Sunday trading hours could change – how will this affect your business?
Local traders and residents in the Vale of White Horse are being asked for their views on proposals which could see Sunday trading hours extended for larger shops.
Under arrangements which were established over 20 years ago, large shops with more than 280 square metres of floor space are currently only allowed to open for up to six hours between 10am and 6pm on a Sunday, while smaller premises can open all day.
In response to the changing way people do their shopping the Government has put forward proposals to devolve Sunday trading laws to local councils in order to allow greater flexibility over the hours that large shops can stay open for.
It is hoped that by allowing local flexibility for Sunday trading, consumers will be offered more choice when to shop locally, businesses will have more freedom on opening hours and staff greater opportunity to work on a Sunday.
Under a devolved arrangement, the Vale of White Horse District Council would take on new powers allowing them to determine Sunday trading hours locally and the areas that this would apply to.
This September, the Chamber of Commerce will submit their response to the proposals, however before doing so we want to hear how residents and local businesses may be affected if the changes go ahead.
Please let us know what you think about the proposals. To have your say please visit the consultation page – https://consult.southandvale.gov.uk/public/southandvale/elp/ed/sunday_trading_hours
For further information, go to the Government’s website – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/local-areas-get-their-say-on-sunday-trading
The consultation closes on Thursday 10 September.