I think I've just won a skirmish with a local council.
They have removed the pre-opening checklist for businesses from their website due to doubts on it's legality and reading between the lines on their e-mail each and every business can operate to any conditions they like a long a steely ahem a risk assessment to prove they they have thought about thinks and how to operate:
"Further to your email dated 2 July 2020, I am now able to respond on behalf of the Leader of the Council to the points raised in your email dated 19 June 2020.
Thank you for drawing to my attention your concerns regarding the content of the checklist provided on the website for the County Council’s Enterprise Centre. The checklist was intended to be helpful guidance for the Enterprise Centre businesses planning to reopen during the current pandemic, however, I can see how some areas of the checklist may need further clarification and will be updated. The checklist has now been taken off the County’s website. The Business Enterprise Tenant’s will therefore need to refer to guidance direct from the government website.
In relation to your query raised regarding risk assessments, Staffordshire County Council are a landlord for a number of properties, including the Enterprise Centres, which are start-up businesses. The County Council manages the Centres and supports the tenants. However, the responsibility for any risks assessments for their particular business and employees lies directly with the individual tenants. As you will appreciate the businesses on the Enterprise Centres owned by the County Council are diverse and will need to be managed day to day by the Tenants who run those businesses, although the County Council will seek to assist wherever possible.
You also queried costs and installation of street signage and pavement markings to ensure safer visits to High Streets etc. I can advise you that the social distancing posters and footway markings are being provided by the District and Borough Councils using their local share of the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund (£50m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)). I therefore have no information as the costs surrounding this and can only suggest that you contact your District or Borough Council if you wish to have this information."
I have answered him nice and politely:
"Thank you very much for taking the time to address some of my concerns and look further into the others.
It is heartening to know that someone in authority, once appraised that there are legality issues with following and attempting to enforce guidance that has no standing in law and following centralised diktat from government as if it has legal standing when it does not, has taken steps to look into the matters in depth.
Since March we seem to have descended into rule by ministerial fiat, press announcements and Statutory Instruments based on “expert” advice which does not stand up to scrutiny with zero Parliamentary oversight and supine MPs which is not how the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (to give it the full and correct name) is ruled.
It is not quite how “the mother of all parliaments” likes to portray itself as real life leaves the image wanting.
Once again, thank you for your e-mail, it was most enlightening."