Warning over rogue traders

Janice Hanson
Janice Hanson

People in the Garstang and Longridge areas are being urged to check traders who offer to do work on their homes are members of the county’s Help Direct Safe Trader scheme.

The scheme, which was established in October 2009 by Lancashire County Council and Help Direct, helps people to find out whether a trader will treat them fairly and honestly. Nearly 1,400 traders have signed up.

“Summer is a particularly popular time for traders to tout for business,” said Janice Hanson, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for public protection and waste.

“While many traders may be honest, it’s a sad fact that some aren’t. However, before agreeing to having any work done on their home, indoors or outside, I would strongly advise people to check whether the trader is a member of the county’s Safe Trader scheme.

“Those traders who have joined the scheme have signed up to treating their customers fairly and honestly.

“A quick check of the Safe Trader register could save householders an awful lot of grief and money.”

County Coun Hanson added: “I understand how difficult it can be for people if a trader knocks on their door out of the blue telling them that there’s an urgent problem with their drive or roof. But I would urge them to take their time and don’t agree to anything until they feel sure about it.

“Since it was launched in October 2009, the Safe Trader scheme has gone from strength to strength. ”

The Safe Trader Scheme is open to all businesses in Lancashire providing property repairs, home improvements and practical support services. To find out more about the scheme contact Help Direct on 0303 333 1111.