WORK on a multi-million pound project in Holsworthy is well underway.
The Agribusiness Centre on the outskirts of the town is on track for completion next year.
Diggers have excavated thousands of tonnes of earth from the site which is to the north of the town on land adjacent to the A388.
The £6 million project is the largest Torridge has dealt with.
Peter Quincey, senior regeneration project manager, said recent good weather has meant site work has progressed well.
He said: “To date we have moved over 200,000 tonnes of earth and remodelled the site to create a stable development platform for the new market to sit on.
“The council has opted to use a technique called lime stabilisation for creating the platform which ensures all material from the excavations are kept on site.
“This removes the need for exporting soil to licensed landfill sites. This not only saves a considerable amount of money, but is better for the environment by reducing road miles.”
Contractors are now working on excavating the foundations and drilling holes for the concrete piles for the market and office buildings.
Councillor John Allen, mayor of Holsworthy, said he was pleased to hear the project is on course.
He said: “It is going to be a great asset for the town. Hopefully it will help employment by bringing jobs to the town.
“Agriculture is a vital part of our economy. The completion of the centre will bring many benefits to the area.
“It is an important project and I am pleased that it is progressing well. Thanks must go to the many people who have contributed to the success of the project.”
Livestock lairage, pens and auction rings will make up part of the Agribusiness Centre.
Torridge District Council’s planning committee unanimously approved plans last year.
The current livestock market at Underlane will be transformed with homes and a new Tesco store.
Cavanna Homes will start work on building 91 houses in Spring next year. Cavanna and Tesco were given consent by Torridge’s plans committee last year for their schemes.
A turf cutting ceremony was held in June to signal the start of construction work.