De Otter windmill, Amsterdam refused permission to move


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The De Otter windmill in Amsterdam, a wind powered saw mill, has recently had its wind "stolen" by neighbouring blocks of flats which have been built it its way. The mill owners therefore arranged to move the mill out of Amsterdam, to an industrial heritage park in Uitgeest, 25 km North of Amsterdam, where it could continue as a working mill.

However, a decision by the Raad van State (Council of State), the country's highest administrative court, has decided that the mill must not be moved, pending a new investigation into the wind situation around the mill in its present location. Whilst it would certainly be preferable to preserve the historic mill in it's present location, a mill that is unused is likely to deteriorate rapidly - so moving the mill to where it can once again have free access to the wind it need to work seems the best solution. I sounds as if the very council which caused the apartment blocks to be erected, blocking the wind, is the one that is objecting to the plan to preserve the mill as a working mill by moving it.
Tags: [netherlands]
Item: #602, Posted: 13/2/07.


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