The second meeting of the Mortimer’s Mill Project Working Group met on Thursday night, and welcomed representatives of the Driffield Navigation Trust, who have voiced their support in principle for the project.
In addition local residents Steve Pollard and Stuart Denness also attended, along with town and ward councillors.
Driffield Town Council is currently consulting over proposal to consider buying three historic mill buildings at Riverhead owned by seed company James Mortimer Ltd whiuch are for sale for £450,000
The Town Clerk reported on the on-going consultation, which now will involve questionnaires going out to every household in the town, and that Facebook and Twitter accounts were now established and that were engendering considerable interest.
Councillors Mark Blakeston and Matt Rogers had also met with Planning and Conservation Officers from the ERYC and reported that the meeting had been very positive, especially considering the fact that one of the buildings was listed and that they lie within a Conservation Area.
A similar project in Louth was being investigated by Coun David Credland, and Coun Georgina Lucas had invited the town clerk from Hornsea, Colin O’Connor, to give advice on how the town council there delivered the Memorial Hall project.
Partnership Officer, Helena Moss, reported on a considerable number of potential funding avenues.
Chairman of the Working Group, Coun Mark Blakeston, said “We had a very productive meeting, and it was great to welcome both residents and reps from the DNT too. We are moving forward and hope to be able to raise funds to embark on a feasibility study in the very near future”.
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