Owner forced to advertise £1.25m property on eBay

Owner forced to advertise £1.25m property on eBay



A homeowner has turned to the auction site eBay after the threat of repossession forced him to put his £1.25 million Grade II listed home up for sale. 


The property, located in Rossett, north Wales, has been listed by owner Mike Kilgannon, 68, on eBay with a ‘buy it now’ price in the hope of securing a quick sale to get his finances back on track, although no bids have been made so far.

In his attempts to avoid bailiff action, Mr Kilgannon listed the 700-year-old working mill at a rock-bottom £1.25 million. According to the Daily Mail, buying the mill is described as a ‘fantastic opportunity to own a Grade II listed working corn mill’. The publication goes on to report locals’ concerns about such a rushed sale, some of whom are even threatening to demonstrate against its sale.

The Association for the Restoration of Rossett’s Ancient Mill (ARRAM) has once before saved the mill from the threat of demolition in the 1970s. Furthermore, since Mr Kilgannon has owned the property the association has been pleased with the care he has given it. The concerns from locals and ARRAM have arisen due to fears that the property will not remain true to its original state.

The former chairman of ARRAM, Laurie Hughes, told the Daily Mail that he will campaign for the future of the property, even though Mr Kilgannon’s financial situation was out of the association’s hands. He said: “They can’t do much to the building as it’s listed but they might develop behind it, use the building as a front and go for a motel or something.

“The character of the site might be ruined, the mill might not be open to the public or may even stand empty. There would have been a motel there if it wasn’t for him.” 

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