Council leaders could seek to take a bill through Parliament so the city council is no longer obliged to provide a livestock market within Norwich’s boundary.

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An Act of Parliament dating back to 1984 means Norwich City Council has to provide a site for such a market and it currently meets on land at Hall Road.

That land is part of 19 acres which entrepreneur Graham Dacre bought in 2010, but which he leases back to the council for use by the livestock market.

But the city council says it can save £32,000 if it did not have to provide a site for the livestock market and in its budget for the next year, are proposing setting aside £42,000 to use to remove the act which obligates it to provide it.

Alan Waters, deputy leader of Norwich City Council, said: “For some time we have been looking at ways to extinguish the Act of Parliament which means we have to provide a livestock market.

“The world has moved on since that act and it doesn’t make sense for that market to still have to be provided within the city’s boundaries. What we are keen to do is have some sort of food hub off the southern bypass. I think that would be much more relevant.”

Last year, it emerged Norwich Livestock Market could move to Easton under plans for thousands of homes and new employment opportunities to the south and west of the city.

A 40 hectare site to the west of Easton has been earmarked in South Norfolk site allocations plan for a Norfolk food and farming hub to also include the potential relocation of the livestock market.

Mr Waters said: “What are are exploring is spending some money to get legal advice on how we can remove our obligation. If we are able to release that obligation there will be some finanical benefits.

“We may spend up to £10,000 to explore it and we may well have to put it through Parliament, seeking a private bill to extinguish it.

“The £42,000 is what it could cost us to go through that whole process.”

But David Ball, operations manager for the livestock market, said he had heard nothing about the council’s plan.

He said: ““Our understanding is that they have a 99 year lease on the existing site, so I don’t really see how they can walk away from that.

“From the point of view of auctioneers and farmers, we would be very disappointed they are trying to get out of theis obligation.

“On a Saturday we have about 250 people at the market. It’s a social meeting point for the agricultural industry and that’s really important.”

The city council’s budget, which includes £2.5m worth of savings, is due to be discussed at a meeting of the controlling Labour cabinet tonight. A final decision on it will rest with the full city council, which meets next Tuesday.

The budget also includes proposals to increase the city council’s share of the council tax by 1.95pc. That would mean, from April, somebody living in a Band D property in the city would have to pay £230.27 into City Hall’s coffers, an increase of £4.40 on the current level.

That comes on top of the £3.84 extra which people will have to pay to Norfolk police, after the new police and crime commissioner decided to increase the share which goes to the force by 1.965pc.

Norfolk County Council has announced there will be no increase in its share of the tax, which is due to be ratified when the county council agrees its budget on Monday.

6 comments

  • A meat market is no longer required as people will be turning away from meat in their droves after the latest scandal, so why not build on there?

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Daisy, people are definitely turning away from meat and you can hardly blame them can you? The industry has been rife with disease for decades now and due to intensive farming methods it tastes of absolutely nothing other than the sauce or gravy that is put upon it. That without going into the growth hormones and antibiotics that find their way into the produce. Take a good long look around the big supermarkets and you will find that slowly the trend is moving towards vegetarian food. At long last some of the general public are waking up.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • So who is the developer Norwich CC have got in mind then, and who has the vested interests ?. Who received the "brown envelopes" ?.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Norwich council stole the beautiful historic stock market site from the Castle Bailey, ruined the area completely despoiling it by allowing the developers of the now superseded Castle Mall to erect the most vile buildings, pull down those associated with the old streets and create a park area so bland it could be on a roundabout in Slough. Now they want to cut all ties with the past, all ties with the agriculture of the county of Norfolk and renege on promises to provide a cattle market . Norwich councillors never did care properly for their city but in this affair the hand of Dacre seems to strike again. How did he come to buy part of the site that the cattle market occupies? Did he buy it from the council, why did they not compulsory purchase it if they knew they had to provide a cattle market? Too cosy with Dacre they are.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I can't see what Norwich City Council's "beef" is against having the market. I suppose it may be that, not content with razing large parts of the City's historical buildings to the ground over the years and otherwise wrecking "A Fine City", they now wish to chip away a bit more at the City's institutions. I confess that it is beyond me to fathom what goes through their heads as they plot their vandalism.

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    T Doff

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • No one should be turning away from meat. They should be turning away from processed foods and buying British meat with confidence. If they use their local butcher and see the quality of the meat and the paperwork he has to have they can have every confidence, whether it is minced meat or joints or whatever. Even in supermarkets shoppers should be confident that their braising steak was mooing not long ago as long as they buy British. I don't know what John has got against Norfolk farmers but his sort of comment does not help, and it certainly does not help that the EDP has failed to carry articles pointing out the traceability and quality of meat sold in butcher shops. Look East carried a very fair news item-but not the EDP reporters, they are bunny huggers more interested in slagging farmers off.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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