New life for Old Mill at Cloughmills

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NEW life is to be breathed into one of Cloughmill’s most historic sites.

The Old Mill was purchased by Ballymoney Borough Council who commissioned a feasibility study towards the end of last year to look at the potential for restoration and the possible development of the site.

The study, funded by EURural Development Programme, was led by a team of officers from the council and representatives from the Cloughmills Action Team.

The former Cornmill which later moved to flax production which probably gave the village its name, is 300 years old and in poor stage of repair.

The site was purchased by the council in 1989 and over the years a number of projects were considered.

The ongoing success of the Cloughmills Action Team and their plans for a bio diversity Riverside Park has brought renewed focus on the Old Mill Site and how it could cojmplement the Team’s activities and further regenerate the village.

Following consideration of a range of options put forward by the council and the Cloughmills Action Team, the council have now decided to proceed with the restoration of buildings on the site now that a study has been completed and a preferred option agreed.

It was agreed that the projec would be taken forward by Borough Services Directorate in association with Cloughmills Community Action Team.

Councillor John Finlay expressed satisfaction that work had commenced on development in Cloughmills village.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the Cloughmills Community Association had withdrawn its interest in the village Police Station as the funding bid to the Social Investment Fund had not progressed to the stage 2 assessment.

It was, however, hoped that the proposed initiatives could be accommodated in the new development proposals.