An historic market hall in Brecon has been sold by Powys County Council.

Hereford-based Sockett Properties Ltd has bought the Grade-II listed building for an undisclosed sum.

Darren Sockett, director, said: “I look forward to continue working with existing traders to make the building a successful retail and community offering for the benefit of the town.”

The council decided that selling Brecon Market Hall would benefit market traders, residents and the wider community which it says needed "much-needed" investment.

A council report revealed last year that the building had a "significant" maintenance backlog and repair costs "substantially" outstripped the revenue income stream.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Property, said: “The Market Hall is an important building in Brecon and its future use is of great importance to market traders and residents. It was difficult for the county council to invest in its future and it was agreed that selling it would protect its future use.

“The market hall is an important asset and we are delighted that a suitable purchaser with a proven track record has been found to invest and enhance the building. Discussion started sometime ago but have been delayed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are pleased that a sale has been completed which will see much needed investment in the building and secure an important asset for the town.”