Fears That Farmers Will Have No Market
Farmers in northern Monmouthshire could find themselves without a livestock market later this year. The mart in Abergavenny is due to close in September to enable a major redevelopment that will include a supermarket, library, cinema and new homes.
But plans to develop a replacement mart at Raglan have been put on hold after the historic buildings agency Cadw said it could affect archeological interests connected with Raglan Castle, and the Environment Agency Wales raised drainage issues.
Phil Hobson, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Monmouthshire County Council said the delay was a blow to the confidence of the farmers and the agricultural industry in the county.
'There is now no realistic possibly of the planned seamless transfer from old market to new in September,' said Mr Hobson.
'There is a potential that the old market will close without the new one ready to do business.
'The council must now make every effort to restore confidence in the project with farmers in Monmouthshire. Many of us wanted to see a new replacement cattle market become a state-of-the-art regional centre. We have seen markets close at Monmouth and now at Newport and further a field. …