The last livestock market in Lincolnshire was under threat of closure but will now be refurbished instead
Louth auction mart was hoping the campaign to save it from closure could provide a boost for the future after the local council voted unanimously to refurbish the market.
Masons Chartered Surveyors and Willsons Chartered Surveyors, who operate the livestock market in the town as a partnership, Louth Market Auctioneers, had been served formal notice to end their occupancy at the market at the end of the year.
But on October 11, East Lindsey District Council voted to withdraw from the sale of the site and refurbish it instead.
Auctioneer Russell Jeans said there had been a black cloud hanging over the marts future for years, but he was hoping there could now be a positive impact.
“There are already vendors coming back to Louth, the whole process has brought us to the forefront,” he said.
“We have had new purchasers turning up, had people bringing cattle.
“People are now saying it is time to get behind the market and make it more sustainable.”
Mr Jeans said having a market in the town was vital, as the last market in Lincolnshire, with good throughputs and demand as well as a long history.
He added farms seemed to becoming more insular, with less labour requirements, which meant markets were more important than ever.
“It is good to get off the farm, there is the social aspect. Lincolnshire Rural Support come to the mart to help farmers with stressful situations,” he said.
The team will now be working with the council to make more use of the site on a regular basis and create a community hub.
He also thanked the community and said the amount of support the market had received had been ‘eye opening’.
East Lindsey District Council said: “Over the coming months we will be working up our plans for refurbishment in discussion with the Louth Market Auctioneers.
“We will also be looking to discuss use of the facility and the wider site with the Auctioneers to understand what opportunities there are to put the site to use on a more regular basis for the benefit of Louth and the wider district.”