Ipswich public have mixed views on proposal to extend Sunday trading hours

Shopping on the Cornhill, Ipswich town centre

Shopping on the Cornhill, Ipswich town centre - Credit: Simon Parker

Members of the public have been voicing their thoughts on proposals to change Sunday trading laws in Ipswich.

Parliament is debating whether to allow shops to open for longer, between 9am and 7pm.

But on the Ipswich Star Facebook page opinions are divided on whether it would benefit the town centre.

Alex Malcolm wrote: “Maybe having more attractive shops/brands and cheaper parking would help. Retail staff having to work more hours on a Sunday is a joke, they do have families as well.”

Steve Goddard added: “Extending hours is not even remotely relevant. In terms of the shopping offer and street atmosphere the town is third division.

“Ipswich needs to up its game to match Norwich and Cambridge but before that it might help if it can rival Bury St Edmunds.”

However Anthony Palmer said: “In the world of changing shopping habits with 24/7 access online something needs to change. If this can help high streets then great.”

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Dawn Evans wrote: “I’ve always worked in retail and always worked on a Sunday so it’s nothing new to me. Small businesses may benefit from opening on Sundays.”