Cattle Market Press Statement

Town Hall, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8LY

FROM:         The Town Clerk, Mrs Claire Commons

DATE:          Wednesday, 2nd May 2018


Shaftesbury Town Council plans to hold a series of engagement events in relation to the potential sale of the Cattle Market at Christy’s Lane.

Following a decision by North Dorset District Council to proceed with selling this site, Shaftesbury Town Council has resolved to hold consultation meetings and events to seek the views of the town residents and stakeholders.

The Council has already expressed to North Dorset District Council that irrespective of the defined use, the site physically joins up with the Town Centre and that there are clear links in terms of thoroughfare. The importance of the retention of community car parking has been strongly expressed from many quarters and as such, the Town Council is looking to gather data to support this perceived need.

The Council also resolved to allocate up to £10,000 for relevant legal expert advice. Councillors Tim Cook, John Lewer and Lester Taylor will be working with the Town Clerk to provide clarity on the complex historic, legal and procedural factors of this issue to support the public’s desired outcomes and present solutions to the District Council and its successors.

Details of the engagement events, to include a public meeting and open consultation and engagement days are being arranged. Dates, times and venues will be posted on the Town Council’s website and social media channels, noticeboards and local press. The Town Council requires the presence of Shaftesbury’s District Councillors and District Officers at those events to provide technical knowledge and to receive the local views from Shaftesbury residents and stakeholders.

Deputy Mayor, Lester Taylor said “This is not a confrontational exercise, we are being open and transparent, representing the public’s wishes and working together with North Dorset to achieve the best for the town.”


For further information contact Shaftesbury Town Council, Tel: 01747 852420 or email: