The Christmas poultry sale on 19 December 2017 will be the final market at the Liskeard Cattle Market site.
Kivells’ tenancy of Liskeard Cattle Market is ending, opening up the possibility of regenerating a key area in the heart of Liskeard. 850 lots of festive Turkeys, Geese, Chicken, 80 Beef & Ham Joints will finish a tradition of the Cornish town being a venue for livestock trading stretching back as far as the year 1240 when the first of eighteen charters permitting markets was granted to the town.
Regular auctions took place on a fortnightly basis on the customary Tuesday Market Day.
Kevin Hicks of Kivells said: “This final market will bring to a close a long and happy chapter of livestock marketing for Kivells, and earlier Vosper and Kivell, in Liskeard. We are currently working closely with Cornwall Council on a new agri-business hub to serve East Cornwall. This will be similar to Holsworthy and will be based on a new site, which will offer improved accessibility and services to our customers.
“In the meantime, we’ll continue to service our clients’ livestock marketing requirements for the area via our Hallworthy, Holsworthy and Exeter markets. We’d like to thank all of our customers for supporting our Liskeard livestock market and we look forward to working with them at our other venues, both existing and planned.
“Cornwall Council are working on some exciting plans for the redevelopment of the Liskeard Cattle Market site. Release of the site for development will be significant for the future of Liskeard. Meanwhile, our commitment to the town remains wholehearted. Our property sales, lettings and professional office will continue in the existing prominent location in Bay Tree Hill under the directorship of Mark Bunt.”
Despite the history, there is strong local support for redeveloping the Liskeard Cattle Market site, with 87% of residents, businesses and local organisations taking part in a public consultation last year agreeing that regenerating the site would be good for the town’s economy.
LHC Architects were commissioned to draw up some plans in July 2016 and asked people in the Liskeard area what they thought about a range of options for the cattle market site, adjoining car park and other nearby buildings. The options were based on feedback from key groups in the town – including traders, farmers, site tenants, the Chamber of Commerce, young people and others – and also took into account market demand for the proposed facilities and how any redevelopment would fit in with the town centre as a whole.
LHC are now examining the results of the consultation and will use them to inform the development study.
Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy, said: “We want our town centres to be a part of driving a stronger economy for Cornwall with a good range of businesses and jobs. Redeveloping key Council-owned sites when they become available is one way we can help to meet Cornwall’s current and future needs.”
Sally Hawken, Chair of the Liskeard Cattle Market Working Group and Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East, said: “We’re keen to make the most of this key site in line with the aspirations of local residents. We’re currently in discussion with partners about an appropriate and affordable mix of uses. We’re also exploring opportunities for funding from a variety of sources to support what we hope will be a substantial regeneration project for Liskeard.”
Christina Whitty, Mayor of Liskeard, said: “This is a huge opportunity for Liskeard to create a vibrant new area, enhancing our independent shops and historical buildings and ensuring the viability of the town centre.”
James Shrubsole, Chair of Liskeard Neighbourhood Plan, said: “We know from our Neighbourhood Plan consultations that the Cattle Market site is very important to local people, and we welcome positive action to take the site forward.”