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Colin James

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Herefordshire Council is delighted to have received six expressions of interest regarding development of the Buttermarket in Hereford.

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This followed a national marketing campaign, which generated a lot of interest and saw 17 information packs being distributed.

 

The six interested candidates have now been invited to submit a short presentation and outline business case to a selected panel on Thursday 11 December.

 

The successful shortlisted candidates will then be asked to submit a full business case in April / May 2015, with a preferred candidate and development proposal being selected in early summer.

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I would be very interested to know if The Butter market traders have put forward a business case.

 

Can anybody enlighten me?

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I have been supporting the buttermarket traders for 2 years and back in the summer Steve Dixon, chairman of the Buttermarket Independent Traders Association, along with buttermarket traders , backed by local businessmen has expressed its interest in taking over the market as a community enterprise, they said: "we know the market, we know the job". This came about when the £3-5m refurbishment was put on hold by Herefordshire Council. It now seems to me rather coincidental that the council has 6  candidates interested in putting forward a business case, a few months after the market traders and local businessmen have shown an interest to take over the running of the buttermarket!

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I would imagine their business cases will go something along the lines of 'we'll take it off your hands for a £1' to which the council will say  'no, no, 50p and  it’s a deal'. 

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We will see if what you have said will come true, but as the candidates business cases will not be heard until April/May next year this administration may not be around to make the decisions because the elections are on 7th May. Whether my electorate re-elected me  or not I will still be supporting the traders to take over the Buttermarket

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And once again Glenda, I respectfully say to you - what experience do the traders have in :

1 ) That type of building and the love that is required there.

2 ) What experience do the traders have in refurbishment of that type of building

3 ) What experience do the traders have in marketing the BM

4 ) What experience or financial backing do the traders have in.........well, anything but small market stalls.

 

Im a sucker for the underdog all the time - I really am, but these guys do not have the skill, knowledge or expertise to referb the BM to take it in the right direction.

 

Respectfully - if they did - they wouldn't be renting a trestle table in that building if they did.

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