Residents’ fury over Berry Hill car boot proposals

Residents living near a park are protesting over proposals to hold weekly car boot sales from next year.

Folk living around Berry Hill Park have now enlisted the help of local district councillor, Andrew Tristram, to fight the proposal put forward by W&S Warwick Enterprise Ltd.

The firm, which runs the cafe on the park site, has pinned up posters outlining plans to hold the sale every Sunday from 8th March, from noon until 4pm, They will charge between £5 and £15 per vehicle depending on its size.

But residents say the area is not suitable for car boot sales, and should be used only 
for sporting and leisure activities.

Other issues include increased traffic, a disruption to a residential area, plus concerns about litter and damage to the park.

Coun Tristram said: “As far as I am aware, no consultation to discuss the proposals have taken place with local residents, the council or the police. On behalf of residents, I have discussed these proposals with the police and Mansfield District Council.

“Residents on Black Scotch Lane already have to accept school traffic during the week and will now be expected to put up with traffic every Sunday too.

“On other roads surrounding the park, residents are well aware of parking issues and traffic when large events are held there.

“I am sure there are other ways to generate income for the upkeep of the park without having it as a venue for weekly car boot sales and Sunday markets.

Will Warwick of W&S Warwick Enterprise Ltd, said that nothing had been decided, despite the posters.

He said: “Nothing is happening as of yet, nothing is in writing.”

This was echoed by Ray Jackson-Smith of the Berry Hill Park Trustees.

He said: “We need to generate income but we will look at all options.

“At the moment it’s not even on the table.”