Delay for Cattle Market development

Work on a multi-million pound shopping complex in Suffolk is already six months behind schedule - just one month after the project began.The Cattle Market Development, in Bury St Edmunds, which is to include shopping and leisure facilities as well as housing, was supposed to be ready for September 2008.

Work on a shopping complex in Suffolk is already six months behind schedule - just one month after the project began.

The Cattle Market Development, in Bury St Edmunds, which is to include shopping and leisure facilities as well as housing, was supposed to be ready for September 2008.

But developer Centros Miller has been forced to put the completion date back to as late as Easter 2009 following a delay in finding a contractor to carry out the work.

Spokesman Steve Bryson said: "There was a prolonged length of time in terms of selecting the right contractors.

"But the shops involved only really like to open at two times a year - early

autumn and early spring - and we just got too close to comfort to that first deadline, so we thought the best thing to do was push it back until spring 2009."

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