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County’s final cattle market closed to make way for Lidl supermarket

The mart was the final of three cattle markets to close in Dorset after the North Dorset District Council sold the site to supermarket chain Lidl to attract more visitors, ‘boosting the economy and creating more jobs’.


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Shaftesbury cattle market closed to make way for Lidl supermarket

Shaftesbury Cattle Market had its final sale on Thursday (January 10) after the site was closed to make way for a budget retailer.

 

The mart was the final of three cattle markets to close in Dorset after the North Dorset District Council sold the site to supermarket chain Lidl to attract more visitors, ‘boosting the economy and creating more jobs’.

 

The High Court backed the decision in October last year after refusing permission for a Judicial Review over claims it had ‘not found an arguable case’.

 

If followed a legal campaign by campaigners to stop the sale going ahead.


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The site had operated as an agricultural market since 1955.

 

A spokesperson from the NFU south west branch said: “It is always a sad day when a cattle market closes, especially one which has a long history like Shaftesbury.

 

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“It was the last market in Dorset and most cattle will now be taken to Wiltshire (Salisbury) or Somerset (Frome) to be sold and I am sure farmers will miss the opportunity to catch up at their local market.

 

“Unfortunately we have seen many of these smaller market sites that are near town centres close in recent years, as they are often prime candidates for redevelopment, either for retail or housing.”

 

Councillor Michael Roake, Cabinet Member for Environment at North Dorset District Council, said the sale was a ‘positive result’ for Shaftesbury.

He said: “Not only will it give people a much-needed choice of supermarkets within the town instead of the need to travel to other areas, it will also provide jobs in a boost for the local economy.

 

“I would like to thank Southern Counties Auctioneers who have maintained the site for more than 60 years and have been a major contributor to the North Dorset economy.

 

“They will be moving all their livestock sales, including the Monday calf sale, to their modern facility in Salisbury.”

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