Letter from Burgess Hill Town Council|
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed
changes to the Sunday Observance Act 1964. This was considered
at a recent meeting of the Planning Committee where Members' comments
were as follows:
"The Council broadly
welcomes this Consultation Paper. This Council agrees with the
overall thrust of the lifting of restrictions on Sunday activity
as outlined in the report. The updating of laws dating back to
the 18th century is overdue.
- Ref. 20 line 7 - wholly agree and therefore the
changes are necessary.
- Ref. 8 and 22 "other than Easter" -
this assumes a totally practising Christian population, which
is not the case in the United Kingdom. (Reference the National
Statistics 13.24 & 13.25). Of a population of approximately
58 million, 38.1 declare themselves to be of a Christian religion,
but of those numbers only 11 million attend religious services
once a week. For those who are practising Christian, Easter is
the most important festival, therefore licensing should take this
into account in not causing a disturbance around churches over
Good Friday to Easter Sunday.
- Ref. 30 - Staff should be able to opt out of
working on any one regular day of the week, which their religion
regards as holy.
- Ref. 36 - Wholly agree and welcome this updating
to come into line with modern life."
If you require any further information please do
not hesitate to contact me.
David Carden, Town Clerk
25 August 1999