Pompey’s new landowner gives car boot red card

Too Big for it's Boots. Car boot sale under bridge at NBLC has been complained about as people can't park at Sainsbury's to go shopping with the carpark too busy.

Too Big for it's Boots. Car boot sale under bridge at NBLC has been complained about as people can't park at Sainsbury's to go shopping with the carpark too busy.

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THE people in charge of running Portsmouth’s only weekly car boot sale need to find a new home for it after being asked to leave land around Fratton Park.

Stuart Robinson, who now owns the car park behind the stadium’s Fratton End, gave the car boot sale organisers two weeks to leave the land.

The organisers say they have been told the land is going to be developed, and they are no longer welcome to use it on a Wednesday and Sunday.

Tony Kimber, who has been running the Fratton Park car boot sale for the past five years, said: ‘They didn’t tell us what they were going to develop, but we were given two weeks to leave and basically there’s no more boot sale.

‘People got to know us as the only boot sale in Pompey, but now there isn’t one at all.’

Mr Kimber said the loss of the sale meant those people who used it as their primary source of income now have nothing.

The last time the car boot sale was threatened was when former club owner Sacha Gaydamak began controlling access to that land in 2010.

His company charged £10 per car to park on match days, and £20 per minibus.

But the car boot sale was given permission to carry on.

Mr Kimber said: ‘We’re only looking for somewhere for Sundays at the moment,’ he said.

‘Now we get about 100 cars for the sale, but in the summer that goes up to 200.

‘We need to find a space that’s about the width of four football pitches in order to fit everyone in.

‘Schools would be ideal, and we’ve had a few offers, but everywhere we’ve seen so far has been too small.

‘It’s sad really because the descendants of the people who used to sell from trolley carts on the old Hot Walls when they were there come to our car boot sale to make their living.There’s nowhere else for them to go now.’

Call Tony on 07759623513 if you can help.

Mr Robinson said: ‘We bought the site with vacant possession.

‘We want the land tidy so we can work out exactly what we’re going to work on with the council, and hopefully the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

‘The gentleman who runs the car boot sale thought had had an agreement with the previous land owner but we bought the site with vacant possession.’

Mr Robinson added that he will leave match day parking charges up to the football club.

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