The well-known Tesco Express supermarket in Herbert Terrace Penarth has been found not to be in breach of the Sunday Trading Act following an anonymous complaint made to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning department
The allegation made against Tesco had claimed that its “retail area” [i.e. the interior size of the store] “exceeds the prescribed retail area for a small store (Sunday Trading Act 1994) and appears to be operating in contravention with regard to Sunday opening hours”.
Tesco Express is open 7 days a week and advertises its opening hours 7 days a week 06:00 – 23:00
In 2014 a public opinion poll found 72% of people across the UK thought they should be able to shop whenever it was convenient for them – but a proposed amendments to the Deregulation Bill were rejected in the House of Commons . A proposal in the 2015 Budget to relax the Sunday trading for shops with a trading area of over 3,000 square feet was defeated in a House of Commons vote.
Mr Tony Harris who stood as a Penarth First Independent candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan Council in the 2017 local council elections has criticised the anonymous person who has lodged the complaint against Tesco.
Mr Harris says “So a person or persons unknown measured the inside of the shop in plain sight and nobody noticed.What on earth does this sad numpty hope to achieve?”
Mr Harris says “Its hard enough on the High Street as it is. Prezzo is going to be empty soon – so go and measure that.” he tells the anonymous complainant.
Later the Vale of Glamorgan Council planning department carried out an investigation and confirmed that Tesco is operating within the law and is not in breach of Sunday Trading regulations .