Local Labour MP, Rosie Cooper, is warning West Lancashire residents of the risks from engaging the services of travellers going door to door offering building services.
It appears there are a number of people going door-to-door, mainly in the Skelmersdale area, offering service for cladding, roofing and tarmacing drives for a reasonable cost.
But these people are leaving jobs unfinished, are dumping rubbish all over the town.
West Lancashire District Council has to spend staff time and money clearing up the mess left behind. These resources could be used more effectively than on these problems.”
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I want to warn local residents against using the building services being offered on the doorstep. I heard a number of stories from local residents about how people have turned up on the doorstep offering to do the cladding on their house. I’ve even heard one story that people are returning home to find work being started which they did not agree to and for which payment is being demanded.”
“The problem is these services are being offered at a low price but are not being completely or the work is shoddy. People are finding that the work is so poor that they have to get another tradesman to rectify the problems. In the end it is costing two or three time what they originally wanted to pay.”
“I would encourage all local residents if they want any such building services to look for a reputable local company with all the necessary accreditation and who work to accepted industry standards. In the long run this will save people a lot of time, money, and stress.”
“So if someone calls at your door offering building services then I would suggest not answering the door in the first place or to refuse politely.”