Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have given the new board at Whitchurch Silk Mill the thumbs up by releasing the annual grant that had been withheld from the previous board. Payment of the grant for 2012/13 was received today.
The previous trustees at the Mill had declined to fulfill the requirements for grants described in the Council’s standard Service Level Agreement. This includes things like having health and safety and equal opportunities policies and reporting on visitor numbers and customer satisfaction. The previous chairman is on record as saying he would rather close the Mill than comply with the grant requirements.
The new trustees have satisfied the council that they will meet all the conditions.
Mill chairman, Councillor Keith Watts, says:
“We are delighted that Basingstoke and Deane have given us this clear indication of their support for the new board. We have worked hard with them to demonstrate our robust commitment to the future of the Mill and our capacity for governing it effectively in the future.”
The new board is grateful for the support of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and keen to continue partnership with them and with Hampshire County Council. Payment of HCC grant money is just waiting for formalisation of the change to the Mill constitution allowing Hampshire to nominate a representative on the board, although Councillor Tom Thacker is member in his own right in the interim.
Mill manager, Sue Tapliss, says:
“This is great news. The conditions of the councils really just describe the things that I would expect to see in any well run business, especially one that is open to the public, and the rest of the team can see this as a confident endorsement of all their efforts over the last few months. We can return to planning the future of the Mill with renewed enthusiasm”