alert issued to Burnham residents over phoney tarmac firms
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned not to be
duped by cold-calling driveway tarmacers claiming to operate on
behalf of Somerset County Council.
help give themselves credibility the council says the scammers
have been operating in areas where the council has been carrying
out work on highways.
firm which is acting on behalf of the council would also be recommended
to patch-up or lay private driveways and any company using this
approach should be reported to Trading Standards.
complaints have been received by Trading Standards about the quality
of some private tarmac work.
Hall, the County Council's Cabinet Member responsible for Trading
Standards, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "An offer from firms
saying they are associated with the County Council to lay a new
driveway would be tempting, but that offer would be a false one."
urge anyone receiving an offer like that for any service to report
it and allow Trading Standards to investigate."
you want to be sure that any service has been inspected and approved
by Somerset County Council, the Trading Standards scheme Buy With
Confidence has a list of local traders who comply with all relevant
legislation and offer good customer service."
make a report and receive advice, call the Citizens Advice consumer
service on 08454 040506. Information will be passed to Trading