Car boot sales could return to Hempsted Meadows
By Laura Enfield | 1st February 2023
The buzz and bargaining of car boot sales could soon return to Hempsted Meadows in Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council is due to give the green light to a licence for regular use of the site at a cabinet meeting on February 8.
Potential operators will then be invited to submit a business plan and set out how they will manage the land during car boot sales. They will have to meet planning conditions, provide amenities for the public, marshall events and deal with waste or fly-tipping.
Sales stopped at the site in 2020 after the previous operator's licence expired and they moved to Ross-on-Wye.
It was then transformed into a regional testing facility during the Covid pandemic.
The council said the site is well suited to car boots sales and had been "extremely successful for previous operators who are keen to return."
It recognised there was "much local support for bringing the car boot sale back to Hempsted Meadows."
Councillor Andy Lewis, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: "We know that car boot sales are very popular locally and a great way of recycling and reusing, which as a council that's committed to addressing climate change, we wholeheartedly endorse.
"I would urge anyone who is interested in running a car boot sale to apply."
The three acre plot of land has limited uses as it is prone to flooding and cannot be developed due to the instability of the ground with regular maintenance required by the council which is "financially draining".
However, it regularly attracts events such as a circus, fair and open-air cinema and successful applicants will be required to allow other organisers to use the land.
The licence will be marketed through an agent and will be reviewed regularly.
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