Time to end Sunday trading ban says new HTA president

New HTA president Adam Wigglesworth says Sunday trading laws disadvantage smaller garden centres and they need changing.

HTA's Carol Paris, Adam Wigglesworth and Stan Green
HTA's Carol Paris, Adam Wigglesworth and Stan Green

Aylett Nurseries director Adam Wigglesworth, who succeeded Stan Green as HTA president this week, said the Sunday trading extension consultation, which also ended this week, is part of a debate helped by 20 years of campaigning by the HTA.

He added: "I’m very enthusiastic about getting it through. The market has changed with internet retailing now is the time the government sees fit to look at it. The right people are pressing the right buttons.

"I feel to a certain extent the smaller retailer has been penalised by the Sunday trading ban because they have not been able to put money into the internet and suffered unduly.

"We need to go with the majority and put our weight behind it," he added.

"We’re closer than we have been for a while."

The law says retailers can't open for more than six hours on Sundays. The latest proposal suggests local councils decide if retailers in their area can open longer.

Wigglesworth added: "One of my concerns, though, is I'd like to see it handled fairly across the country."

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