15 October 2010

Northamptonshire County Council trading standards is warning local businesses, schools, churches and community groups about door-to-door rogue traders currently operating in the area.

The trading standards service has received numerous reports from local people about rogue traders who are targeting business premises and offering low-cost line painting on roads outside buildings or in car parks.

The traders are claiming to be working on behalf of the council or its contractors and that there is surplus paint to be used following the completion of line marking works. However, work undertaken by rogue traders is likely to be over-priced, completed to a poor standard and cost a large amount to correct.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, County Council Cabinet Member for customers and communities said “Trading standards receive a lot of complaints about rogue traders and bogus callers and we remain committed to fighting this issue. Anyone who needs advice can contact trading standards by telephoning Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.”

The 'Buy With Confidence' scheme details fully vetted and Trading Standards Registered tradesman or business, information can be found online or by calling Northamptonshire County Council 01604 236236.

The public should inform Trading Standards if they, or somebody they know, has been approached by calling 08454 04 05 06 or via tradestd@northamptonshire.gov.uk