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End of an era

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A further sign that our village is moving even further away from its agricultural roots. It is sad to see that a long-standing agricultural business has, so far, been unsuccessful in finding a new home.

Here is the press release from Wright Marshall.

CHELFORD MARKET TO CLOSE AT END OF MARCH

The Directors of Wright Marshall are disappointed to confirm that Chelford Market will hold it's last sale on 30th March. The Landlords at Chelford have entered into a conditional contract to sell the site to a development company.
Business will therefore cease at one of Britain's best-known and most diverse Auction Centres, with the loss of a number of jobs, and with an expected significant impact upon the rural economy regionally.

It is understood that the purchasers require vacant possession of the site prior to submitting a detailed planning application for housing, presumably to remove any concerns held by planning officers and councillors in appearing to be complicit in closing down the auction business at Chelford.
An extension to the current lease has been granted only until the end of April.

This is a bitter disappointment to the Directors of Wright Marshall, who have been striving for many years to provide a suitable site for relocation. A planning consent for a new market upon a site at Middlewich was obtained in March 2014, in conjunction with developers Pochin, but planners deleted sufficient of the original application to render the permission granted unviable. Subsequent attempts to renegotiate terms upon that site have come to nothing, nor have the firm been successful in applications for grant funding from a number of sources.
Good progress has been made on other options recently, and the firm had been attempting to negotiate a longer extension to the lease at Chelford to enable completion of a deal to move the business to a new site to coincide with moving out of Chelford.

Wright Marshall, however, remain committed to providing an Auction sales service to the Agricultural and Rural community, and are continuing with negotiations over a possible new site.
In the short term, the existing Chelford business will be relocated to the firm's other Auction Centre at Beeston Castle, where plans are currently being put into place to accommodate the diverse range of sales currently operated.

A revised sales programme at Beeston from April, offering the best possible range of sale options for all Wright Marshall's many clients, is attached.

The Directors
Wright Marshall Ltd

For further information, please contact
Gwyn Williams on 07785 350588
Nigel Eckersley 07802 362064

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