Councillors are meeting today to try and decide how best to keep Bursledon windmill as a working mill, open to the public.
The 200 year old windmill – the only working windmill in Hampshire which mills and sells it own flour -is a popular and iconic local landmark which has drawn almost 3500 visitors since April.
Last year it had an income of just over £6,000, but despite this it still relies on £67,000 worth of subsidies provided jointly by Eastleigh and Hampshire County Council in order to meet its annual staffing bill.
With cuts to Hampshire’s Museums budget expected as a result of the governments forthcoming spending review, Bursledon Windmill Joint Management Committee will consider various staffing options including restricting opening hours, integrating staff with Eastleigh Museum staff and using volunteers.
Will the County Council keep funding to keep the sails turning?