Many businesses are involved in the legitimate sale of green energy devices, for example solar panels.
Unfortunately Warwickshire Trading Standards has become aware of fraudsters targeting this business sector to sell green energy devices that don’t work together with expensive and unnecessary maintenance contracts. This has resulted in substantial financial losses to many consumers who have fallen victim to this fraud.
Residents who already have solar panels fitted to their homes are particularly at risk of being targeted.
Fraudsters, who make their approaches either on the doorstep or over the phone, often use the following tactics:
- Informing the resident that their solar panel supplier has ceased trading and the panels installed may be dangerous.
- Advising the resident that new legislation requires them to have a device installed, and failure to install it would mean the emergency services would not attend if the solar panels caused a fire.
- Implying that they have taken over from the original supplier and are offering a ?free health check?.
A ‘sales’ visit is undertaken and the resident is sold a device and/or maintenance contract for their system. These devices may not be of any use and the maintenance contracts, which could last up to 20 years may not be insurance backed and therefore may be of little potential value and offer no protection if the company ceases trading. In some instances, fraudsters are taking payment up-front for these contracts (often by encouraging the householder to take out a loan), rather than regular payments and then disappearing, providing no service at all.
- Don’t buy goods or services from unexpected doorstep sellers or telephone cold callers. You can’t tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep!
- Be wary of special offers or warnings about your home.
- Contact your original installer to confirm any information supplied about their current trading status.
- Never pay up front, and don’t pay by cash. Pay with a cheque (which can be traced if necessary) or if the service or goods cost more than £100 then use a credit card as this offers extra protection.
- Doorstep Selling Regulations give you 14 days to cancel the agreement. If you cancel, any monies that you have paid should be returned to you.
- The trader must give you a written notice of your cancellation rights when you agree the contract. If the trader doesn’t provide you with this information, they commit a criminal offence.
- The trader can only carry out work within this cancellation period if you have given your agreement in writing. Do not feel pressured into signing a document allowing the installation to be undertaken immediately.
- If you have been contacted by a company that you have concerns about, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or visit Warwickshire Trading Standards
NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Please join us from 7.00pm when Tea and Coffee will be served, and when representatives from the Local Police Beat Team, Community Safety Wardens, Rugby Community First Responders will be available to speak to and answer questions.
Representatives from the Fire and Rescue Service (Safe and Well at Home scheme) will also be present from 8.00pm. All attendance subject to emergency callout.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING of Local Government Electors for the above-named Parish will be held at the Townsend Memorial Hall Lilbourne Road Clifton upon Dunsmore on:
MONDAY 26 MARCH 2018 commencing at 7.30 p.m.
Councillor Marion Nash, Chair of the Parish Council will preside.
The Annual Parish Meeting is an opportunity for residents on the Electoral Roll for Clifton upon Dunsmore to raise any matters of concern to them that relates to their local community. It would be helpful to have written notice of any matters to be raised but it is not essential. Matters can be raised at the meeting without prior notice. For any queries, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.
- Welcome by Councillor Marion Nash
- Apologies for absence
- Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 27 March 2017.
- Annual Report from the Chair of Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council, Cllr Marion Nash
- Statement of Accounts for Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council for 2017-18
- Annual Report from County Councillor Adrian Warwick
- Annual Report from Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt
- Reports from village organisations
- Tennis Club
- Garden Club
- Neighbourhood Watch
- Open Forum – to consider any matters electors wish to raise
- Any Other Business
Councillor Marion Nash
Chair of the Parish Council
16 March 2018
Clifton Upon Dunsmore parish council was extremely proud to be presented with the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) certificate at their meeting last week by Borough Councillor Hunt and County Councillor Warwick.
The new LCAS has been designed by the National Association of Local Councils to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop, to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.
Chair of the Parish Council, Marion Nash, said “Thanks are due to the diligent and committed work of the Clerk to the Council, Christine Lord, to bring together the exhaustive amount of evidence required to achieve the award. We are already well on our way to meeting the criteria for the Quality standard, which will provide further confidence that the Parish Council maintains an accountable and transparent practice in the use of public funds.”
