Rogue Traders - Driveways 2/08/2010

posted 27 Aug 2010, 11:18 by Yateley NW Sec

Warning - Rogue Traders are cold calling in Oakley, Basingstoke  and surrounding areas of Hampshire offering to carryout work on driveways etc.  They are not providing consumers with the required notice of right to cancel, which gives consumers a 7 day cooling off period and  they are starting work before this period ends without any written consent from householders.  

Householders are advised that recent changes to planning laws have resulted in planning permission being required for some block paving and tarmac work on driveways.  Further advice on these requirements can be obtained from your local authority Planning Department.  The onus in obtaining this permission lies with the householder and not the business carrying out this work and some traders appear to be abusing this position.

If anyone has any information about these traders or requires any advice on doorstep crime they can contact Hampshire County Council's Quick Response Team on 01962 833666, where specially trained officers are on hand to provide assistance.

Hampshire Trading Standards Service always advise residents to say “No” to all doorstep cold callers and if they require any work/service carried out on their property to consider using a trader that has been recommended to them or the Hampshire County Council Buy With Confidence approved trader scheme, details of which can be found online at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk   or by  calling Consumer   Direct  on 08454 040506
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