Published: Fri 5 June, 2020
North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has thanked the organisers of Measham Car Boot for agreeing to not open this Sunday as previously advertised.
The two parties have been in talks throughout the week as the organisers have worked diligently to put safety measures in place to allow the car boot to take place. Unfortunately, the level or work and risk assessments required has meant this Sunday’s planned opening has come too soon and the event has now been postponed.
Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “After all the sacrifices people have made in North West Leicestershire in recent months it didn’t feel right to for an event of this size to take place when there were still safety concerns outstanding.
“We fully understand the organisers eagerness to bring back this car boot but putting all the necessary measures in place was always a big challenge in such a short space a time, and they deserve huge credit for recognising this and agreeing to postpone – I thank them for that.
“Public safety is at the heart of this decision and the joint desire to control this virus and ultimately save lives.
“Local businesses, markets and indeed car boots are going to need everyone’s backing in the coming weeks and months as we revive our local economy. Our communities, businesses and economy will recover and rebuild from this pandemic, and we’re here to help make this happen in a way that is safe and timely way.”
Mick McCreath, the organiser of Measham car boot, said: “We’re disappointed not to be returning this weekend but we felt it was important we listen to our local community and the advice from the district council, and postpone our plans.
“This will give us more time to do a thorough risk assessment and fully implement the safety measures required for us to bring back a safe and welcoming car boot in the near future.
“Thank you for the patience our customers and traders continue to show as we work through this process and we look forward to seeing you soon.”