.
[image: Llynnon Mill, LLanddeusant, Ynys Mon]
Llynnon Mill, LLanddeusant, Ynys Mon (Image: obert Parry Jones)

“The craft shop and café, which are included within the demise, both have
sitting tenants generating an income.”
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Earlier this year, in a bid to keep the sails turning, councillors approved
a £40,000 one-off payment to keep the attraction open for 2018.
<https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/only-working-windmill-wales-saved-14595738>

However, its future after 2019 remains unknown if no lease holders are
found.

In 2007 the site was expanded with the addition of a replicated prehistoric
village which includes two 10m diameter roundhouses furnished with the sort
of household implements and tools that Iron Age inhabitants would have used
in their daily lives.
Melin Llynnon is Wales' only working windmill

The windmill also has an associated shop and cafe, which are the only such
amenities available in the village.
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While there were once over 30 working windmills on Anglesey
<https://www.dailypost.co.uk/all-about/anglesey>, all had fallen into
disrepair by the early 20th century.

But Melin Llynnon was specifically earmarked for restoration due to it
still retaining much of its original machinery.

For more information visit here
<http://www.anglesey.gov.uk/business/land-and-property/commercial-properties-to-let/llynnon-mill-llanddeusant-isle-of-anglesey-ll65-4ab/134843.article>


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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