Friday 31 March, 2017
There will be no changes to the current Easter holiday trading rules in Ashburton District this year, after Ashburton District Council voted against adopting an Easter Sunday Trading Policy for the 2017 year.
Under changes to the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016, territorial authorities can now adopt policies deciding if local businesses can trade on Easter Sunday.
A Council report, tabled at the 23 February meeting found there was little demand for a policy at this time.
"We consulted with local businesses earlier this year and found there was little demand, with only one out of 80 retailers approached indicating a desire for a policy. Council will again look at this issue in the next financial year, but at this stage it will be business as usual for local retailers this Easter," Council Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says.
Council made a decision to investigate the demand for an Easter Sunday Trading Policy at the December 2016 Council meeting.