New location for car boot events?

Paul Hopper with one of the posters to promote a charity night in aid of Talia Foster. Picture by FRANK REID

Paul Hopper with one of the posters to promote a charity night in aid of Talia Foster. Picture by FRANK REID

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ORGANISERS of a popular car boot sale at an entertainment venue set for a £7m redevelopment are in talks to secure alternative land to run the market.

The car boot sale at the Mayfair Centre in Tees Road, Seaton Carew, due to be held this Sunday has been cancelled for the foreseeable future while organisers seek planning permission from Hartlepool Borough Council to run the event on another piece of land.

The Hartlepool Mail reported yesterday that work is underway on an ambitious development, which will see Hartlepool having the UK’s first sports domes at the Mayfair, creating 30 jobs.

The existing Mayfair Centre building will be transformed into a state-of-the-art gym with membership for 2,000 people, along with a steam room, sensory room to stimulate disabled children and a gym aimed specifically at youngsters.

Conference and banqueting facilities will also be upgraded at the centre so it will be able to host a variety of events.

The scheme will also see the creation of 244 houses in partnership with Persimmon Homes, which will be a phased development over the next three years.

The Mayfair’s former owner, Paul Hopper, who says he has retained some of the site, said: “The project is now going ahead and we have sold the site, but we haven’t actually had time to tell everyone that our weekly car boot sale won’t be running this week.

“We have got a planning application for an alternative site to move the car boot sale on to and the boot sale is temporarily suspended pending the outcome of the application.

“We are hopeful that it will be looked upon favourably and that the car boot sale will resume on the new site.
“It’s a popular event and people will miss it in the short term.”

Mr Hopper said the event, which has been running since May 2010, usually attracts around 40 sellers and several hundred people.

Local charities have also benefitted from the car boot sale, with representatives selling on behalf of worthy causes.