Hereford & Worcester

Hereford livestock market move a 'success'

The new market
Image caption The first sale at the new site opened on 22 June

Hereford's new livestock market has been a success, the council has said.

After more than 150 years at Edgar Street, the market moved in June to make way for a £1bn redevelopment of the city centre.

In the first six months of operating at Stretton Sugwas, trading has increased by more than 25% each month, Herefordshire Council said.

Between June and November more than 136,000 animals were sold, compared with 115,000 in the whole of 2010.

Operator Hereford Market Auctioneers also reported an increase in its turnover since moving to the site.

Councillor Adrian Blackshaw said: "The market plays a hugely significant role in the economy of the county and the figures are a massive confirmation that it was right to provide farmers with modern facilities on a site outside the city centre."

Multi-screen cinema

The first sale at the £7m Stretton Sugwas market, on the outskirts of Hereford, took place on 22 June.

Demolition is due to start at the former Edgar Street site in January.

Councillors approved regeneration plans for the area in October.

Opponents to the scheme have criticised a lack of integration with the historic core of the city.

The plans include a new shopping centre, multi-screen cinema, restaurants, housing and road infrastructure.

The developers Hereford Futures Limited said the first shops would open by Christmas 2013.

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