Work set to get underway on Smithfield site


Rebecca Cole

A MULTI-MILLION pound development that will rejuvenate Oswestry’s livestock market and bring a string of fresh business to the town will start this month.
The final contracts between Oswestry Livestock Auctions (OLA) and developers Liberty Mercian have been signed and exchanged and the contractors for the redevelopment at the Smithfield site near the Mile End roundabout are awaiting orders.
Roy Jones, chairman of OLA, was delighted to announce the eagerly anticipated news.
He said: “Work will initially start on our new lorry park and quickly move on to the new offices and reception centre then the new store cattle sale ring and pennage.
“Following on thereafter will be a new calf sales building and total overhead shed coverage for our prime lambs and ewes.
“The Pedigree public house will also have a new home and will move to our present main office accommodation following substantial conversion.”
The organisation hopes work will be completed by late 2014 when Morrisons, Cineworld, Frankie and Bennys and McDonald’s will begin construction with an initial deadline of mid-Summer 2015.
Mr Jones added: “As one of the largest one-day markets in the UK and with a high volume turnover of local livestock equalling, if not surpassing, several of our competing auction marts, we will be really pushing the industry boundaries with the new scheme to provide first class facilities for our many customers and buyers.
“Both we, as auctioneers, and the farming community who support us have been looking forward to this day and we are sure the regeneration will give our customers the certainty and confidence that Oswestry Livestock Auctions will continue to be recognised as one of the premier markets in the country and a major business in Oswestry,” he added.

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