Mill of Benholm has been temporary closed, with an emergency general meeting being called for Tuesday, May 27, at the Johnshaven Village Hall.
A decision was taken by to ‘temporarily suspend operations’ in the kitchen and tea rooms but, after more discussion, that also now includes all trainee activities.
Originally, the closure of the Miller’s Byre Tearoom on March 31 was solely for refurbishment.
A statement from Mill of Benholm read: “Over the last few weeks, various audits were carried out on site to help guide proposed improvements to facilities to support trainees, staff and visiting members of the public.
“As a result of this work, a number of health and safety issues were identified around the Mill site and in the tearoom and kitchen.
“These concerns were raised with the site owner, Aberdeenshire Council, who is responsible for maintaining the site (buildings and grounds).
“Aberdeenshire Council initially decided to temporarily suspend operations in the kitchen and tearoom, and requested that we close the tearoom and reallocate trainees as best as possible to other activities on site.
“Last week, following further discussions regarding the nature of the health and safety issues identified on site, thecouncil decided, with the agreement of the Board of Trustees, to temporarily suspend all trainee activities on site until a decision can be made by senior officials in Aberdeenshire Council as to how they will resolve the various concerns raised.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that we can obtain the support required from Aberdeenshire Council to resolve the various issues around the site and make it safe for all and suitable to re-open to our trainees and visitors alike.”
n Read more in Johnshaven Jottings - page 16.