A Bournemouth based tarmacking company and its director were fined more than £2,000 after being found guilty of two offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 act.
South Coast Surfacing Ltd and Tom Bailey each pleaded guilty to the offences at Swindon Magistrates Court on 24 July 2017, and were fined £1,050 each.
The offences relate to tarmacking work carried out at two properties in Broxburn Road in Warminster. In one case Mr Bailey was invited to do the work, and in the other he cold called on an elderly couple in their 90s, both with dementia.
The work on the driveway was extremely poor, and no membrane was laid underneath the tarmac to prevent weeds coming through, despite assurances it would. There was no bonding between the concrete surface, there were drainage issues and a wall was constructed inadequately.
Jerry Wickham, cabinet member for public protection said: “I would ask people to be vigilant and look out for elderly and vulnerable members in the community who may be targeted by cold callers. I’m pleased that action has been taken against the offenders and hopefully it sends out the message that this behaviour won’t be tolerated.”
Mr Bailey and South Coast Surfacing Ltd were given the opportunity to complete the work or compensate the two victims, unfortunately this never happened. As a result a summons was served, and the elderly couple were refunded.
If you suspect this might be happening to someone you know, call AgeUK on 01380 727767 and see if the company in question are on their approved trade list.
For further advice people should call the consumer helpline on 03454 040506.