This is my personal take on the Cattle Market situation (please watch the video below).
As you may or may not be aware, the Shaftesbury Cattle Market land is in the process of being sold to a supermarket chain.
This is an emotive subject for people, with some in support of the sale and some against the sale and the town council has been asked to take some form of action.
So meeting has been called by the Shaftesbury Town Council for 7pm on Monday the 11th June 2018 in the town hall to discuss this situation.
But I do have to point out that, as far as I know, this site is not, nor has it ever ever has been, owned by Shaftesbury Town Council. Ownership of the cattle market site lies with the North Dorset District Council and it has done since, I believe, the local council re-organisation in the 1970s.
So, for more detailed information on the sale or why it is being sold, please contact North Dorset District Council or one of the four district councillors for Shaftesbury (details below).
To help inform, there is a plan to hold a drop in session at the town hall on the morning and afternoon of the same day as the meeting, Monday the 11th June, where you can find out more and make your own comments and ask questions – more details to follow from the council shortly.
The outcome of the drop-in sessions and meeting can then be used to help inform any subsequent decisions and actions.
The Shaftesbury Civic Society has made an application to North Dorset District Council to have the site listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Right to Bid legislation in the 2011 Localism Act. I successful, this could give you, the community, six months to raise the money to make a bid for the land. A decision on that application is yet to be made.
Although I am concerned about this situation, the most important thing for me as a town councillor is that we get the best outcome we can for the town within our power to act.
North Dorset District Councillor details:
Shaftesbury East Ward:
Shaftesbury West Ward: