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New Auction Complex For Doncaster

Wednesday, 5th April 2006

In the UK, Doncaster Bloodstock Sales is "staying in Doncaster & the company is aiming to start operating from a new auction complex in September 2007," reported racingpost.co.uk. DBS managing director Henry Beeby emerged from a "make-or-break meeting" with his Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council counterpart Susan Law & declared: "We're staying!" Doubts about the company's future in the town (where it has operated since 1962) "had grown more serious over the past year, following failure of the 2 parties to reach agreement about DBS's place within a £55 million (A$130m) scheme to redevelop the racecourse grandstand & adjoining facilities". However Beeby announced: "We had a very constructive meeting & now it's all systems go. Ms Law could not have been more helpful & we have resolved all the outstanding points at issue to our mutual satisfaction." The next step is for DBS to submit its masterplan "which is expected to cost £4 million (A$9.6m) to put into practice" to the council's planning department. The new, self-contained site is by the side of the Doncaster straight-mile course, beyond the existing racecourse grandstands; it will house 500 boxes & a selling area (which will also incorporate bar & restaurant facilities).

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