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Probe after Amman Valley water mill demolished

The Pontamman Water Mill circa 1910
Parish records show the mill was in existence in 1829 but it is thought to be much older than that. Photo courtesy of Terry Norman

An investigation is under way after a listed water mill probably dating back more than 200 years was knocked down.

Carmarthenshire council said it was looking to take action after the Pontamman Water Mill was demolished and surrounding land cleared.

It said planning consent to remove the derelict building in the Amman Valley was refused last year.

The mill, once used to make flour, had been declared of "special interest despite advanced state of dereliction".

Terry Norman of the Ammanford Archaeology and History Society said the exact age of the mill was not known but parish records showed it was in existence in 1829.

The matter has been passed onto our enforcement section who are now considering the options available to address the situation
Carmarthenshire council

He said it was likely to be much older than that.

Mr Norman said it remained in operation up to the first half of the 20th Century until, for some unknown reason, the water supply dried up.

The last survey of the mill by Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Assembly Government, was carried out in 1993.

It stated that it was "of special interest despite advanced state of dereliction."

A spokesman for Carmarthenshire council said: "The mill building has recently been demolished and the surrounding land cleared.

"There is no pending application or permission for any development.

"The matter has been passed onto our enforcement section who are now considering the options available to address the situation, including instigating prosecution proceedings against the owner."

Carmarthenshire council would not release details of the owners, and it has not been possible to contact the owners for comment.



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