So many people are approaching me about all sorts of issues since I became the Conservative candidate here in Montgomeryshire - more than when I was Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales. When I've been away for a few days, its a job to catch up. I wouldn't mind having Phill back to help. I'm quite surprised by some of the issues. Here's two from today's mail.
First up is the cost of trade refuse disposal. The business concerned wanted to dispose of three domestic sized freezers, one fridge and a grill. The quotation from Powys County Council to collect and dispose of them was £744.50. I had no idea that such huge amounts were being demanded. If I was running a small business, and faced with this sort of expense, I could well be tempted to just leave them somewhere uncollected. What makes it seem so unfair is that the same equipment from a 'domestic' premises are collected and disposed of free of charge. Seems to me that there's quite a large grey area here. Anyone with any suggestions about what advice I should give?
Another issue raised with me today was the need for an Energy Performance Certificate on any property before it can be let - a new requirement from today. This EPC cost £55. Since there is no consequent requirement on the property owner to take any action whatsoever, it seems to me a complete waste of time and money. Anyway, I called in on the letting agent this morning to find out more. I was told that no prospective purchaser had ever asked for sight of any HIPS information or a EPC (which has been reqiuired for a sale for some time) before a property has been sold. We're talking hundredds of sales here. What on earth is the point?
I cannot do anything about either of these issues, except comment on the madness of it all, thus adding in a tiny way to the seething mass of resentment that must surely one day explode and lead to an outbreak of common sense.