Dis­ap­point­ment at hol­i­day shift

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

AHor­sham busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tive is lead­ing ob­jec­tions to a Hor­sham mu­nic­i­pal de­ci­sion to change a pub­lic hol­i­day from Mel­bourne Cup Tues­day on Novem­ber 7 to Hor­sham Cup on Fri­day, Novem­ber 3.

Hor­sham Plaza man­ager Al­li­son Roberts has writ­ten to Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil, de­tail­ing con­cerns on be­half of plaza busi­nesses, af­ter sur­veys re­gard­ing the pro­posal.

She has also ad­dressed the let­ter to the Hor­sham com­mu­nity, as well as Hor­sham coun­cil­lors and The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser ed­i­tor and provided sur­vey de­tails.

Fol­low­ing is her let­ter, which she has asked the coun­cil to ta­ble at its next meet­ing.

SIR, – RE: Mel­bourne Cup Day-hor­sham Cup Day and Hor­sham Plaza Shop­ping Cen­tre.

We voice our strong­est ob­jec­tion and ex­treme dis­ap­point­ment at Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil for chang­ing the pub­lic hol­i­day away from Mel­bourne Cup Day.

Why con­duct a sur­vey if you are not go­ing to lis­ten to the re­spon­dents?

The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser, May 3, 2017 re­ported: “…the high­est re­sponse was for Mel­bourne Cup day with 36.8 per­cent of re­spon­dents vot­ing to re­main with the sta­tus quo.”

This de­ci­sion shows lit­tle re­spect for the Hor­sham com­mu­nity and Hor­sham busi­nesses.

His­tory shows Hor­sham Plaza door traf­fic is ex­tremely low on Mel­bourne Cup Day.

Last year our Tues­day door traf­fic was 2100, less than half of an av­er­age Tues­day, and most of the vis­its were be­fore noon.

Analysis shows 55 per­cent of Hor­sham Plaza traf­fic is from Hor­sham and the bal­ance from the greater re­gion.

There will be con­fu­sion as the greater re­gion will not be aware of the Hor­sham pub­lic hol­i­day on the Fri­day.

It is also un­for­tu­nate that five weeks prior, we have to ob­serve a statewide AFL pub­lic hol­i­day Fri­day, but un­der­stand that is out of lo­cal con­trol.

We at­tended a meet­ing con­ducted by Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil’s Matt Gould who is aim­ing to build on ex­ist­ing town events and gen­er­ate new events on the cup week­end to as­sist busi­nesses.

How­ever, it is pos­si­ble that many staff mem­bers will take the Mon­day as a ros­tered day off and go away for a four-day week­end.

We have un­der­taken a small sur­vey of schools and banks and have learned that schools will be open on the Fri­day hol­i­day when work­ing par­ents have the day off.

On the Tues­day, schools will be closed when the par­ents are work­ing – what a mess.

Has any­one con­sid­ered the day-care is­sue for the chil­dren?

Most lo­cal schools are closed on the Mon­day for an an­nual cur­ricu­lum day.

Fur­ther­more, we have sur­veyed our own stores and it is dif­fi­cult to get an ac­cu­rate in­di­ca­tion, with many of our stores be­ing na­tional stores. How­ever, this gives us a gen­eral in­di­ca­tion.

Hor­sham Plaza is al­ways sup­port­ive of com­mu­nity and lo­cal events, how­ever feels that mov­ing the pub­lic hol­i­day to a Fri­day is not in the best in­ter­ests of the Hor­sham com­mu­nity and all busi­nesses in town which are rate pay­ers.

Mel­bourne Cup is the race that stops a na­tion, how­ever, the Hor­sham Cup pub­lic hol­i­day is the day that will stop Hor­sham. Al­li­son Roberts Hor­sham Plaza Cen­tre man­ager On be­half of Hor­sham Plaza re­tail­ers Shop­ping

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