Written byLUCY ROSS-MILLAR
Residents can have their say on plans to take out a loan to purchase the town’s Market Place to avoid it falling into the hands of developers.
Royston’s historic Market Place has operated since the 12th century but has been put up for public sale for the first time in living memory for a minimum price of £275,000.
The town council plan to apply for a £300,000 loan in order to secure the twice weekly market and car parking spaces for future generations.
Cllr F John Smith, chairman of the Finance Committee, said: “We have been waiting 851 years to buy the market so we should take history by the hand and go for it.
“We are unanimous on this matter. I hope the town will support us in the way they appear to have done.”
Since the time of Richard I, the right to hold a market in the town centre has been enshrined in an unbroken Charter from the King, dating back to 1189.
Royston Town Council is applying for a Capital Grant to purchase the site as a Community Asset, to avoid having to raise the precept again.
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