Are you fed up with people knocking on your door, uninvited, and trying to sell you dishcloths, or asking for donations to (possible) charities? Upton Parish Council would like to consider setting up No Cold Calling Zones in the village. Currently, only Riverview Drive in Upton is designated as a No Cold Calling Zone.
A No Cold Calling Zone can be set up for a road, or part of a road, and means that traders are not allowed to call at your house without an appointment. The scheme is supported by Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards team.
No Cold Calling Zones are a deterrent to unscrupulous traders and bogus callers, who do not want to be recognised or ‘logged’ as working within an area.
Trading Standards support the collective wishes of the residents, so the majority of the people living in the area must want the zone to be created.
It’s also helpful to have support and agreement from the parish or town council and to have someone who can act as a local coordinator to help promote the zone.
No cold calling zones are suitable for areas where:
- There is evidence of a history of doorstep rogue trading/bogus calling
- The area has a strong community bond/spirit and desire for the zone
- The age and/or vulnerability of the residents causes them to be at greater risk through cold calling
- The area is considered to be attractive to doorstep rogue traders
- The area is distinct and can be clearly identifiable as a zone
We therefore need to find out if you support the scheme for your road. Please email the parish clerk, Pauline James, on [email protected] with details of your name and address, or put a note through the door at Beech Farm, 15 Marsh Road, Upton NR13 6BP letting us know whether of not you support the scheme. When we see what the response is we can approach Norfolk County Council for their help.