Trading Standards Information and Advice: Bogus council workers warning

Trading Standards is warning people to be on their guard if offered work by people claiming to be from the County Council’s Highways Department.

Alerts have gone out to local businesses, schools, local councils and GP surgeries after incidents last summer when people claimed to part of the Councils Highways Department - or working in association with them – and offered line marking of car parks, on the basis that spare paint was left over from jobs being done nearby.

Unfortunately those people that did agree to work being carried out soon found themselves in a situation where the price had risen dramatically as more work was carried out than agreed.

Rupert Clubb, Director of Economy, Transport & Environment, said: “We are very concerned that these bogus Highway workers could try the same thing again this year. None of the companies who work for the County Council would ever approach people offering any service in this way. Any individual or company that does make this type of approach does not represent the Council, East Sussex Highways, May Gurney or any of our supply chain partners.”

To verify claims being made contact the Highways Department directly on 0345 60 80 193, or if you have concerns about cold callers, you can contact East Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service on 01323 463430.