For further information on the LCAS scheme please visit https://www.walc.org.uk/information/lca
Santander is organising a workshop to raise fraud awareness in the local area as part of Santander’s UK-wide initiative to help elderly customers combat fraud – It is known as the Scam Avoidance School (SAS). Santander is planning a 45 minute workshop at 11.00 am on Thursday 22nd March 2018 inviting people to attend at the Santander Bank in Market Place, Rugby.
Although the SAS workshop is geared to the over sixties, anyone who has an interest in learning more about Scams and how to deal with them is welcome to attend.
If you would like to attend please contact Sharan Dhillon at Santander’s Rugby branch on 05511 430 456 or eMail her firstname.lastname@example.org preferably by Friday 16th March.
Clifton Neighbourhood Watch has been running for over thirty years and has been very successful in promoting a safer neighbourhood and helping the police to solve local crimes. Sadly, in recent times, and perhaps due to the relatively low crime rate in Clifton, it has become rather passive. However, there have been changes at national level and there is a re-launch of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) within Rugby. Clifton NHW is following this lead and is being revitalised under the current chairmanship of David Glover.
There will be regular updates on specific crimes, trends, and initiatives being taken by Clifton NHW in conjunction with the police. Local events will be held for property marking and residents will be given the opportunity to record the speed of vehicles driving through the village using the police speed gun and reporting them to the police for further action.
There were zero crimes reported in Clifton during the previous four week period. Speeding traffic in Clifton is currently a priority for the police.
If you would like further information please contact David Glover on 01788 535574 email@example.com
Warwickshire County Council has now published the plan of Street Lighting improvements which are included in the new Traffic Calming Scheme.
Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Street Lighting Scheme
WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984, SECTION 14
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF NORTH ROAD, CLIFTON UPON DUNSMORE
Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing North Road, Clifton upon Dunsmore from a point outside property number 2, to vehicular traffic.
The closure is required to facilitate works for a hydrant rebuild.
The Order will commence on 4 April 2018 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 9 April 2018.
Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.
An alternative route will be signed and is available via: North Road, Main Street, Church Street (and vice versa).
The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. The team dealing with this Temporary Traffic Order at Warwickshire County Council is Network Management (Tel: 01926 412515).
Any enquiries relating to the works being undertaken may be directed to the contractor dealing with this matter on behalf of Severn Trent Water, Total (Tel: 01623 880 650).
S Duxbury, Head of Law & Governance, Shire Hall, Warwick, 29 March 2018
Sue Robinson has volunteered to run junior coaching again this year having run it very successfully for the last four years.
All children must be members of Clifton Tenns Club, for children this is currently £15 per year, due on 1st April each year. Sue will charge children taking part a coaching fee of £6 per session for a six week course. So children wanting the coaching will pay Sue £15 + £36 and give Sue a Club Membership Form and a Coaching Registration Form.
Any child that joins the club as part of their family membership will not need to pay a separate £15 membership fee, but will be included in their annual family membership subscription. The Club membership subscription and the coaching fee should be paid to Sue in Cash, or if by cheque the payment to Sue may be made on a cheque to “Clifton upon Dunsmore Tennis Club”.
The coaching will be held on Monday afternoons from 5.00 pm to 6.00pm and will start on Monday 16th April. After half term, coaching will resume and there will be another six week course starting on Monday 4th June. If the weather looks doubtful Sue will make contact with parents and let them know on the day if the session is going to be re-arranged. If a session has to be postponed due to bad weather etc. Sue will re-arrange it for a later date.
The Club has junior rackets available for children to borrow for the coaching if they do not own their own.
It would help Sue to plan and run the coaching sessions if all forms and payments are given to her well before the six week course starts.
Sue’s contact details are:
Tel 01788 567222
Mob 07813 121 589