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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. &quot;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. <i>Source: FWi</i>

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