The excesses of bureaucracy

I heard a property developer colleague last week talking about the excesses of bureaucracy in the construction industry.

He’s been burdened with Health and Safety legislation and employment law, but last week faced a pernicious new rulebook.

It seems his architect was asked to produce the ‘Environmental Waste Strategy” for their latest housebuilding project, accounting for any scrap materials left over from the site work.

But just when he thought he’d navigated this new set of rules, the bureaucrats also asked that the plans be redrawn so that every room size would be an exact multiple of an 8′ x 4’ sheet, so as to minimise plasterboard waste.

Rather than creating knee-jerk and obstructive legislation like this, wouldn’t it be good if the bureaucrats addressed real world issues like the amount of excess packaging in our supermarkets?

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