Crack down on cold callers

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Nuisance salesman are being targeted by a campaign to crack down on cold callers in Seaford.

A No Cold Calling Zone covering the whole town was launched on Saturday March 24.

The scheme got underway at the Seaford & Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch AGM after the organisation teamed up with Sussex Police, East Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards Service and Seaford Town Council to set up the project.

Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Economy, Transport & Environment at the county council, said, “Setting up a zone is a warning to cold callers to keep out.

“We give local residents information that shows them how to deal with unexpected callers and signs are put up on the main routes to show that the area is designated as a No Cold Calling Zone.

“Rogue traders are a real menace and tend to target older or vulnerable people in the community and victims can literally have their lives ruined by the practices of some cold callers. I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to work with our partners to provide this scheme.”

Residents attending the launch at the Crossways Centre had the opportunity to hear more information about the scheme and talk to people about crime prevention, home security and get advice from the county council’s Trading Standards Service.

The Seaford No Cold Calling Zone will be the first in the county to reflect resident’s wishes that charities and other fundraisers can continue to call within the town providing they have been granted a licence by Lewes District Council.

If a member of the public wishes to verify the validity of a caller’s licence they must contact Seaford Town Council.