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Rival bids to set up livestock market in Malton
10:45am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
TWO bids have been made by rival groups to set up a new livestock market in Malton.
The Fitzwilliam Malton Estate is planning to turn the current market into shops, car parking and a new public square, and has received bids to build a replacement from Malton and Ryedale Farmers’ Livestock Market Company and a group headed by farmer John Hicks, both of which are now being studied by consultants.
Haulier Pat Foxton, who is leading the Market Company bid, said the existing market should remain open until a new one is completed, saying it is worth about £14 million to the Malton and Norton economies and trade could be lost to other towns if the existing lease is not extended beyond its October expiry date. He said the company wanted to build a replacement costing an estimated £2.5 million near the A64 and A169 at Eden Farm as part of an industrial park.
Mr Hicks said his group’s bid was for a new market in Pickering Road, for which a site was available and no industrial use required. The Fitzwilliam estate has said it is keen for the existing market to continue operating until a solution for its future is found, with a decision on which bid is deemed most likely to succeed possibly being announced today.
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