Support for Cowbridge market refurbishment

FUW SUPPORT: Glyn Roberts views the livestock market refurbishment plans with local farmers.

FUW SUPPORT: Glyn Roberts views the livestock market refurbishment plans with local farmers.

FUW president Glyn Roberts recently joined Vale Market Community Enterprise Group (VMCE) members at Cowbridge Livestock Mart to inspect plans for the market’s refurbishment and development of the surrounding area. Mr Roberts discussed the proposed plans with VMCE and fellow FUW members, local farmers and the market’s auctioneers. The union has long been in support of the mart, recognising that its closure would remove a vital lifeline from the town and force farmers to travel far greater distances to sell their stock. In 2013 the union contributed to a feasibility study in a bid to convince the Vale Council that it was profitable and vital to keep the mart open. Mr Roberts said: “Refurbishing this livestock market is a very exciting prospect. “It’s not just an important vehicle to establish the SQQ (Standard Quality Quotation) of lambs to calculate dead weight price but the integration of local people who want to sustain the old tradition of a livestock market here in Glamorgan is well worth supporting. “I am very pleased to see that agricultural industry and the local community want to market their products and work together for the good of the community.” VMCE unveiled their proposals in the summer in a bid to encourage public support for the renovation plans by purchasing Community Bonds. All funds raised by the Community Bonds will be used directly towards building the market hall known as The Exchange (www.theexchangecowbridge. uk) which will be used for a wide variety of purposes including a café and community shops. Following overwhelming interest in the Community Bonds during and after the Vale Show, the VMCE expressed delight that only a limited number remain available for buy. Other fund raising opportunities will be announced in due course. FUW Glamorgan county executive officer Rachel Saunders said: “The proposed scheme will produce many benefits to the market site as a whole, including the addition of much needed car parking facilities within the town centre.” While the VMCE continue to negotiate with the Vale Council about a definite start date for the proposed works its members hope the work can start on the site by 2017. If any member of the public is interested in participating in the Community Bond scheme or wish to be registered on the database to receive updates, please contact Mandy Davies 01656 674001 email: mandydavies99@ gmail.uk website www.theexchangecowbridge. uk

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