Basildon's Big One bootsale at Stevenson's Farm is subject to an appeal: Owner of site is told by Basildon Council he cannot run events

Big One - the boot sale

Big One - the boot sale

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THE man behind a popular boot sale is fighting to get the weekly event back.

Peter Stevenson, 66, has launched a planning appeal after Basildon Council banned him from running the Big One boot sale from Stevenson’s Farm, off the A127 in Wickford.

When he sold one of his fields to the Dogs Trust, which has built a rehoming centre on the land, council officers assumed Mr Stevenson would retire, but he had other ideas.

He continued to run the “Big One” from his west field, next to his house, until Basildon Council issued him with a legal notice at the beginning of last year.

It also stops him putting on 14 events a year, which any landowner is entitled to do without securing planning permission.

Mr Stevenson said: “People come up to me and my wife in the supermarket and say they can’t believe what Basildon Council is doing.

“I have had to lay off staff, it’s lost me a lot of business and cost money to go to appeal. Even if we win the appeal, it’s going to take time to build the boot sale back up to what it was.

“I’m very annoyed with the council because it should have let us continue working while all this was ongoing.”

A planning inquiry in front of a Government inspector has been scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 11.

Mr Stevenson said he has aerial photographs and statements from witnesses proving the boot sale has been taking place at Stevenson’s Farm every Sunday between March and October for the past 24 years.

Basildon Council previously refused a certificate of lawful use because “Mr Stevenson has not demonstrated on the balance of probabilities that the land to the west of Stevenson’s Farm has been used for car boot sales for more than 14 days per annum for a period of ten years”.

A spokesman for Basildon Council said: “Mr Stevenson has lodged an appeal against the council’s certificate of lawful existing use refusal to hold car boot sales at the site.

“An independent public inquiry will now be held on November 11 to consider whether the use is lawful.

“The council will defend its reasons for refusal at the inquiry.”

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8:30am Wed 28 May 14

frostyangel1 says...

Why would the council just assume Mr Stevenson would retire?
Why should he?
It is disgusting that Mr Stevenson has been stopped from his 14 weeks which he is entitled to, the council are just taking the p*** now!
Another year lost waiting for an inquiry, What harm is he doing with the boot sale?
Has anyone at the council seen the diabolical traffic that Dunton causes every Sunday morning? This boot sale is packed to the point that you can not even walk around the blasted thing, But no one at the council seem to have a problem with this one.
Carry on standing your ground Mr Stevenson!
Why would the council just assume Mr Stevenson would retire? Why should he? It is disgusting that Mr Stevenson has been stopped from his 14 weeks which he is entitled to, the council are just taking the p*** now! Another year lost waiting for an inquiry, What harm is he doing with the boot sale? Has anyone at the council seen the diabolical traffic that Dunton causes every Sunday morning? This boot sale is packed to the point that you can not even walk around the blasted thing, But no one at the council seem to have a problem with this one. Carry on standing your ground Mr Stevenson! frostyangel1
  • Score: 29

9:45am Wed 28 May 14

CarnMountification says...

He was making an absolute fortune, all cash in hand, got c0cky, got closed.
Ther's always Sadlers
He was making an absolute fortune, all cash in hand, got c0cky, got closed. Ther's always Sadlers CarnMountification
  • Score: 9

10:38am Wed 28 May 14

HonestJoe90 says...

Don't feel sorry for him, glad to see the back of the boot sale always caused needless traffic jams on a Sunday and as for his comment about costing him money to appeal, well I have it on good authority that he sold his land to dog trust for £2m
Don't feel sorry for him, glad to see the back of the boot sale always caused needless traffic jams on a Sunday and as for his comment about costing him money to appeal, well I have it on good authority that he sold his land to dog trust for £2m HonestJoe90
  • Score: 9

10:56am Wed 28 May 14

bazza 1 says...

