Unwanted callers to be left out in the cold

The launch of the No Cold Calling Zone in Selmeston Road
The launch of the No Cold Calling Zone in Selmeston Road

COLD callers will be given the cold-shoulder in Rodmill, following a new scheme launched in the area.

“You’re not welcome here” is the strong message that residents are giving to cold callers in Selmeston Road as their community becomes the latest area in Eastbourne to become a No Cold Calling Zone.

The scheme was officially launched last week when a number of residents joined councillors, Trading Standards and Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership to declare the area a zone which now prevents sales people from calling house to house without first making appointments.

The scheme has been proven to increase community confidence, particularly in the elderly, who are often pressurised into entering unwanted contracts on the doorstep when high pressure sales people call.

Support for the introduction of a No Cold Calling scheme came from residents and local and county councillors.

County councillor Colin Belsey said, “I am delighted we have managed to get the rest of the Rodmill estate into the No Cold Callers Zone. This will improve safety in the area.”

Eastbourne Borough Council member Sandie Howlett said, “We are grateful to the Community Safety Partnership which contributed to the cost of bringing this area into the scheme.”

Councillor Colin Murdoch said, “This could not have been achieved without the hard work of Elizabeth Bowring and the Trading Standards department at ESCC to whom we are most grateful.”

Trading Standards operates a Rapid Action Team that can take action against sellers and companies which ignore No Cold Calling Zones. To report unwanted sellers contact Trading Standards.

No Cold Calling zones do not extend across the whole of the town and the Eastbourne Community Safety Partnership’s advice for residents experiencing doorstep sellers is to keep front and back doors locked, put the chain or bar on the door and check their details carefully but do not let them in.

If in doubt that a caller is genuine ask for their business card and telephone their office and don’t forget the police are always on hand, 24 hours a day, should you be worried that someone at your door is up to no good.

For further information about No Cold Calling Zones contact East Sussex Trading Standards on 0345 60 80 197 or email trading.standards@eastsussex.gov.uk