I just spotted this news item. I notice that the local jws are already
trying to squirm out of being excluded - let's hope that they don't
succeed, and that other councils adopt this scheme. They'd
scream "persecution" no doubt, but at least it would limit thier
activities (though some of the less zealous ones would be secretly
Cold callers get cold shoulderCOLD callers look set to get the cold shoulder if a new pilot scheme in Hailsham goes ahead. The town council is considering creating a 'No Cold Calling' zone on the Harmers Hay estate.
Both door-to-door salespeople and faith groups could be affected as they would be banned from knocking on doors if the occupant does not know them.
Letters are due to be be sent out in October asking residents their opinion.
If they agree to the proposal cold callers would then be barred from the estate early next year.
At a council committee meeting on Monday the Mayor, Cllr Nick Ellwood, said trading standards and police wanted to work with the council to put the new scheme in place.
He said: 'Signs will go up saying this is a no cold calling area.
'The scheme has been very successful in other areas and does not cost a lot.
'I believe the no cold calling ban is enforceable.'
Crime prevention officer Dave Smith told the Express elderly people were vulnerable.
He said: 'With back-up from the scheme, elderly people can say no to cold callers.
'It is a multi-agency project aimed at giving householders confidence.'
If the scheme goes ahead, information packs would be sent to residents, outlining their rights.
Signs would also be put up around the estate and detailed stickers given out.Elder Peter Holford, from Hailsham's Jehovah's Witnesses, was keen to point out door-to-door knocking by the group was for ethical reasons.
He said: 'We are not doing it for the purpose of any gain or con but for the future benefit of residents.
'We are not an organisation into profiteering.'
Melanie Russell, national marketing manager for Anglian Windows, said cold calling was not part of the company's business strategy.
She added: 'Our sales people do not sell door-to-door.
'Our visits to customers' homes are appointed in advance from a vast range of marketing campaigns.'
If the scheme is successful it could be extended to other areas in the town.