‘Sun­day should be fam­ily time’

Traders re­act to change in reg­u­la­tions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SHOPS in South Bucks could be al­lowed to open for longer on Sun­days af­ter rad­i­cal new plans were an­nounced in y yesterday’s bud­get.

But busi­ness own­ers and work­ers have said they work hard enough as it is and that any re­lax­ation to the Sun­day trad­ing hours would be d detri­men­tal to fam­ily life.

As The Advertiser went t to press Ge­orge Os­borne was ex­pected to an­nounce plans to give coun­cils power to al­ter trad­ing hours. The scheme hopes to pro­tect high street re­tail­ers against the rise of online shop­ping.

More in­come would be gen­er­ated by the ex­tra sales but vil­lagers have ex­pressed con­cerns over the sort of im­pact work­ing more hours would have.

Sue Smith, owner at Bucks House, The Green, Chal­font St Giles, said: “It doesn’t re­ally af­fect us to be hon­est. I don’t plan on open­ing on a Sun­day, I open six days a week as it is.”

She added: “I think that week­ends are a fam­ily time any­way.”

Kirsti Gil­roy, speak­ing on be­half of the man­ager at Gil­roy In­te­ri­ors, Sta­tion Road, Ger­rards Cross, said: “The man­ager won’t want to open on Sun­days and he wouldn’t want to do late open­ing.

“Our days are long enough as it is and they don’t feel the need.” She added: “We use Sun­days for ev­ery­one to have a day off and it would be a com­plete night­mare staffing wise as well.”

Speak­ing be­fore

the an­nounce­ment Ginette Gower, head of PR and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Thames Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce said the re­lax­ation of Sun­day trad­ing laws is “good news for con­sumers”.

She added: “The im­pact on the lo­cal econ­omy will also be felt as more peo­ple are in towns and re­tail parks for longer, mean­ing other as­so­ci­ated busi­nesses such as pubs and restau­rants will also ben­e­fit.

“How­ever, putting all our eggs in the bas­ket of con­sumer spend will not de­liver long-term, sus­tain­able, growth for the UK econ­omy.

“The gov­ern­ment needs to fo­cus on pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional trade and ex­port – that is how we can re­bal­ance the econ­omy and help achieve our growth am­bi­tions”.

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