Sunday, 26 May 2019

Cold callers set to be frozen out

A NO cold-calling zone could be set up in Wargrave.

A NO cold-calling zone could be set up in Wargrave.

It could cover the whole village or a number of specific streets where residents are targeted by salespeople.

The parish council heard about the idea at a meeting on Monday.

Parish clerk Stephen Hedges said the suggestion was made by a villager.

“The whole village of Sonning is doing it and at the moment there are 45 roads in Wokingham borough which are no cold-calling zones,” he said. “They are an extension of Neighbourhood Watch.”

If the council approves the idea, residents of the streets involved would be polled and if two-thirds approve it, the zone would be established.

Householders would be provided with “no cold callers” signs and stickers by Thames Valley Police.

Mr Hedges admitted the scheme was unlikely to put off unscrupulous salespeople.

“It’s more for reputable companies who will see the signs and not go down that street,” he said. “There isn’t really any sanction but we must be supportive as a council of any measures which prevent antisocial behaviour.”

Councillors agreed to consult the Wargrave neighbourhood action group before making a decision.

• The council agreed to paint the stage frontage at Woodclyffe Hall. Chairman Richard Bush said: “Wargrave Theatre Workshop say they would be quite happy to arrange the painting. They want redcurrent. I say it’s orange. It will cheer up the whole building.”

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