So, I’m in the process of starting a business with a couple of mates at the moment (yes, I do have mates – well, two of them anyway), and some of the shit we’ve had to take from the Council is just ridiculous. The hoops we’ve jumped through to get the plans passed fall just short of dropping to the knees and unzipping, but I’ll not go into that.
Imagine then, the frustration when you see what other people get away with around the town, supposedly controlled by the same Council. People openly flaunting the planning regulations everywhere you look. For example; Putting plastic windows and doors in listed buildings, erecting make-shift signs and my favourite hate, the positioning of satellite dishes.
Just walk down my road in any direction and there’s dozens of dishes on houses that break planning regulations. I bet there are on your road too. Dishes on the front of the house, just above head height. Not where they should be, but where it’s easiest and cheapest for the installer to put them. Bloody Sky TV. Not only that, some houses have two of them, one being half the size of Jodrell Bank. I think that’s so all the foreigners around here can watch their own telly and/or porn. Fair play!
The point I’m trying to make here is how the Council seem to have double standards, making businesses like mine and others adhere to the letter of the rules, yet letting other people openly ignore them. All they’d have to do to get out of the financial shit is walk down my end of town and fine everyone with a satellite dish in the wrong place 50 quid. Bastards.