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Regional livestock market opens
A new state-of-the-art super-livestock market has officially opened near Bridgwater in Somerset.

The 6m Sedgemoor Auction Centre, based at junction 24 of the M5, will replace Taunton and Highbridge markets which will transfer to the new facility.

However, sales will continue at the old sites this month, while finishing touches are made to the new centre.

The development is part of a new 100m regional rural business centre, said to be a one-stop shop for farmers.

Continued regeneration

Together with regular auctions, it houses a new Robert Wiseman dairy, office suites and conference facilities.

The development is a joint venture between Sedgemoor District Council, Mead Realisations and Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Council leader Duncan McGinty said: "The relocation of some of the best of Somerset markets into one super-sized market on this site will secure vital employment and quality facilities for the future.

"Sedgemoor District Council sees the success of this project as an example of strong partnership working between local authorities and the private sector.

"The Regional Rural Business Centre is seen as an important part of the continued regeneration of the district."



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