Belfast City Council are consulting on whether to use legislation to designate Belfast as a ‘holiday resort’. The consultation lasts until 5 May 2017.
Designating Belfast as a ‘holiday resort’ would mean that large stores would be able to open at any time on a Sunday for up to 18 Sundays (other than Easter Sunday) between 1 March and 30 September.
Why is that bad?
- More and more large stores would open on Sundays, meaning that more shopworkers would have to work longer hours.
- This would mean that shopworkers and their families and friends would struggle to spend time together.
- Large stores would out compete small, local shops who can currently open longer than large ones. These shops often play an important role in local communities.
- These points would mean that there would be a negative impact on local communities, with fewer local facilities available and shopworkers unable to take part in social, sporting or religious activities.
- If Belfast decides to do this, there will be pressure on other areas for large stores to open longer meaning that the problem will spread.