Clearing of Abergavenny livestock market site begins

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CLEARING work has started at the old Livestock Market in Abergavenny in preparation to build an £11 million superstore.

Preliminary work has begun to clear the site which will become a 25,000 sq ft Morrisons supermarket including a cafe, 289 parking spaces and a library.

The stonework from the slaughterhouse buildings will be incorporated into the store and boundary wall on Park Road.

Morrisons will spend £350,000 on improvements, £300,000 of which will be spent on Lion Street as part of the planning consent agreement with Monmouthshire council, landscaping, and creating additional bus services in the evening and at weekends.

The cash could also be spent on new street furniture, environmental improvements to Bailey Park and £10,000 towards public artwork in Lion Street.

Other work includes improvements to the junctions of Park Road and linking the town centre from the Brewery Yard to Fairfield car park.

The company hasn’t released a date for the opening of the store which proposes to create 280 new jobs.

The 150-year-old livestock market was relocated to a new £5 million site at Bryngwyn, near Raglan, which opened in December of last year.

The Keep Abergavenny Livestock Market (KALM) group who campaigned against the plans to move the market took the case to the High Court but Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, ruled in 2012, that Monmouthshire County Council had taken into consideration environmental, socio-economic and conservation issues on reaching its decision.

Barry Greenwood, who was a member of KALM, said: “We were expecting this a long time ago, I don’t quite understand why it has been delayed.

“There were lots of rumours flying around that Morrisons weren’t coming because the company were in trouble.

“As far as KALM are concerned we lost the battle a year ago.

“We didn’t appeal the legal decision.

He added: “As I understand it there have been problems with the new site in Raglan with farmers complaining that there aren’t enough car parking spaces.

“This was one of the reasons the council gave for the livestock market having to go.”

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6:15pm Tue 18 Mar 14

stevey says...

RIP Abergavenny. 2 years after it opens and there will be hardly a shop open.
RIP Abergavenny. 2 years after it opens and there will be hardly a shop open. stevey
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11:23am Wed 19 Mar 14

Dwainneilleay says...

Nonsense!!! I am for one glad it is coming it is only the oldies of the town who say bla bla bla about is destroying the town. Well i am happy it shall save me time money traveling to the heads of the valleys every time you need a decent shop and for the general full time working parent of a family regardless if it sounds selfish it shall make a difference for me and that's all that matters. If anything it may bring people to the town and may be good for certain businesses .
Nonsense!!! I am for one glad it is coming it is only the oldies of the town who say bla bla bla about is destroying the town. Well i am happy it shall save me time money traveling to the heads of the valleys every time you need a decent shop and for the general full time working parent of a family regardless if it sounds selfish it shall make a difference for me and that's all that matters. If anything it may bring people to the town and may be good for certain businesses . Dwainneilleay
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11:27am Wed 19 Mar 14

Dwainneilleay says...

stevey wrote:
RIP Abergavenny. 2 years after it opens and there will be hardly a shop open.
Oh no it is the end of the world!!! God help me a SUPERSTORE is coming to town......All i can say thank god and bring in on. Cant wait for a decent supermarket at last!!!!! Waitrose is way to expensive personally for me so shall not even go there
[quote][p][bold]stevey[/bold] wrote: RIP Abergavenny. 2 years after it opens and there will be hardly a shop open.[/p][/quote]Oh no it is the end of the world!!! God help me a SUPERSTORE is coming to town......All i can say thank god and bring in on. Cant wait for a decent supermarket at last!!!!! Waitrose is way to expensive personally for me so shall not even go there Dwainneilleay
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