Auction mart in line for a PS100k overhaul if plans win approval.
AN auction mart in Northumberland is to get improved facilities under plans submitted for planning permission this week.
Harrison and Hetherington wants to invest more than PS100,000 to improve the on-site operational facilities at Wooler Auction Mart.
The plans would see the development of new mart offices, a meeting room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom in the main mart building. In addition, H&H wants to improve and extend the current car park at the mart, develop the loading bay areas to give better access and bring lorry washing facilities on-site.
The commitment to Wooler is intended to ensure that the mart's facilities are in line with the other sites operated by Harrison and Hetherington.
David Pritchard, joint managing director, said: "This significant investment will enhance our current on-site 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 attracts livestock from across north Northumberland and the Borders and is one of the most northerly marts still operating in England. H&H Group director Will Hamilton said: "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, which is based in Carlisle, operates a number of marts in Cumbria, County Durham, Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
The company bought Wooler Mart in 2015 in a PS8.2m deal.