28 April 2000
Gloucester market sites earmarked
By FWi staff
POSSIBLE sites for a new livestock market for Gloucester have been short-listed by planners, local county councillors confirmed on Friday (28 April).
The existing market in St Oswalds Road is doomed to closure early next year to make way for a new leisure, housing and commercial development.
Now planners and auctioneers are in a race against time to find a new site and prepare it in time for the closure of the market in about February next year.
The possible sites which have been identified are at: Elmbridge Court, Gloucester; Drymeadow Farm, Innsworth; Highnam, and Minsterworth.
Chris Shaw, director of planning for Tewkesbury Borough Council, who is leading the hunt for a new site, said the Stroud area would also be considered.
Councillors are determined that a new site is found in time, but it must be a self-financing development which does not require council subsidies, he added.
“This would mean the market selling more than just livestock and operating for more than the current two days a week.”
One possibility, said Mr Shaw, would be a regular farmers market where growers would sell their produce direct to the public.
Henry Boughton, vice chairman of the Gloucestershire National Farmers Union, said progress was being made and sites had been identified.
“We hope we shall get more than a livestock market – somewhere which will provide a centre of excellence for farming in this area.”