Hatfield car boot sale allowed to continue
PUBLISHED: 09:11 10 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 March 2016
The Birchwood car boot sale will continue to be run by Countryside Promotions for another year, after a decision by Hatfield Town Council.
The decision was made after a survey sent out in the post to neighbouring Hatfield residents. 34 residents surveyed voted ‘yes’ for the car boot sale to continue, while 25 voted ‘no’.
The council had previously considered taking over the running of the car boot sale, which is held on Sundays at Birchwood playing fields in Hatfield. However, they decided to allow Countryside Promotions to run the sale for another year, providing improvements were made to manage traffic.
Residents who were against the car boot sale described the sale as a ‘menace’ and that parking on Birchwood Estates during the sale is a ‘nightmare’.
Others described the sale as ‘a valuable service for the local community’ and ‘a pride to us Birchwooders’.
Of the residents who voted for the car boot sale to continue, several still criticised the problems caused by buyers and sellers parking in the area.
Councillor John Fitzpatrick said: “It’s a misery for residents who are not going to the car boot sale. They are stuck in their homes and can’t go anywhere.”
Councillor James Broach initially proposed that the council take over the sale, but Councillor Caron Juggins objected and defended the representative from Countryside Promotions.
She said: “So you are quite happy to squash a business. From this gentleman’s point of view this is his business.
“It does bring us more income. There are also a lot of people who get pleasure out of it.”
After Councillor Broach withdrew his proposal, the councillors unanimously voted to allow Countryside Promotions to run the sale for the time being. with Councillor Howard Morgan declaring a personal interest and abstaining.