Livestock Market site, Louth

We agreed on 11 October to refurbish the Livestock Market facility in Louth and withdraw from the sale of the site.

Update - November 13, 2017

Improvement works have commenced to the outside of the Boars Head Public House.

Works include:

  • Repair/replacement of old timber on window sills and door frames
  • Painting of window sills and door frames
  • Removal of foliage and ivy from brickwork

 

It is expected these works will be completed within three weeks and the Boars Head will be marketed for lease in January 2018.

 

Louth Livestock Market - Implementation of Full Council recommendations

Recommendation (11/10/2017)

Completed

Future Milestones

That Council instruct Officers to formally withdraw from the sale process with ADV partnership and that Council rescind the decision of 23rd July 2014 to provide a replacement livestock facility

ADV Partnership advised via Chase & Partners of formal Council Resolution on 13th October 2017.

None - recommendation completed

That Council instruct officers to bring forward proposals for a necessary refurbishment of the existing Livestock Market facility in line with the

Councils Financial Procedure Rules.

Schedule of backlog maintenance and repairs identified by Technical Services

  • Finalise specification of required works.

  • Bids to be submitted via electronic tendering process.

  • Update Capital Programme (Dec 2017).

  • Schedule of works to be completed by end of Feb 2018.

That Council continue to engage with Louth Market Auctioneers in order to agree terms to finalise a legally binding agreement between the Council and Louth Market Auctioneers (LMA).

  • Draft Heads of Terms drafted and sent to LMA on 30th October 2017. LMA invited to attend meeting to discuss terms with ELDC.

  • User clause agreed as livestock and, dead stock (machinery, etc) sale and auction, plus ancillary uses and animal collection centre.

  • ELDC Officers met with LMA on 13th November to discuss draft Heads of Terms.

  • The deadline for the lease to be renewed has now been extended by mutual agreement to the 31st March 2018.

  • ELDC to propose revised site boundary and access rights to LMA to enable operation of agreed user clause.

  • Finalise and approve Heads of Terms (subject to negotiation and contract).

That Council agree to be supportive and to encourage stakeholders to engage with Louth Market Auctioneers to investigate ways in which the Livestock Market site could be used for a wider range of complementary activities in addition to the weekly livestock market operation in order to increase the utilisation of the site and the income derived from the site.

ELDC Officers met with LMA on 13th September 2017

  • ELDC to facilitate LMA meeting (if asked to do so)with stakeholders by December 2017.

  • LMA to produce business plan on future use and intensification of the site under agreed user clause.

That in support of recommendation 4. Council instruct officers to review the footprint of the current Livestock Market site in order to explore potential ways in which the whole site could be better utilised. This is to include safeguarding the ex-Boars Head public house building for use /refurbishment subject to market demand.

  • Schedule of decorations for Boars Head agreed and procured. 

  • Banks Long & Co appointed to market Boars Head site from January 2018.

  • Completion of works scheduled  for end of Nov 2017.

  • Potential future uses to be explored of any part of the site outside of the demised livestock market boundary.


 

Over the coming months we will be working up our plans for refurbishment in discussion with the Louth Market Auctioneers.


We will also be looking to discuss use of the facility and the wider site with the Auctioneers to understand what opportunities there are to put the site to use on a more regular basis for the benefit of Louth and the wider district.