Big Mill is a big problem for community leaders in a Moorlands market town

COMMUNITY leaders are being urged to expediate the development of the site of a disused mid-19th Century mill in Leek.

The Grade-II listed Big Mill has become an eyesore after seriously deteriorating after standing empty for more than 10 years.

Planning permission was granted some time ago to convert the building into 44 apartments.

The six-storey former silk mill, which towers over Mill Street, was designed by celebrated architect William Sugden and built in 1857.

Last year the district council approved a grant of £20,000 to help the owner cover the building with heavy-duty tarpaulin sheeting in an effort to halt  its deterioration.

Police were recently called to the mill after people were reported to be on the roof but no-one was found on their arrival.