Retail & Wholesale

Battle begins to revitalise empty high streets

Ministers want to give local councils powers to revitalise town centres by allowing them to decide which retailers should be able to extend their Sunday trading hours. Today the government will publish a consultation on removing restrictions on Sunday trading for larger shops, which are currently only allowed to open for six hours. But it will also consult on whether to give local authorities complete discretion over where to extend shopping hours as part of efforts to revive struggling high streets. Gary Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association, welcomed the moves, saying it was right that councils, residents and local businesses should decide how to attract business to their local high street.


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