New group to the rescue of Brixton windmill
From their press release of 6/5/03:
A group of local residents has been formed to help renovate the delapidated
Brixton windmill, off Brixton Hill, and its surrounding park. "The Friends
of Windmill Park" was formed at a packed meeting in St.Saviour's Church
hall on Tuesday [29.4.03] attended by local councillors, Lambeth Council
officers and members of community and residents' associations. The
group pledges to work with Lambeth Council, charities and heritage
organisations to create new community facilities in the park and restore
the fabric of the windmill itself.
Said local resident Steve Double, who was elected chair of the new group at
the meeting, "We are determined to put the windmill and the park back to
rights. For too long the park itself and the windmill have been allowed to
go to rack and ruin. It is a wonderful place, full of interest for local people,
schools and even tourists, and we want to turn it into a place worth
visiting again, a real Brixton landmark."
The group was formed after Lambeth financed a study by consultants Planet
Earth to look at how to improve the park and the windmill, and to consult
local people on their views. After a series of events consulting the local
community last summer, Planet Earth produced a large report suggesting
a community centre, cafe, sports facilities and an outdoor performance
space as well as the eventual restoration of the windmill to full working
condition. This would make it the only functioning windmill in London.
The windmill was built in 1816 and is a Grade 2* listed building. Although
Lambeth Council has responsibility for maintaining it, it has not been able
to find enough money to keep it in good repair due to the Council's difficult
"The play facilities are very run down, and the old hut where park-keepers
used to work has been burned down. Trees are growing out of the windmill
and birds have nested inside it," says Double. "We want to turn it into
an attraction again and with strong local involvement and the help of
some larger funding bodies we know we can do it."
"The Friends of Windmill Park" is open to all and its next meeting will be at
St.Saviour's Church hall, 24 Blenheim Gardens on Tuesday 20th May at 7pm.
See also:Progress report from Brixton windmill