Cold calling ballot results conclusive

SEAFORD Town Council does not have and never has had a remit to install a Seaford wide No Cold Calling Zone. Neither has the town council any plan or intention to restrict any local charity or organisation from carrying out their work in Seaford.

The NCCZ initiative came from the Seaford Central Ward Neighbourhood Police Panel,managed and run by Seaford residents with support from the Seaford & Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Association and the local Policing Team assisted with advice from East Sussex Trading Standards.

There are already three successful NCCZ’s operating in Bishopstone and East ward and a request for a town-wide NCCZ resulted from consultations with the residents of the five Neighbourhood Police Panels in North, South, East, West and Central wards who were requesting further NCCZ’s in their wards to protect their residents from unwanted callers.

So rather than have a patchwork of zones it was decided by the panel members to go town wide with this scheme.

At the last meeting of the Central Ward Neighbourhood Police Panel, Seaford Town Council offered to host a consultative ballot of Seaford residents as at that time STC were intending to hold a ballot on the distribution of large grants to Seaford organisations which due to under-subscription did not take place.

Seaford Town Council broadly supports this initiative as we believe it will significantly improve the quality of life for residents and we have now completed our obligation to hold the ballot as requested.

The ballot results are as follows:

Would you like a cold calling zone in the whole of Seaford?

Yes 815; No 38; Unsure 7; Did not answer 3: TOTAL: 863 (Spoilt Papers 10)

Should charities be given the opportunity to apply for exemption?

Yes 462; No 325; Unsure 61; Did not answer 15; TOTAL 863

The residents of Seaford have spoken and made their views quite clearly known. The results of the ballot will now be communicated to the Central Ward Police Panel to enable them to take such action as they see fit.

Councillor MARK BROWN

Chairman of Seaford & Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Association