Local traders and residents in South Oxfordshire 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 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 South Oxfordshire 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 council will submit their response to the proposals, however before doing so they want to hear how residents and local businesses may be affected if the changes go ahead.
Cllr Robert Simister, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Devolved powers would be a big change in how Sunday trading works so it’s very important for us to listen to what people think and ensure our response to government accurately reflects people’s views.”
SouthOxBiz would like to hear your views on the proposals. To have your say please visit our Sunday trading consultation page.
The consultation closes on Thursday 10 September.
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