‘No cold calling’ plan launched

Left to right PCSO Andy Edwards, Coun Cheryl Little, Steven Brimble, Lead Officer Trading Standards, Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service and Police Community Volunteer, Thomas Malley.
Left to right PCSO Andy Edwards, Coun Cheryl Little, Steven Brimble, Lead Officer Trading Standards, Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service and Police Community Volunteer, Thomas Malley.
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A new scheme aimed at cracking down on cold callers in Fylde has been launched by police, Fylde Council and Trading Standards.

Neighbourhood policing officers in Ansdell have teamed up with Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards Service to launch a new ‘No Cold Calling’ scheme in the Kingsway and Channing Road areas of Ansdell.

PCSO Andy Edwards said: “No Cold Calling Zones act as a deterrent to unwanted door-step callers and give residents the confidence to say ‘no’ to doorstep sellers who can sometimes be persistent or aggressive to residents. The scheme will greatly improve feelings of safety for residents in Ansdell.”

The crackdown on unwanted door-step callers is aimed at reassuring and protecting residents, particularly the most vulnerable.

Coun Cheryl Little from Fylde Council added: “The launch of this scheme is an excellent example of partnership working within our local community and I whole-heartedly approve of this scheme”

County Coun Janice Hanson, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for public protection and waste, said: “I’m very pleased that residents on Channing Road and Kingsway have joined together to back the scheme. This sends an important message to the rogues not to come knocking here.

“Each year, Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service receives hundreds of complaints from Lancashire householders who have experienced problems with doorstep traders carrying out work on their homes that is of poor quality or is vastly overpriced.”