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Bishop Auckland councillors decide against market bid
COUNCILLORS have decided not to bid to run the market for Bishop Auckland.
Members of Bishop Auckland Town Council have been talking about the possibility of running it for a number of months as they felt it could fit in with their vision to boost the town.
However, following discussions earlier this month, they have chosen not to submit a bid to Durham County Council (DCC).
In a statement to DCC from the town council, it said councillors felt the £6,000 a year licence fee was too high and were concerned a commercial bid may run a low quality market which would detract from the regeneration of the market place.
He said: "After careful consideration members decided that the market was not viable in its current state and requires significant investment in terms of finance, time and effort to achieve a quality market that would make best use of the investment the county council has made in the physical regeneration of the market place and to support the projected growth in tourism."
It is not know how many bids, if any, have been submitted to run the market in Bishop Auckland but DCC is expected to make a decision soon.
Bishop Auckland Town Council, which has the backing of the town team, has agreed to consider working with the county council if there is no suitable bid.
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