Local councillors have presented a petition to the Lichfield & Tamworth Chamber of Commerce showing local residents support for Tamworth’s town centre shops opening on Sundays.
The petition containing nearly 1000 signatures was accompanied with two giant post cards signed by Tamworth shoppers.
The petition was presented by Conservative councillors to Marilyn Castree, Divisional Director of Lichfield & Tamworth Chamber of Commerce.
Marilyn Castree said, “Tamworth is really putting itself on the map and is becoming a flagship town. Tourism is a huge part of the UK economy and Tamworth, as part of the fabulous county of Staffordshire, has more than its fair share of offerings.
The Chamber of Commerce would encourage retailers to open their doors for Sunday shopping as there is real opportunity to do business and for Tamworth to add to its status of working towards being a town of choice.“
Cllr Daniel Cook, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council said, “The council is doing a lot to bring residents, visitors and tourists into the town centre. We need to come together as a town to support our town centre shops and help support them.
“Parking is free in all council car parks on Sundays so why not pop in on a Sunday. The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce partnership will give businesses the opportunity to get involved on the wider regional stage whilst promoting and championing the economic needs of Tamworth.
“All local businesses are encouraged to take the opportunity to explore how they can maximise Chamber membership by getting involved, whether on a local or regional basis. Businesses wishing to join the Tamworth Chamber of Commerce can call them on 08450 710 191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Robert Pritchard, who launched the campaign last year said, “I called at the 2010 State of the Borough Debate for town centre businesses, the public and the council to work together to make Sunday a town centre trading day. This is not something the council can do alone but something the whole town can work together to achieve.
“Tamworth Town Centre trading on Sunday can only be good for Tamworth, its economy and local job prospects. The town centre being an even better trading environment will attract even more high street shops and restaurants to Tamworth. Local Councillors are passionate about the town centre and want to work with local businesses to improve our town for everyone.”
Tamworth Borough Council already holds many outdoor events on Sundays which attract thousands of people to Tamworth. Recently the Staffordshire Hoard Display brought over 18,000 people to Tamworth Town Centre.