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No thought given to effect on firms

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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TWO more North Devon attractions, the Milky Way and Big Sheep, have criticised the Government for failing to consider the effect the law would have on businesses.

Big Sheep director Rick Turner said business was already being affected.

He said: "We had our busiest day for 25 years on October 31 but two weeks before that was our quietest week for 10 years.

"Fine, don't take your children on holiday when they're preparing for exams but for a large part of the year it makes virtually zero difference."

Mr Turner said he believed children would pick up far more information about the countryside and animals at the Big Sheep than they would in the classroom.

He said: "There's been absolutely no thought or consideration for the effects this law would have on businesses."

Milky Way partner Tara Stanbury said business had been quieter since the law was introduced.

She said: "The holiday periods are fine but outside of holidays we've definitely been quieter.

"We haven't seen the worst of it, we'll have to wait and see what happens this summer."

Mrs Stanbury said businesses had not been consulted prior to the law being passed, adding: "I don't think the Government considered the full impact the law would have on businesses."

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