Ok, people. I have a question regarding the septic tanks furore.
Could a demand by the EU or the Department of the Environment to upgrade an EXISTING septic tank be construed as being illegal as it is an application of retrospective legislation?
To digress slightly, but only slightly, the government has made the argument that it cannot take retrospective action in relation to such as bankers pensions or lump sums, etc. So how can a demand to upgrade that which was perfectly legal at the time of its construction be legally enforceable?
I could well understand and give a grudging support to the notion that from the time of the directive being implemented, that henceforth all new dwellings be subject to the new standard, but not, as I say, retrospective actions. Otherwise what new demands could be made for principle residences or indeed other aspects to our lives?
I don't know for certain what is the correct answer, but I would like to throw it open to the floor.
No tyre kickers, please.