If only Basildon Council had been as determined in their battle with Dale Farm. Maybe we could have saved 70 or so million pounds.
If only Basildon Council had been as determined in their battle with Dale Farm. Maybe we could have saved 70 or so million pounds. bazza 1
  • Score: 38

10:59am Wed 28 May 14

frostyangel1 says...

Good authority??? Ha ha whatever!
Get your facts correct before going on a rant :)
Good authority??? Ha ha whatever! Get your facts correct before going on a rant :) frostyangel1
  • Score: 5

11:55am Wed 28 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Don't worry those friendly UKIP councillors will get behind him and let him carry on...
Don't worry those friendly UKIP councillors will get behind him and let him carry on... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

12:36pm Wed 28 May 14

tjcossington says...

I've been reading these comment and it makes you laugh .i work for mr Stevenson and believe me it is not a cash in hand job it all goes though the books and to the accountant every year like all business.mr Stevenson and mrs Stevenson both pay there tax bill like anyone else and staff get taxed aswell.people are jumping on the bandwagon about the traffic have they ever been to dunton or are they people who work for other bootsale .who ever told you he got 2 million pound did not get there fact straight he got 50 million there that's got your mind boggling .what he got or did get is no one business but his own ,the council have made all his staff redundant at moment not mr Stevenson .we would so like our jobs back please basildon council how would you not like to have your job,because someone put an injunction on it .anyone with land can hold a bootsale for 14 weeks a year by law so why can't mr Stevenson .no one stop the one before dunton last year or the one that just behind the five bells were there injunctions basildon council
I've been reading these comment and it makes you laugh .i work for mr Stevenson and believe me it is not a cash in hand job it all goes though the books and to the accountant every year like all business.mr Stevenson and mrs Stevenson both pay there tax bill like anyone else and staff get taxed aswell.people are jumping on the bandwagon about the traffic have they ever been to dunton or are they people who work for other bootsale .who ever told you he got 2 million pound did not get there fact straight he got 50 million there that's got your mind boggling .what he got or did get is no one business but his own ,the council have made all his staff redundant at moment not mr Stevenson .we would so like our jobs back please basildon council how would you not like to have your job,because someone put an injunction on it .anyone with land can hold a bootsale for 14 weeks a year by law so why can't mr Stevenson .no one stop the one before dunton last year or the one that just behind the five bells were there injunctions basildon council tjcossington
  • Score: 8

1:45pm Wed 28 May 14

CarnMountification says...

tjcossington wrote:
I've been reading these comment and it makes you laugh .i work for mr Stevenson and believe me it is not a cash in hand job it all goes though the books and to the accountant every year like all business.mr Stevenson and mrs Stevenson both pay there tax bill like anyone else and staff get taxed aswell.people are jumping on the bandwagon about the traffic have they ever been to dunton or are they people who work for other bootsale .who ever told you he got 2 million pound did not get there fact straight he got 50 million there that's got your mind boggling .what he got or did get is no one business but his own ,the council have made all his staff redundant at moment not mr Stevenson .we would so like our jobs back please basildon council how would you not like to have your job,because someone put an injunction on it .anyone with land can hold a bootsale for 14 weeks a year by law so why can't mr Stevenson .no one stop the one before dunton last year or the one that just behind the five bells were there injunctions basildon council
Get some Grammar in your post, and I might almost believe you.....
[quote][p][bold]tjcossington[/bold] wrote: I've been reading these comment and it makes you laugh .i work for mr Stevenson and believe me it is not a cash in hand job it all goes though the books and to the accountant every year like all business.mr Stevenson and mrs Stevenson both pay there tax bill like anyone else and staff get taxed aswell.people are jumping on the bandwagon about the traffic have they ever been to dunton or are they people who work for other bootsale .who ever told you he got 2 million pound did not get there fact straight he got 50 million there that's got your mind boggling .what he got or did get is no one business but his own ,the council have made all his staff redundant at moment not mr Stevenson .we would so like our jobs back please basildon council how would you not like to have your job,because someone put an injunction on it .anyone with land can hold a bootsale for 14 weeks a year by law so why can't mr Stevenson .no one stop the one before dunton last year or the one that just behind the five bells were there injunctions basildon council[/p][/quote]Get some Grammar in your post, and I might almost believe you..... CarnMountification
  • Score: 0

1:48pm Wed 28 May 14

tjcossington says...

