‘Sunday should be family time’
Traders react to change in regulations
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.”
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”.