Evening Gazette, Tuesday, June 4th, 1974
Lytham mill —back to the grind
Lytham windmill, one of the resort's major
tourist attractions might be made operational again.
The Fylde Leisure and Amenities Committee last night discussed a
report on the mill by chief technical officer Mr D. Illsley.
Mr. Illsley said that if corn could be ground at the mill again,
the tourist attraction would increase and there would be a great
deal of beneficial publicity.
He added: "In view of the importance the mill has in local lore, I
will never be happy until I have satisfied myself that renovation
is beyond reasonable expense."
The committee decided to apply for a
supplementary estimate of £1,700 to get the structure in reasonable
condition and that a further report into the mill's future be
Coun. Aiken said he agreed with the mill being preserved, but
asked: "Is there any point in getting it operational again?"
Coun J. E. Gouldbourn remarked that this was the first really
imaginative report produced by an official for a long time.
It could even be made commercial, animal feed could be ground
there, and he also suggested putting a little shop there to sell
He felt sure that one of the big flour combines would be interested
and that it was very worth while.
Coun M. Corbett stressed the publicity value of
such an enterprise.
Coun R. Spencer, MBE, agreed with retaining the mill, because, he
said, it was one of the finest standpoints in the Fylde, and so
He pointed out, however, that there would be an extra cost
involving staffing the mill if it were operational.
Conn G. Caldwell pointed out that many mills were being restored
operationally in Holland.
Wind provided energy if harnessed and such a mill could be used to
generate stored electricity.