Rogue Traders on the Increase in Stockport

ROGUE traders calling to homes in Stockport are on the increase once again, according to the local authority.

Stockport Council officials say there has been a ‘marked growth’ in people offering to do landscaping work, and in certain instances, fly-tipping the waste.

Incidents of fly-tipping are investigated and in the past three months alone saw three separate cases brought against people whose waste was found to have been fly-tipped.  All three offenders claimed to have passed their waste to a third party, who they claim must have fly tipped the waste.

However, none of the offenders could provide enforcement officers with the details of whom they had passed it on to and therefore they were found guilty in court and fined for failing to dispose of their waste correctly.

The Council’s Stockport Trading Standards team advises residents who believe they need work doing on their property to get written quotes from several businesses. This will allow them to make an informed choice about what work needs doing and how much it will cost.

Residents are also advised to look for businesses who are members of a trade association and to ensure that the business has a genuine, preferably local, address and a landline number. Reputable companies do not operate solely with a mobile phone number.

Councillor Martin Candler, Stockport Council’s executive member for communities and sustainability, said: “These cold calling salespeople can be very persuasive and even intimidating at times.

“They often target older or vulnerable people. It can be difficult for residents to turn them away. We would urge residents to only do business with reputable traders.”

Residents with concerns, or those who have information about suspected rogue traders are urged to contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1