Park home owners targeted by rogue traders


North Somerset park home residents are being warned to be on their guard after a recent rise in rogue-trader activity.

Trading Standards are advising residents not to engage with cold callers and to display a ‘no doorstep traders’ sticker on their door.

Many residents are looking to improve the condition and comfort of their homes but have fallen prey to unscrupulous traders selling repairs and insulation products.

Consumers have been cold called and persuaded that there are significant faults with the property that need to be fixed. The traders may offer to start work immediately, ask for cash payments or rush the consumer into making a decision.

Some consumers have paid thousands of pounds, only for little or no work to be completed. Often, residents are too upset or frightened to complain to Trading Standards.

The warning comes during Trading Standards South West’s Week of Action, a five-day campaign launched on Monday this week to raise awareness of Trading Standards’ consumer protection work.

Cllr Mike Bell, deputy leader of North Somerset Council whose portfolio includes trading standards, said: “By giving consumers the right information, we hope to be able to empower them to say NO to doorstep traders. We hope that communities will be able to spot the problems and report them to Trading Standards so that together we can stop the misery caused by doorstep criminals.”

‘No doorstep traders’ stickers are available at your local library.

For more advice contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506

For more information on Trading Standards South West’s Week of Action, visit www.tssw.org.uk.