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Council gets green light to proceed with £5.5m re-development of livestock market in Melton Mowbray

Published Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

The Council received confirmation from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) that Central Government has approved the £3.5 million Local Growth Fund Grant.

This news arrived just in time to enable Members at the appropriate Committee meeting on 17th March 2016 to instruct officers to issue the main build contract with Construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall.

The project has planning consent (subject to planning conditions that need to be discharged), the intended timetable will see the contractors move in on site in May this year for mobilisation works , with demolition commencing in June. The project has a 40 week build period and the Livestock Market will remain open throughout the construction period.

Cllr Joe Orson Chairman of the Rural, Economic & Environmental Affairs Committee said:  “This project is the culmination of over ten years of planning. The existing facilities, especially those for auctioning cattle, are in a poor condition and no longer fit for purpose. We are delighted that Central Government has shown its support for the rural economy. Replacement pens are required to ensure that the Melton Livestock Market remains safe, competitive and continues to provide a facility that will draw people to Melton Mowbray and add to the local economy for the next twenty years. I am delighted with the news, all the stakeholders involved in this project have been working closely together to get to this point. We know that this is an operational site on the edge of town, with old buildings that will always pose potential risks. However, the project team have managed to identify and where possible mitigate these risks and we are now looking forward to getting the building work started."

Hugh Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Melton Mowbray Market said: “We are delighted that the grant has been confirmed and construction can get under way.  The new facilities will greatly enhance the market for customers, enable industry leading welfare standards and attract more visitors to the town.  We will be working closely with all parties to minimise any disruption throughout the construction phase and look forward to a grand opening in 2017."

Morgan Sindall was awarded this project through the East Midlands Property Alliance (EMPA) framework and is due to start work on the livestock market in May2016.