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Apr-26-2017 @ 7:29 PM                           Permalink
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Asked by a member who wishes to be anonymous :-

Clayrack Drainage Mill at How Hill - some years
ago, under the auspices of one of your apprentice
millwright schemes, the bulk of the pump was
removed for restoration and /or renewal. In its
place we now have ugly metal crowd barriers. Can we
have an update as this unique wind pump as
returning it would be a wonderful addition to the
landscape of the Ant. If it is unlikely to happen,
can we just remove the barriers and demolish whats

Apr-26-2017 @ 8:11 PM                           Permalink
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Dear Richard,

Please pass the following answer on ...

Clayrack Mill is owned by the Norfolk Mills and Pumps Trust . As you rightly point out they undertook work to the Mill a few years ago and there were very good intentions to complete the restoration. Sadly the Trust ran out of money and were unable to complete the works they had hoped. We would love to see all of the Mills on the Broads fully restored and  you may be aware we are preparing our second stage bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Landscape Partnership Bid – Water, Mills and Marshes – for submission in a few weeks time. We will hear if we are successful in November. The main thrust of the bid is to restore the Halvergate Drainage Mills over the next 5 years. Sadly the area size or the Landscape Partnership Scheme is set at a maximum by the HLF and it only goes as far north as Thurne Mouth. Clayrack falls outside. What we hope to do at the end of the LPS scheme is to use the skills and techniques learned from it to make a further bid for the remaining Mills. The barriers are in place as a health and safety measure to stop people using the footpath inadvertently getting to close to a partly restored mill. We could talk to the Mills and Pumps Trust to see if there is another way of doing this.



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