THE Flax Mill Maltings has been named as one the top 10 most significant at-risk industrial heritage sites in the country.

English Heritage has released its annual Heritage At Risk register, which included the Flax Mill in Ditherington for the fourth year running.

The renewed focus has come a month before a multi-million pound bid for Heritage Lottery Fund money is made to redevelop the site.

A spokesperson for English Hertiage said: “This year we are focussing on industrial heritage, so we have given a top 10 of significant industrial hertiage sites on the register. Ditherington is one of the 10 most significant in the country.”

This year has seen a swell of interest in the site from local people, and plans to redevelop it as a multi-purpose complex.

However, a £12.7m Lottery bid submitted in April was not successful.

Ditherington Cllr Alan Mosley said: “A large number of people are very concerned about it. There is enormous support now. Last April we very, very narrowly missed out and we’re working on a revised application at the end of November.”

He said the bid was the work of Shropshire Council, local group Friends of the Flax Mill Maltings, the Homes and Communities Agency and English Heritage themselves.

“We’re confident with the public support the revised bid will be successful

“The building is a massive part of the history of Shrewsbury, right up until it closed in 1987, and the heritage must be preserved for the short and long term future.

“Its position on the at-risk list is right up there and this shows just how important it is,” he said,

“This is the first building of its kind in the world and played a massive part in the Shrewsbury economy and the lives of thousands of local people over the years.”

Other at-risk industrial sites on the list include Stoke-on-Trent’s Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, Liverpool’s Stanley Dock and Battersea Power Station in London.