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Farmers lead a campaign to bring market back home

by 5m Editor
6 June 2006, at 12:00am

UK - Livestock producers in the central Midlands can look forward to two new markets if current proposals for Northampton and Rugby succeed. Northampton market currently operates at Thrapston market, but a number of farmers have expressed a wish to see it return to a site nearer its home town. A farmer consortium headed by Richard Sawbridge, a local producer from north Buckinghamshire, is hopeful of raising the £2.5m needed to purchase the freehold of a site of about 4ha (10 acres) next to the former Northampton market at Brackmills. Mr Sawbridge plans to meet officials next week to finalise details before formal proposals are submitted. "Our feasibility study fully supports this as a business plan and as soon as the planning application is approved I will begin raising the money. Owning the freehold guarantees our future security. Source: FWi

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