Regulation in theory and practice

We have had a number of discussions with Councillors and officers about regulation where they seem to confuse the fact that regulations exist to control something with whether something is actually being regulated in practice.

The latest example arose in conjunction with the consultation over busking where we pointed out that a number of other people and groups created noise which adversely affected others quality of life and in particular licensed premises who blare music onto the streets in the early house of the morning. We were told that the latter did not need to be discussed as the were “already regulated”.

A walk down George Street, North Parade or Pierrepont Street in the early hours of Saturday or Sunday morning would quickly establish that this is not the case.