THE MYSTERY over a windmill’s missing sails looks to be moving closer to being solved as the council has entered discussions with its owner.
English Heritage have confirmed that the removal of the sails from the Grade-I listed Cat and Fiddle windmill was done without consent after an investigation sparked by resident Bernard Bowler.
Mr Bowler contacted the group after becoming ‘increasingly concerned’ about the state of the Erewash landmark.
A spokesman from English Heritage said: “The owner of the windmill did remove the sails without listed building consent and the conservation officer at Erewash Borough Council is talking to them to encourage them to put the sails back.
“If they refuse the council has the power to enforce them putting them back. At this stage the council is dealing with the case but we’re in close contact and will work with the conservation officer to get the best result for the building.”
Director for resources at the council Ian Sankey said: “Erewash Borough Council is working proactively with the owner of the mill and our conservation officer continues to have discussions to find a solution to this.”
The Dale Abbey mill dates to 1788 when the sails were turned by hand to ensure they would catch the wind. It is the only surviving post mill in Derbyshire and closed in 1952.
The Advertiser tried to contact the owner of the mill but at the time of going to print had not received any response.