Leeds city centre gets car boot sale

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BUDDING traders are being encouraged to take advantage of a new city centre car boot sale that opens this weekend.

While shoppers will be able to bag themselves a bargain at the new venture opening at the Elite Car Park on Whitehall Road on Sunday, March 20, organiser Dylan Leech hopes that sellers will also find a new career.

The 39-year-old law graduate, who runs similar car boot sales at Otley, Pannal and Wakefield, said: “We are trying to encourage people in the Leeds area to start trading at car boot sales.

“To take the step from being a one-off seller and becoming a market trader.

“Obviously in these hard times it works on a few levels. It gives people the chance to make a bit of extra cash, to buy bargains and to recycle.”

Mr Leech was awarded a provisional 14 week licence from Leeds City Council for 150 cars at the site, which can potentially hold up to 700 cars.

If all goes well it will become a permanent addition to the city’s shopping experience.

He added: “The authorities were reluctant to licence anywhere in the city centre, then this site came up and because I have experience they licensed it for 14 weeks to see how it goes.

“After the problems at Cross Green, it’s licensed on the understanding that it’s strictly no counterfeit.

“There shouldn’t be any problems as the site’s enclosed and easy to police.”

A spokeswoman for Leeds City Council said: “Taking a temporary pitch in the outdoor market is an easy, low risk way for people to try out their ideas, and test out whether they have a viable business option.”

Leeds City Centre Car Boot will run Sundays, from 8am until noon. Sellers from 6am.

For more information, visit: www.yorkshirecarbootsales.co.uk

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