Wooler Mart To Receive Major Investment to Improve Access, Handling, Catering and Business Facilities.
Harrison and Hetherington have announced that they are to invest in over £100,000 to improve the on-site operational facilities at one of the north of England’s leading livestock trading centres, Wooler Auction Mart. This week, they have submitted the plans for County approval and it is hoped that work will start as soon as the relevant planning consents have been received.
Part of this investment will see the development of new mart offices, a meeting room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom being integrated into the main mart building. In addition, H&H will improve and extend the current carpark, develop the loading bay areas to give better access and bring the lorry washing facilities on-site.
This commitment to Wooler Auction Mart is intended to ensure that the mart’s facilities are in line with the other marts operated by Harrison and Hetherington as, David Pritchard, Joint Managing Director for Harrison and Hetherington, explains:
“This significant investment will enhance our current onsite facilities, it is intended to future proof the mart as a leading livestock trading centre. As a company, we want to ensure that all of our marts offer the same standard of facilities for users, wherever they might be selling livestock. Here at Wooler, the new meeting room and dining facilities will be available to outside rural businesses and organisations, which will further cement the mart in the local community.”
Wooler Mart has been a solid fixture for livestock farmers for decades – an invaluable point of sale for their sheep and cattle and also an important place for advice, social interaction and information. With regular weekly sales, Wooler Mart attracts livestock from across the Borders and North Northumberland and is one of the most northernly marts still operating in England.
Recently appointed Non-Executive Company Director for H&H Group Plc, Will Hamilton, added: “Without a doubt, there is still a need for livestock auction marts in the Glendale area. In investing in and improving the facilities here, our aim is to strengthen our position and to ensure that we are providing farmers with multi-faceted platforms to trade their livestock.”
Harrison & Hetherington, with their head office and main livestock centre in Borderway Auction Mart, Carlisle, is one of the biggest mart sites across the UK. Operating a total of nine livestock auction marts, they play a vital role in the farming communities they serve, covering substantial areas from Newton St Boswells in the north, Lockerbie, Kirby Stephen, Middleton in Teesdale and Broughton-in-Furness, along with seasonal marts at Lazonby and Newcastleton.