My grammar has got nothing to do with it that not what were on here for well if that the only comment you've what can I say
My grammar has got nothing to do with it that not what were on here for well if that the only comment you've what can I say tjcossington
  • Score: 4

1:51pm Wed 28 May 14

tjcossington says...

Anyway your were telling people to go to sad leers perhaps the tax man should visit there as that must be what goes on there if your accusing other people of it
Anyway your were telling people to go to sad leers perhaps the tax man should visit there as that must be what goes on there if your accusing other people of it tjcossington
  • Score: 3

2:23pm Wed 28 May 14

Essex_DJ says...

Hoping they close the Sadlers Farm Boot Sale also. People buying peoples crap congesting what is already a nightmare busy section of the A13. Why on earth they decided to put a junction off the one and only main road from Canvey joining the A13 to make room for a footpath for all the junk/crap/toot enthusiasts. This section should of been widened to create a suitable slip road from Canvey onto the A13, where at present it is a design/safety hazard - but no lets use a whole car lane to filter the ****'s into the boot sale every weekend.
Hoping they close the Sadlers Farm Boot Sale also. People buying peoples crap congesting what is already a nightmare busy section of the A13. Why on earth they decided to put a junction off the one and only main road from Canvey joining the A13 to make room for a footpath for all the junk/crap/toot enthusiasts. This section should of been widened to create a suitable slip road from Canvey onto the A13, where at present it is a design/safety hazard - but no lets use a whole car lane to filter the ****'s into the boot sale every weekend. Essex_DJ
  • Score: 6

3:04pm Wed 28 May 14

tysons says...

CarnMountification wrote:
He was making an absolute fortune, all cash in hand, got c0cky, got closed. Ther's always Sadlers
Are you saying that all the money he got in had no tax paid on it. I for one do not think that anybody in their right minds would beleive that ... and for your information he did not get closed .Pleasssse find out your facts BEFORE making such stupid comments.
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: He was making an absolute fortune, all cash in hand, got c0cky, got closed. Ther's always Sadlers[/p][/quote]Are you saying that all the money he got in had no tax paid on it. I for one do not think that anybody in their right minds would beleive that ... and for your information he did not get closed .Pleasssse find out your facts BEFORE making such stupid comments. tysons
  • Score: 4

3:06pm Wed 28 May 14

tysons says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Don't worry those friendly UKIP councillors will get behind him and let him carry on...
Well lets hope somebody there will have the common sense to look at the facts and save taxpayers a fortune, which the tories obviously didn't do.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Don't worry those friendly UKIP councillors will get behind him and let him carry on...[/p][/quote]Well lets hope somebody there will have the common sense to look at the facts and save taxpayers a fortune, which the tories obviously didn't do. tysons
  • Score: 7

3:11pm Wed 28 May 14

tysons says...

