Turf cutting for AgriBusiness centre in Holsworthy

Cllr Barry Parsons cuts the turf with members of Holsworthy Hamlets Parish Council Ron Gerry, Ken Ca

Cllr Barry Parsons cuts the turf with members of Holsworthy Hamlets Parish Council Ron Gerry, Ken Carroll, Arleen Gould and Ray Fursdon;TDC Members for Holsworthy Howard Ratledge and Michael Footitt; Holsworthy Mayor John Allen; Alec and Marjorie Shadrick; Kevin Hicks, Mark Bromell and David Kivell from Kivells; Chris Spear (Morgan Sindall) and Torridge District Council’s Peter Quincey. - Credit: Archant

Work on the £6 million project is expected to take around a year to complete.

THE construction of a £6 million AgriBusiness centre had formally commenced after a turf cutting ceremony in Holsworthy on Wednesday.

Councillor Barry Parsons, the former leader of Torridge District Council, did the honours of cutting the first piece of turf.

Cllr Parsons has been at the forefront of the project since it began four-years-ago, and said the centre would take around a year to complete.

“After many years of planning, works have begun on the new livestock market and AgriBusiness centre,” he said.

“It will ensure that Holsworthy continues to thrive as a market town and a regional centre for agriculture.

“These are exciting times in Holsworthy.”

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The AgriBusiness Centre project, led by Torridge District Council, is being performed in conjunction with Kivells, Tesco, Cavanna Homes and Morgan Sindall.

Once complete the Underlane livestock market site will be transferred across to Tesco and Cavanna for the development of a new food store and 91 new homes, creating a significant number of new jobs and investment in the town.

Ken Carroll, chairman of Holsworthy Hamlets Parish Council, added: “This is the fruition of a lot of hard work by a number of people and I believe this the start of the regeneration of the area.

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