Car boot sale axed as site taken over by South West Water

The Brixham Road car boot sale will be off until July 7
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A car boot sale which draws people from across the region on Sundays has been put on hold until July, it’s been announced. The popular Brixham Road car boot at Paignton is unable to use its usual field.

South West Water has been using the land since the cryptosporidium outbreak in Brixham for the distribution of clean water. The field was said to be the only site large enough for the task.

Torbay Carboot Sales posted on Facebook: “It’s been confirmed that the car boot sale on Brixham Road will not be open until the 7th July 2024. We hope to see you all there. Thank you all for your patience.”

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Disappointed car boot fans asked if there was an alternative location where it could be held.

Jennie Waugh added: "Noooooooooo!! Hope people will come back and it doesn't kill it off."

Earlier this week, Torbay Carboot Sales said that the landowners allowed South West Water to use the site "initially for a week as they could not find another site large enough for the distribution of clean water".

It added: "It was of course a crisis and the landowners felt it was in the public interest to allow them to use the site. Subsequently the issue grew and their other sites proved unsuitable.

"Heavy rain then resulted in damage to the ground which is now being rectified by South West Water. We apologise for the inconvenience and assure you the car boot sale will be back very soon."

South West Water has been distributing bottled water to households in Brixham and Paignton since the cryptosporidium outbreak made drinking water unsafe. A boil water notice was implemented as hundreds of people reported suffering from diarrhoea and sickness. Some people still do not have access to safe water as the company battles to fix the damaged air valve that was thought to be the source of the contamination and flush water systems through.

A spokesman South West Water said: "We have set up a water collection point at Churston Car Boot Field to support customers throughout the ongoing event in the Brixham area. We are sorry for the disruption this is causing – however, please be assured that our teams are working day and night to get this resolved.

"Our absolute priority is the health of our customers and visitors in Hillhead, Upper Brixham and Kingswear."

It advised people to stay updated with its service updates.