The Farmers’ Union of Wales says it is “extremely concerned” by rumours that Builth Wells auction market might not re-open.

There have been increasing calls by the farming community for Brightwells to re-open the site as soon as possible. Builth Wells Market has remained closed since the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were introduced in March.

Catrin Price, FUW Brecon and Radnor county executive chair, said: “The FUW is extremely concerned by the rumours that the market might not re-open. Indeed, members have raised their concerns with us repeatedly, given that the market is a vital lifeline in the town and for the farming community.

“If this market closes permanently farmers will have to travel much further to sell their stock, which will eat into already dwindling returns on livestock and adds further to the pressure the industry is already under, not just from Covid-19 but also of course Brexit.

“The worry always is that if a mart shuts, it will not re-open and new sites are rarely found. We will continue to liaise with the County Council and Brightwells on this matter and do everything we can to see this market reopened as soon as possible.”

Brightwells say they are unable to re-open the site under current restrictions due to the location of the market which is crossed by a public right of way and opens onto a public car park.

Irving Parry, director and chairman, said: "The Directors of Brightwells are currently in discussions with the cabinet holder responsible for livestock markets and officers of Powys County Council with regard to future re-opening".

A meeting of local farmers is expected to take place in the car park area from 5.30pm on Sunday, June 14.