20/10/2016

Council To Discuss Plans To Extend Sunday Trading Hours

Belfast City Council is to discuss a proposal to change Sunday opening hours for shops which would see specific areas of the city designated as a 'holiday resort'.

The plans would see Sunday trading hours extended for large shops for up to 18 Sundays, other than Easter Sunday, between 01 March and 30 September each year.

The meeting is to take place on Friday, 21 October.

Alliance Councillor Kate Nicholl said it could be the first step towards making the city more accessible and welcoming for tourists.
News Image
She said: "If we are serious about bringing more tourists and more revenue into Belfast and wider across Northern Ireland, we need to look at what makes us a viable destination. When we have a number of major shops which don't open on Sundays, that does not help make our case for a Belfast to work, visit and invest.

"It is understandable people need a day off but there is a balance to be struck in tourist-heavy areas in particular. Recently, I walked through Victoria Square one Sunday morning and came across a group of confused tourists who were keen to spend their money in our shops but were unable to. It is a scene that is repeated across the city every week.

"With the recent EU referendum result and subsequent fall of the pound, we need to be doing all we can to help our city and broader economy. Sunday opening of our shops would be a major step towards doing all that."

(CD/JP)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

20 August 2021
Armagh City Official Contender For UK City Of Culture 2025
Armagh City is among the contenders to be named UK City of Culture 2025, competing against a record number of entrants.
16 November 2021
Belfast City Council Launches 'Buy Belfast' Initiative
A new initiative has been established to help more than 80 Belfast businesses to share and sell their products to thousands of virtual shoppers. The 'Buy Belfast' Virtual Christmas Market was launched as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and is open for business until Monday 20 December.
04 October 2021
Thousands Participate In Belfast City Marathon
Thousands of people participated in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon on Sunday, 03 October. The events included the marathon, team-relay, eight-mile walk and the fun run which all began at Stormont and finished at the Ormeau Park. Michael Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock A.C.
01 October 2021
'Bolder Vision' Strategy Launched For Belfast City Centre
Belfast City Council has launched a 12-week public consultation on the future of the city centre, seeking views on walking, cycling and public transport, connecting communities to the city centre, and creating lively, safe and green streets.
27 September 2021
Belfast Designated World Health Organization European Healthy City
Belfast has been officially designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy City for the seventh phase of the programme. Belfast's ongoing inclusion was confirmed when Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl signed the designation certificate with Belfast Healthy Cities Interim Chair Dr Karen Casson.