Essex_DJ wrote:
Hoping they close the Sadlers Farm Boot Sale also. People buying peoples crap congesting what is already a nightmare busy section of the A13. Why on earth they decided to put a junction off the one and only main road from Canvey joining the A13 to make room for a footpath for all the junk/crap/toot enthusiasts. This section should of been widened to create a suitable slip road from Canvey onto the A13, where at present it is a design/safety hazard - but no lets use a whole car lane to filter the ****'s into the boot sale every weekend.
I take it you are not a boot fayre goer, unlike thousands of others in the area who are. i expect you have things you like to do and have to queue to get to . should we close every event that any person wants to visit just because somebody does not want to visit.
[quote][p][bold]Essex_DJ[/bold] wrote: Hoping they close the Sadlers Farm Boot Sale also. People buying peoples crap congesting what is already a nightmare busy section of the A13. Why on earth they decided to put a junction off the one and only main road from Canvey joining the A13 to make room for a footpath for all the junk/crap/toot enthusiasts. This section should of been widened to create a suitable slip road from Canvey onto the A13, where at present it is a design/safety hazard - but no lets use a whole car lane to filter the ****'s into the boot sale every weekend.[/p][/quote]I take it you are not a boot fayre goer, unlike thousands of others in the area who are. i expect you have things you like to do and have to queue to get to . should we close every event that any person wants to visit just because somebody does not want to visit. tysons
  • Score: -2

3:26pm Wed 28 May 14

BasildonDond says...

Why don't he just get on and organise 14 boot sales - that's how he started isn't it, without pemission ? please correct me if I'm wrong
Why don't he just get on and organise 14 boot sales - that's how he started isn't it, without pemission ? please correct me if I'm wrong BasildonDond
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Wed 28 May 14

tysons says...

I have just read all these comments about the Stevensons Boot Fayre, it seems to me that most people on here just make comments to see themselves in print. What has the injunction put on this man got to do with any of these comments. The FACTS are an injunction has been put on him, and his civil rights taken away with no explanation given. Anyone can do 14 weeks without planning permission except him. Is he the only person in the land that does not have the right to his civil rights. Anybody has a right to dislike boot fayres in general, but we are talking about the law here . not personal opinion. and the law says he can do 14 weeks. without planning permission. Also i must just make one other comment in all the years he has run this boot the man gave charity stalls a free stall over the years he must have helped raise thousands upon thousands for charity. no body ever mentions the good do they?
I have just read all these comments about the Stevensons Boot Fayre, it seems to me that most people on here just make comments to see themselves in print. What has the injunction put on this man got to do with any of these comments. The FACTS are an injunction has been put on him, and his civil rights taken away with no explanation given. Anyone can do 14 weeks without planning permission except him. Is he the only person in the land that does not have the right to his civil rights. Anybody has a right to dislike boot fayres in general, but we are talking about the law here . not personal opinion. and the law says he can do 14 weeks. without planning permission. Also i must just make one other comment in all the years he has run this boot the man gave charity stalls a free stall over the years he must have helped raise thousands upon thousands for charity. no body ever mentions the good do they? tysons
  • Score: -1

3:44pm Wed 28 May 14

tjcossington says...

Sorry I meant sadlers but I pad puts in different words
Sorry I meant sadlers but I pad puts in different words tjcossington
  • Score: -1

3:49pm Wed 28 May 14

tjcossington says...

This is very true lots of charity's came to the bootsale always having free pitches free dress rail free tables they were always look after very well
This is very true lots of charity's came to the bootsale always having free pitches free dress rail free tables they were always look after very well tjcossington
  • Score: -2

3:53pm Wed 28 May 14

andy:) says...

tysons wrote:
I have just read all these comments about the Stevensons Boot Fayre, it seems to me that most people on here just make comments to see themselves in print. What has the injunction put on this man got to do with any of these comments. The FACTS are an injunction has been put on him, and his civil rights taken away with no explanation given. Anyone can do 14 weeks without planning permission except him. Is he the only person in the land that does not have the right to his civil rights. Anybody has a right to dislike boot fayres in general, but we are talking about the law here . not personal opinion. and the law says he can do 14 weeks. without planning permission. Also i must just make one other comment in all the years he has run this boot the man gave charity stalls a free stall over the years he must have helped raise thousands upon thousands for charity. no body ever mentions the good do they?
You make a good point, I personally dont care about boot fairs, but it is rather odd that this injunction was awarded, what judicial scutiny did it have ?. Or does BC now seek injunctions on anyone they dont like.

