Rules and regulations
MANY people complain about seemingly over-zealous rules and regulations. And there is no doubt that taken individually many environmental health, planning and trading standards rules seem over authoritative. An example might be the selling of fruit or vegetables. In fruit shops even individual bananas are weighed although oranges might be sold at 30p each. A bag of oranges is usually weighed and for that to happen a set of standardised scales are used. Weights and measures are an important part of retail life to ensure that customers get what they pay for. It always seems that bigger businesses, which are perceived to have more money, can meet every challenging rule. Equally in Kintyre, as everywhere, there are many small operators who comply and are successful. To claim as one business owner did this week that they did not have time to comply with the rules is no excuse when others have to abide by the regulations. It is completely unrealistic to expect a council to apply some discretion to one business and not to another.