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Decision expected on Malton’s livestock market
A FINAL decision on the future operator of Malton’s livestock market is expected to be made this week.
Bids were submitted to the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate, which owns the site, by Malton and Ryedale Farmers Market and Malton and District Farmers Mart LLP by the deadline on Friday.
These have been passed to Andersons farm business consultants for their recommendation to the board of the Estate Company.
The Estate announced last month that it was inviting groups vying to be accepted as future operators of the livestock market to finalise their proposals as the basis for selection.
Interested parties were given until August 16 by which to submit their best bids and to prove to the Estate and independent advisers that they will be capable of carrying on the business after October, when the existing lease expires.
The Estate is offering the chosen operator a new lease, rent free, subject to satisfaction that adequate finance will be available for the market’s relocation to a new site. The rent-free occupation will be on three months’ notice until the Estate clears all the conditions required to convert its outline planning consent to a full detailed consent for the retail development on the market site.
Roddy Bushell, manager for the Estate, said: “Anderson’s terms of reference are to assess each party’s proposals and advise which bids are likely to be viable and which is most likely to be successful in relocating the market and making a success of the market on the new site.
“The expectation is that this decision will be announced on August 23.”
Derek Watson, a director of Malton and Ryedale Farmers’ Market, said they hoped their bid would be successful as they had the backing of the farmers and the track record of running the market.
“It will be quite a blow to Malton if it is given to anyone else as we have a loyal following and more than 95 per cent of our current users are donating towards helping to keep the market going,” he said.
“The market brings a lot of business to the town and it would be a shame if another operator was to succeed.”
Mr Watson said the company also had an agreement in place with the Fitzwilliam Trust Corporation to donate to them an area of land near Eden Camp and a substantial sum of money towards building a new market.
John Hicks, on behalf of Malton and District Farmers Mart LLP, said a site was being made available to the group at the side of Pickering Road.
“Our group has put in a detailed bid to the Estate to continue to operate the present market and would like the opportunity to move ahead with a new market,” he said.
“Unlike the Malton and Ryedale Farmers’ Market plan, it will not have evasive industrial buildings being built nearby.”
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