NEIGHBOURS on a peaceful road are concerned the area will be ruined by a weekly car boot sale that could ‘run for years’.

The organiser, Paul Bennett, who lives in Bushey, has permission from the land owner to hold sales for 14 weeks during the summer – the first is due to take place on May 6.

Petitioners are objecting to the proposed large signs advertising the event, for which Mr Bennett is awaiting planning permission from Harrow Council, and have concerns about the effect on Pinner from the increase in traffic.

Linda Byrne, of Rowlands Avenue, Pinner, started a petition against the signs with her husband, Cornelius, which they will hand in to the council. They have 230 signatures so far.

“Everyone we spoke to, bar two, was against any advertising signs in Oxhey Lane, totally against car boot sales on such a beautiful swathe of land and extremely worried about the impact of extra traffic in the area,” Mrs Byrne said.

“It is such a beautiful vale but it is going to be corrupted by signs advertising the event. It changes the whole view and to have the signs would be such a shame.

“Parking is a serious problem as it could be allowed on the field itself, but when the stadium and playing field are in use, there are already people parking along our road. I can’t imagine the traffic and danger if it is to go ahead.”

A row of houses overlook the site and there are concerns that the signs, which are two-and-a-half metres wide and three metres high, will ruin the view.

The site in Oxhey Lane is adjacent to Roger Bannister Stadium and a playing field, which is used at weekends by a nearby school for sports activities.

Objectors predict the car boot sales would cause traffic chaos and would disturb residents early on summer mornings.

Mr Bennett said: “We are doing everything we can to provide people with somewhere to park. There will be 16 members of staff on the site, with one warden guiding traffic.

“It will run for years if this is successful.”

Mr Bennett, who has been organising car boot sales in other parts of the country for 30 years, said he was unsure how many people he expected at the car boot sales.

He declined to comment on whether or not it would be as much as 500 cars per week, as seen at other car boot sales over the summer months.

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