No change to Easter trading hours for 2017 trading

Not enough time to create new bylaw

Not enough time to create new bylaw

EASTER trading hours in Gisborne next year will be unchanged because district councillors feel there is not enough time to create a new bylaw.

The issue came before the final meeting of the present council after the Government decided to change the Shop Trading Hours Act to allow territorial authorities to decide whether retailers could open on Easter Sunday. Strategic planning manager David Wilson had recommended the council develop an Easter trading policy.

Staff were asking for guidance on the timing of a bylaw, he said. They were conscious of Easter 2017. If the council wished to have a bylaw in place for then, staff would have to act sooner rather than later. Whatever the process, this would go to a hearings panel, there would be submissions and a hearings report would come before the council.

Chief executive Judy Campbell said changes had been made to the delegations manual for issues that had a political and community interest overlay. It would be heard by commissioners of whatever ilk but it would come back to the council to decide whether to adopt the bylaw. That was why the Government had passed it on to local authorities.

Mayor Meng Foon said that was probably for the best so there could be a debate around the table. Submitters could come to the whole council.

Consultation needed

Rehette Stoltz said she and other councillors had been involved in the freedom camping bylaw from the beginning. These things took a lot of time as there was sometimes confusion about the legislation.

“We need proper consultation with the community and why do we need to rush this?” she said. “Why not do it properly instead of trying to fit it in before Easter next year? Do it properly and make sure it is place for Easter 2018.”

Andy Cranston said Heart of Gisborne had met about this and early indications were retailers could favour it on the basis that people could open if they wanted to, rather than having to open.

Heart of Gisborne was a key stakeholder so council must liaise with it. It was certainly not unanimous that members wanted to open.

Brian Wilson suggested the council do some pre-consultation investigation. That was a good way to get a steer from the community as to where it wanted to go. It was not only the retailers, it was the whole community that would need to be consulted.

Larry Foster said it was also a matter for customers. Whether the council liked it or not this was a tourist town and most other tourist towns opened on Sunday. He suggested a trial period next year, which would not commit them to a full time change, but was told that was not possible.

EASTER trading hours in Gisborne next year will be unchanged because district councillors feel there is not enough time to create a new bylaw.

The issue came before the final meeting of the present council after the Government decided to change the Shop Trading Hours Act to allow territorial authorities to decide whether retailers could open on Easter Sunday. Strategic planning manager David Wilson had recommended the council develop an Easter trading policy.

Staff were asking for guidance on the timing of a bylaw, he said. They were conscious of Easter 2017. If the council wished to have a bylaw in place for then, staff would have to act sooner rather than later. Whatever the process, this would go to a hearings panel, there would be submissions and a hearings report would come before the council.

Chief executive Judy Campbell said changes had been made to the delegations manual for issues that had a political and community interest overlay. It would be heard by commissioners of whatever ilk but it would come back to the council to decide whether to adopt the bylaw. That was why the Government had passed it on to local authorities.

Mayor Meng Foon said that was probably for the best so there could be a debate around the table. Submitters could come to the whole council.

Consultation needed

Rehette Stoltz said she and other councillors had been involved in the freedom camping bylaw from the beginning. These things took a lot of time as there was sometimes confusion about the legislation.

“We need proper consultation with the community and why do we need to rush this?” she said. “Why not do it properly instead of trying to fit it in before Easter next year? Do it properly and make sure it is place for Easter 2018.”

Andy Cranston said Heart of Gisborne had met about this and early indications were retailers could favour it on the basis that people could open if they wanted to, rather than having to open.

Heart of Gisborne was a key stakeholder so council must liaise with it. It was certainly not unanimous that members wanted to open.

Brian Wilson suggested the council do some pre-consultation investigation. That was a good way to get a steer from the community as to where it wanted to go. It was not only the retailers, it was the whole community that would need to be consulted.

Larry Foster said it was also a matter for customers. Whether the council liked it or not this was a tourist town and most other tourist towns opened on Sunday. He suggested a trial period next year, which would not commit them to a full time change, but was told that was not possible.

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