Eas­ing Easter trad­ing rules on the cards

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

South Waikato shops may soon join Christ in com­ing back to life on Easter Sun­day.

The South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil is set to un­der­take pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on re­lax­ing cur­rent Easter trad­ing reg­u­la­tions.

Cur­rent pol­icy only per­mits ser­vice sta­tions, dairies, cafes, restau­rants, and gar­den cen­tres to open but Gov­ern­ment leg­isla­tive changes to the Shop Trad­ing Hours Act in Au­gust 2016 means the coun­cil can now de­cide whether or not to al­low all busi­nesses to open with­out penalty.

While the idea was dis­missed by the coun­cil last year, it’s now set to gauge pub­lic opin­ion over a three week pe­riod in late Oc­to­ber, early Novem­ber.

Plan­ning man­ager Alan Moss said there were a num­ber of op­tions avail­able to the coun­cil.

‘‘There is a gen­eral con­sen­sus in the com­mu­nity that Easter Sun­day may well be a day that could be opened for trade, there is a shift to­wards this,’’ he said.

‘‘The coun­cil may choose to just not have the Easter Trad­ing Pol­icy, in other words re­tain the sta­tus quo, adopt a pol­icy that in­cludes all ar­eas of the dis­trict, or de­velop a pol­icy that de­fines spe­cific ar­eas like Leith Pl or maybe Ti­rau’s town cen­tre.’’

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