There appears to be very little explanation from BC about what is going on here. Why did they assume he would stop ?, On what grounds was the injunction given ?
[quote][p][bold]tysons[/bold] wrote: I have just read all these comments about the Stevensons Boot Fayre, it seems to me that most people on here just make comments to see themselves in print. What has the injunction put on this man got to do with any of these comments. The FACTS are an injunction has been put on him, and his civil rights taken away with no explanation given. Anyone can do 14 weeks without planning permission except him. Is he the only person in the land that does not have the right to his civil rights. Anybody has a right to dislike boot fayres in general, but we are talking about the law here . not personal opinion. and the law says he can do 14 weeks. without planning permission. Also i must just make one other comment in all the years he has run this boot the man gave charity stalls a free stall over the years he must have helped raise thousands upon thousands for charity. no body ever mentions the good do they?[/p][/quote]You make a good point, I personally dont care about boot fairs, but it is rather odd that this injunction was awarded, what judicial scutiny did it have ?. Or does BC now seek injunctions on anyone they dont like. There appears to be very little explanation from BC about what is going on here. Why did they assume he would stop ?, On what grounds was the injunction given ? andy:)
  • Score: 3

4:06pm Wed 28 May 14

Essex_DJ says...

Maybe they want to drive the extra trade to Sadlers where if you look at how much money went into the road layout specifically for this Boot Fair location, someone at the Councils got a hand in this pitch somewhere?
Maybe they want to drive the extra trade to Sadlers where if you look at how much money went into the road layout specifically for this Boot Fair location, someone at the Councils got a hand in this pitch somewhere? Essex_DJ
  • Score: 9

4:39pm Wed 28 May 14

runwellian says...

Both boot sales cause so much congestion they are in the wrong place. It is also a fact that many stall holders are folk earning living and possible claiming benefits too! Time the DWP paid a visit!

I have nothing against boot sales but the congestion on the roads around these areas spoils any day out.
Both boot sales cause so much congestion they are in the wrong place. It is also a fact that many stall holders are folk earning living and possible claiming benefits too! Time the DWP paid a visit! I have nothing against boot sales but the congestion on the roads around these areas spoils any day out. runwellian
  • Score: -1

7:00pm Wed 28 May 14

BasildonDond says...

runwellian wrote:
Both boot sales cause so much congestion they are in the wrong place. It is also a fact that many stall holders are folk earning living and possible claiming benefits too! Time the DWP paid a visit!

I have nothing against boot sales but the congestion on the roads around these areas spoils any day out.
A few extra minutes spent in a traffic queue - hardly "spolis any day out" !!
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Both boot sales cause so much congestion they are in the wrong place. It is also a fact that many stall holders are folk earning living and possible claiming benefits too! Time the DWP paid a visit! I have nothing against boot sales but the congestion on the roads around these areas spoils any day out.[/p][/quote]A few extra minutes spent in a traffic queue - hardly "spolis any day out" !! BasildonDond
  • Score: -5

3:05pm Thu 29 May 14

I care about rayleigh says...

There are too many large boot sales sites clogging up the roads on Sunday mornings. One fewer - good.
There are too many large boot sales sites clogging up the roads on Sunday mornings. One fewer - good. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 2

10:43am Wed 4 Jun 14

Zepherseven says...

runwellian wrote:
Both boot sales cause so much congestion they are in the wrong place. It is also a fact that many stall holders are folk earning living and possible claiming benefits too! Time the DWP paid a visit!

I have nothing against boot sales but the congestion on the roads around these areas spoils any day out.
My wife and. I love boot sales. We go every week, anyway traffic is bad anyway.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Both boot sales cause so much congestion they are in the wrong place. It is also a fact that many stall holders are folk earning living and possible claiming benefits too! Time the DWP paid a visit! I have nothing against boot sales but the congestion on the roads around these areas spoils any day out.[/p][/quote]My wife and. I love boot sales. We go every week, anyway traffic is bad anyway. Zepherseven
  • Score: 0

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