Chelford Market News








It is public knowledge that in December 2010 Cheshire East Council resolved to grant planning consent, subject to a number of conditions to be resolved, for redevelopment of this market site.

We are aware of a number of rumours circulating concerning the future of this site.  Contrary to some of these rumours, the Chelford site has not been sold, nor is the Market about to close.

We have already stated that our intention is to maintain and develop our Auction business, an essential component of the overall business of Frank Marshall and Co.  That remains our intention.

We do not therefore propose to respond to ill-founded rumour and/or speculation.  If, however, you require any further assurance, or wish to receive a truthful summary of the current situation, you are welcome to speak to any of the Partners of Frank Marshall and Company:


ALAN LANE   01625 861122                               GWYN WILLIAMS    01625 861122

NICK MARSH  01606 41318                               PETER ASHBURNER  01565 653284




29th November 2010


Auctioneers play key role in livestock

industry, says new LAA chairman 

New Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) chairman Gwyn Williams believes the organisation’s national infrastructure of skilled marketeers is perfectly positioned to play a key role in moving livestock around the country.


This is especially true in the event of disease outbreaks, movement controls, or national emergencies.


“The close links between our members, their firms, producers and purchasers are vital elements within the system to keep livestock moving to benefit purchasers and vendors, as well as the industry at large,” says Mr Williams.


He adds: “Our specialist knowledge and contacts through the European Association of Livestock Markets can also help government ministers and industry leaders when they are negotiating new deals, or agreements on livestock controls and other regulations regionally, nationally, or internationally.”


Mr Williams BSc., MRICS, FAAV, FLAA was elected chairman of the association at its annual meeting in Worcester on 28th November.  He is a Partner at Frank Marshall at Chelford Market in Cheshire and succeeds Bakewell auctioneer Alastair Sneddon, who has stepped down after a two-year stint as chairman of the national association.


LAA members handle the vast majority of all auction sales of farm livestock in England and Wales and the Association is also supported by representatives of the Institute of Appraisers and Auctioneers in Scotland, as well as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers.


Speaking after his election last Sunday, Mr Williams (52) said he was honoured to serve his fellow members and he hoped to build on the professionalism and integrity of all the Association’s member firms and their auctioneers to show purchasers, vendors, stakeholders and opinion formers just how strategically important the country-wide auction sales hub was to the industry.


The competitive, transparent and fully traceable auction mart system was instrumental in ensuring producers obtained the best value when selling their farm animals, while purchasers were able to buy exactly what they needed when they needed it, he said.


LAA members were also best placed to use their knowledge of market values and conditions and their extensive network of contacts to arrange sales of stock throughout the UK, either by auction, or by private negotiation.


As vice-chairman of the LAA, Mr Williams was responsible for the organisation’s training and education portfolio and played a major role in establishing its Foundation Degree scheme for auctioneers and valuers - the first officially recognised degree-level qualification for their industry.


A qualified ski instructor and keen cyclist, he has been at Chelford Market for the past 15 years where he has been in charge of the firm’s livestock, horticultural and machinery auction sales and the valuation of live and dead stock.


Originally from South Wales, Mr Williams says he has been selling and valuing cattle and sheep at markets since he was about 20 years old and today his particular skills in valuing and selling pedigree cattle and sheep are recognised by his colleagues far and wide.







For further information please contact:


Chris Dodds, Executive Secretary, Livestock Auctioneers Association

01697 475 433 / 07885 731 502


Andrew Kendall



 A number of rumours have been circulating regarding the future of our business at Chelford. We would prefer that you hear news of  recent developments direct  from ourselves, and hope that you will appreciate it would be impossible to speak with all our valued clients personally.

You will  be aware of the difficulties we face in running our diverse and busy Auction business upon a restricted site, hemmed in as we are by residential development . All of Chelford Market and its car parks are held on leases, which have finite lives.

 ln order to provide better facilities for our clients and staff we need to invest for the future, but we are currently constrained by the limitations of those existing leases.
A proposed application by Stobarts upon their site in Chelford, which may include land occupied by us for overspill parking, has concentrated our minds on how best to protect and develop the business currently undertaken at Chelford.

 It is no secret  that we have been seeking for some years to relocate all or part of our business, in the interests of efficiency and, we believe, long-term security.  It is our intention to safeguard the long-term future of our business and we are actively exploring how that may best be done. The first step, however, is to be certain of the future use of the Chelford site.

For these reasons  the Partners of Frank Marshall and Co. have agreed to support an application to be made by the landowners for redevelopment of the Market site at Chelford. 

The planning application is to be submitted shortly  and a public exhibition of the proposals is to  be held at the Market on 1st September, to which you are all welcome.

Even if the planning application is successful, it does not mean that re-development will follow immediately. The application will seek a permission which will be valid for at least 5 years to enable us to complete our plans for the long term future of our business.

Your  custom is much appreciated and valued by the Partners of Frank Marshall and Co., and you may rest assured that we are committed to this business and it’s future. We would of course be grateful for any suggestions which may assist us in the process of relocation.

We will endeavour to keep you informed as progress is made, but, in the meantime, if you have any queries, please  feel  free to speak to any of the Partners  with any thoughts or concerns you may have:

ALAN LANE     01625 861122                                                           
GWYN WILLIAMS     01625 861122
NICK MARSH  01606 41318 
PETER ASHBURNER  01565 653284