After obtaining various quotations for the scaffolding we decided to use JED scaffolding, a local company we had used previously on various projects. As promised, JED arrived on time and within a matter of weeks the scaffold was up.
The next few weeks were then spent hacking out and re-pointing the main tower. Considering its age, the stonework, other than the very top 450mm, was in very good condition. Obviously all the timber lintels had been burnt in the fire, so Oak replacements were sourced from C & G Barrett, a local sawmill. New steel beams and timber joists were craned in from above to match the position and dimensions of the long gone floors.
In July 2006 Glyn Buckle, of Buckle Chamberlain Partnership Ltd and Geof Wallis of Dorothea Restorations Ltd were commissioned to prepare the drawings and details for an application to restore & re-use the windmill as a single holiday unit, available for rent.
The details were drawn and, towards the end of September 2006, the application was submitted to Monmouthshire Planning and Conservation Officers.
Both the planning and conservation officers were extremely helpful, and in January 2007, permission had been granted, subject to various conditions.
Over the next few months Glyn worked hard and managed to get the various conditions discharged, so that, come May we were ready to erect the scaffold.