UA get go ahead for Stirling Mart

The news this week that the Elphinstone Group has been given the green light by Stirling council to build a new market at Hill of Drip, Stirling must be welcomed as a victory for common sense.

The mart, which will be operated by United Auctions, is badly needed as a replacement for the current UA premises at Kildean, Stirling. The Kildean site, which draws stock and buyers from all of Scotland, is in need of major works to make it serviceable and comply with a raft of environmental legislation, something which would be wholly uneconomic.

However, there are those in the local community who objected to this development on a number of spurious grounds. Thankfully, after minor revision the council has granted permission for this development which will be of great service to the local farming industry.

The only question mark now is what will happen to UA’s Perth mart. The Stirling premises is due to become UA’s headquarters, leaving further doubts hovering over the future Perth, for so many years home of the world famous bull sales. So could Perth bulls sales become Stirling bull sales? Possibly, but there’s also the possibility of them moving, as rumoured several years ago, to the Highland Showground at Ingliston.

Either way, the main thing is that Stirling will get its new mart and loyal UA customers will still have the option to sell wi them in the heartland of Scotland.

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