What Whitehall doesn't know is that Blackpool councils have been doing there own thing for ages.
Outdated laws join the scrap heap
A host of outdated local laws are set the join the scrapheap of legislation the coalition government is prepared to eliminate.
Blackpool Borough Council's law from 1887 prohibiting the practice of 'carpet-beating' or the hanging of towels on the promenade would also seem to be a likely candidate for the chop.
Councils will still require approval by local residents before carrying through their raft of abolitions.
Grant Shapps, local government minister, sang the praises of the policy, saying: "Let's get rid of those things, and this government wants to hand the power to do those things to local communities, which surely can't be a bad thing.
"We believe that rather than everything having to revert to Whitehall, 'the minister knows best', instead, local communities should have those powers, and that's what we're going to give them today."Read more at www.politics.co.uk