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Car boot sales will be returning to Southsea in April after it was agreed Portsmouth City Council would take on their management on a trial basis.

Weekly events had been taking place on part of Southsea Common next to Pier Road but their future was in doubt after the previous organisers announced they were stepping down.

The council has now announced it will be running car boot sales from the same location every Sunday, unless there is bad weather or a major event starting from 2 April until 24 September.

The sales will be run exactly the same as they have been previously and a percentage of the income generated each month will be donated to local charities, starting with Rowan's Hospice.

The council is also planning to encourage sellers to donate any unsold clothes to be recycled.

After the six-month trial a decision will be taken on how they will be managed in future years.

Cllr Linda Symes, the council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Sport, said: "It is great news that there will continue to be car boot sales in Southsea. Over the years they have become very popular events and not only do they attract people to the area they are also greatly valued by the local community. This trial will establish how the car boot sales can be delivered in the future and I hope it will be a great success."

More information will be available nearer the time on visitportsmouth.co.uk