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Selwyn Times: February 07, 2017

Selwyn Times: February 07,

FREE TUESday FEBRUaRy 7 2017 379 7100 Selwyn Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Come and see us for a full supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. OPEN 7 DAYS Phone 349 5952 Cnr Springs Rd & Marshs Rd, Prebbleton (next to Milanese Restaurant) Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass Easter trading up for discussion • By Tom Doudney SELWYN residents and businesses will be asked to weigh in on whether trading on Easter Sunday should be allowed in the district and if so where. The community’s views will inform a report to be provided to the district council in September setting out Easter trading options for it to consider. A district council report to tomorrow’s meeting said “a representative survey of residents and engagement with stakeholder groups is considered appropriate to consult and involve the community at this stage of the process.” The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016 has given councils the power to adopt a policy enabling shops to trade within all or parts of their districts on Easter Sunday. Since the amendment act was passed the district council has received two letters, both requesting that Easter Sunday trading not be allowed. The act already allows dairies, service centres, pharmacies, take away food sellers, restaurants, cafes, souvenir stores, duty free shops and garden centres to trade on Easter Sunday. For those businesses not permitted to trade, doing so comes with a fine of up to $1000. The district council report said it was unlikely a significant number of Selwyn retailers not currently permitted to open on Easter Sunday would want to, as many were not open on Sundays anyway. “Generally only the major chain stores (including supermarkets, The Warehouse and Hammer Hardware), are open on Sundays. These stores may wish to have the option of trading on Easter Sundays,” the report said. A region-wide approach with a single consistent policy covering Canterbury or the South Island would be “desirable” but it was “highly improbable” that all councils would share the same view on Easter trading hours. Leeston Hammer Hardware owners Jeff and Bronwen Quigley said they were not sure if they would open on Easter Sunday if given the choice and would have to think about it. An owner operator of the Selwyn branch of one major chain store, who declined to be identified, said he would be keen to open on Easter Sunday. “I think there is demand, I think people are keen to shop on days like that,” he said. Clowning around ELEVATED: Hayley Everett, 8, catches a ride with clown Adam Allsorts at the Springston Picnic in the Park on Thursday. The event, held at the Springston Domain, featured bouncy castles, face painting, a free sausage sizzle and bicycles of all kinds. PHOTO: GEORGIA O’CONNOR-HARDING Your local luxury Convenient Location Free Car Parking Local Luxury of Choice Find out more about our stores at 70-76 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston | 9 Masefield Drive (entry from Countdown and McCauley Street) ANZ Portabank | ASB ATM | BNZ | Coffee Culture | Corianders | Expoz’ Art | Fascino Shoes | Harcourt’s | helloworld | Highgate Hair Monkey Spices | Postie | Ray White | Robert Harris | Rolleston Bakery | Rolleston Central Health | Rolleston Drycleaners Rolleston Florist and Gifts | Rolleston Haircuts | Snap Fitness | Subway | Unichem | Viva La Moda | The Warehouse | Westpac Ph 03 347 9192 Proudly managed by Colliers Real Estate Management Limited