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East Anglia: Norwich Livestock Market parking row intensifies

14:00 27 July 2014

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The war of words intensified this week between the directors of Norwich Livestock Market and site owner Graham Dacre.

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And farmers, supported by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), have rallied behind the market in Hall Road describing any threat to its future as “appalling”.

Their angry reaction has been sparked by stringent parking restrictions imposed by the Norwich entrepreneur last Saturday on the market access road; he had earlier withdrawn an agreement that gave the market an extra parking area.

Mr Dacre candidly acknowledged that following his action in withdrawing the extra parking, “operating a market within the limitations of a 3.28 acre site will prove a challenge”.

“It is unlikely to be sufficient other in the short term,” he admitted.

He also said the only circumstances in which he would offer them extra parking again would be if the agreement was linked to the market vacating the site within a defined time frame.

The city council last week made it clear that it believed it was fulfilling its charter obligation to provide a market by leasing the present site.

And Mr Dacre said: “Common sense would be to give up asking the council to cough up £3.5m of taxpayers’ money to provide a new market.

“The current premises are past their sell by date and I don’t think there is anyone who wouldn’t be pleased to see the market relocate onto a new, bigger and better located site.

“If NLM had to buy industrial land and cover the normal costs associated with commercial development, it would not make for a viable business. The situation requires a number of wealthy farmers to philanthropically invest in the infrastructure of a new market.”

Market director Mike Beckett said last Saturday’s market had gone off successfully and the only disruption came when farmers wanted to leave the market and visit the businesses behind it.

He said: “They were confronted by a mobile barrier put in place by Norwich Traffic Control whose personnel were stopping everyone.”

Mr Beckett said Mr Dacre had to take on board the fact he had bought a site with sitting tenants.

“Farmers are a very determined group of people and they are going to fight as far as they can to keep the market open,” he said.

Ken Proctor, a leading dairy farmer at Shipdham, near Dereham, described the threat to the market as “appalling”.

He said: “The market has done a great job. It is a great way for farmers to trade their wares and there are also welfare issues in keeping the market local.”

Alex Dinsdale, NFU advisor for Norfolk, said: “We are right behind Norwich Livestock Market and really value it as an important way to help our members’ businesses to trade.”

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  • Mr. Dacre is variously described as a "millionaire Christian philanthropist". Not if you happen to be an East Anglian farmer, he ain't. As I understand it, the site was in the ownership of Norwich City Council, who sold it to the Rachmanite and bullying Dacre whilst giving the market a 99 year lease. If I'm correct, then, as usual, the root cause of the problem is the Council.

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