HTA launches Sunday trading consultation

The HTA is encouraging members to respond to the government consultation on Sunday trading reforms, launched on the 5th of August. The consultation outlines plans to give local areas the power to allow large shops – including garden centres- to open for longer on Sunday.

The reforms would give metropolitan mayors and local authorities the power to determine Sunday trading rules that reflect the needs of local people and allow shops and high streets to stay open longer and compete with online retailers. Under the current legislation, which is over 20 years old, large stores with over 3,000 sq ft of trading space are prevented from opening for more than six hours.

HTA chief executive Carol Paris said: ?As we have emphasised all along a relaxation of the Sunday trading laws is all about choice – choice for the public to shop when they would like and choice for garden retailers to open when they like. With online trading allowing people to shop 24/7 it is ridiculous that someone can sit and eat in a garden centre restaurant – which are exempt from the law – on a Sunday and order garden product online, but not actually purchase products in store.?

The consultation document can be viewed here: and on Citizens Space here:

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