Cowboy builders use council name to get work

BOGUS workman are touting for business under the banner of East Sussex County Council’s highways department.

The local authority is warning businesses, schools and GP surgeries to be on their guard after last summer was littered with firms approaching similar groups on the look-out for work.

Around this time last year, the bogus builders were offering line marking of car parks on the basis that spare paint was left over from jobs being done nearby. Work was offered at a discounted rate, claiming that charges would be in line with what it would cost them to dispose of the paint.

Councillor Carl Maynard said: “I would ask people to watch out for this scam. None of the companies who work for the county council would ever approach people offering any service in this way.”

Anyone approached by dodgy cold callers should call Trading Standards on 01323 463430.