The Government said that every new home should be ‘carbon neutral’ within ten years – and existing properties subject to a ‘home energy audit’ to assess how green they are.
Householders would be given access to ‘hassle-free’ renovation services to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. They would be able to ‘buy now, pay later’ for green improvements as their fuel bills decreased.
Zero carbon homes are insulated to reduce heating costs, use solar panels, windpower or other renewable energy sources, are made with environmentally friendly materials and use energy efficient light bulbs and appliances.
And when the cloud cover increases again, the solar power goes bye-bye and these poor folks have to choose which electrical device to run. It’s like voluntarily returning to the dark ages. The UberHippies must be pleased.
It seemed like common sense to shovel it into his wheelbarrow and take it back, load by load, to its rightful place.
But the local council did not share Mr Bulmer’s idea of logic.
Doing that, they told him, would class as fly-tipping, for which the maximum penalty is a £50,000 fine or six months in jail.
Oh, and he would also have his wheelbarrow confiscated.
“I’ve always had problems with sand blowing into my garden but the gales this year have made it much worse,” Mr Bulmer, 79, a retired bank manager, said.
“I asked the council if I could shovel it up and take it across the road and put it back on the beach. They said I could not do that because it constitutes fly-tipping.
“It is crazy. Windblown sand is of high quality – very fine and very clean and I’m sure my sand is cleaner than the sand on the beach which gets covered in dog muck.”
Of course it’s crazy, Mr. Bulmer. It’s a country where the government has way too much power. And as we know, government doesn’t attract the smartest of individuals.
And I complain I have to buy a booster seat for my child.