Portsmouth seafront boot sales get permanent bases

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CAR boot sales held along Portsmouth’s seafront have been given permanent bases.

Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet has agreed events during the winter from now on will be held at the car park of the D-Day Museum, in Southsea.

In the summer they will be moved next to Southsea Skatepark, but if there is a big occasion going on, then land east of Pier Road will be used.

If the weather is bad, the car park will be reused.

The need for new locations comes after the Ministry of Defence decided it did not want any more sales held on Clarence Field, which it owns, because of the clear-up costs involved.

Councillor Hugh Mason, deputy leader of the council, said traders in Palmerston Road and Osborne Road would benefit from the move as a popular attraction would be held close to them.