Tim Watson (Trading Standards, Trading Standards Officer, Nottinghamshire) writes: We have received reports of a trader approaching residents falsely claiming to be working for Nottinghamshire County Council Highways Department and offering to carry out driveway maintenance work.
Nottinghamshire County Council Highways Department would never approach individual homes offering to carry out driveway maintenance work.
Trading Standards never recommend employing a trader based on a cold call.
We would advise that any householder who is considering having work done to their property should get quotes from at least three companies before agreeing to go ahead with any work, also speak to friends and relatives for recommendations.
If you need work carrying out you can contact Checkatrade for details of trades people who have demonstrated their commitment to fair and honest trading on www.checkatrade.com or through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.
If you have agreed to a contract in your home you have cancellation rights, including a fourteen day cancellation period. This is a right given to you by law.
To report suspicious traders in your area, or to receive further advice, please phone Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. If possible please note any registrations and details of vehicles.
Source: Broxtowe Community email.