Fulwell Windmill, on Newcastle Road, has remained closed since the iconic structure was battered by severe weather conditions in 2012.
Following some lengthy discussions, it seems repairs to the historic building could finally begin.
Sunderland City Council have been working with community partners on reopening the site as a heritage-led cultural attraction.
Sunderland North Community Business Centre (SNCBC) has been invited to operate the venue as a heritage/visitor centre while the long term refurbishment funding process continues, and hopefully returning the iconic windmill back to it’s former glory.
Fulwell Windmill is hailed as a nationally important example of such a building, with the team tasked with coming up with new designs for improvements calling it a “cherished community asset and iconic landmark”.
The six-storey structure, opened it’s doors in 1806, but fell into disrepair on health and safety grounds, with the sails and cap removed in preparation for refurbishment.
Reports are now coming in that the sad windmill, which heads Newcastle Road on route towards the glorious beach of Seaburn, could soon set sail again.
Under new proposals the sails and cap are within a £150,000 scheme, with Sunderland City Council applying to it’s own planning department to install the features once again.
These integral features include a new cap, sails, fantail and petticoat to the mill.
Councillor John Kelly said:
“These next steps include issuing the tender for the specialised and bespoke works that are needed for this important and much-loved landmark.”
It is hoped that repairs to the windshaft, sail cross, brake wheel and tired winding gearing will also be carried out.
Beaumont Brown Architects, which was commissioned by the council to draw up plans as part of a listed building consent and planning permission consent, states:
“As the most mechanically and structurally complete windmill in the North East, Fulwell Windmill is a regionally and nationally significant example as well as an important community asset and a much-loved local landmark.
“It has the potential to become a fantastic, authentic working windmill, standing on a well-winded and visually prominent site by a main road.”