Car booters are invited to pitch to hold seafront sales

A car boot sale at the D-Day Museum in 2011
A car boot sale at the D-Day Museum in 2011

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POPULAR car boot sales are being invited back into Portsmouth by the city council.

The successful sales held every week during the summers on the Ministry of Defence’s Clarence Playing Fields in Southsea were scrapped because of the damage being done to the fields.

But feeling was so strong that more than 1,000 signatures were collected as part of a petition to bring them back to the Long Curtain Road site.

Desperate for their return, campaigners approached Portsmouth City Council’s seafront manager David Evans who agreed to the trial sale in September last year.

Council leader, cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘The land where they used to go on was navy land, but the playing fields used to get quite churned up so the navy said the car boot sales couldn’t go on. They didn’t want anyone tripping over on it.

‘Now we have come up with a variety of places where the car boot sales can be held, and one of those is on land next to Pier Road.’

That land was the site of September’s trial car boot sale, which was held in aid of the Rowans Hospice.

Previously the weekly sales had benefitted the United Services Sports Club.

Since the sales were scrapped, the twice-weekly car boot sale held at the Fratton Park car park has also been axed.

As reported previously in The News, new landowner Stuart Robinson said he did not want his land disturbed by car booters.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson added: ‘We would like to invite anyone who wants to hold a car boot sale to get in touch with David Evans, the seafront manager.

‘If they want to organise one there is no reason why they can’t.’