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Council Rides Cowboys Out Of Town

It's high noon for cowboy builders operating in South Tyneside. The Council is so determined to clamp down on rogue traders who do shoddy work and then disappear into the sunset with residents' hard earned cash, that it is introducing a new registration scheme.

From Tuesday (25th February) people living in South Tyneside will have greater peace of mind when they pay workmen to do jobs around their homes and gardens. Many reputable tradesmen will have signed up to the Council's 'Safe Trader' registration scheme showing that they have been reference checked and will agree to a code of conduct.

Although the scheme is being launched officially at South Shields Town Hall, there is still time for local traders, and those providing services for South Tyneside residents, to apply for registration. The Council is particularly keen to have more electricians, plumbers and gardeners on the list.

Councillor Peter Boyack Lead Member for Neighbourhood Services says: "South Tyneside has had enough of cowboy rogue traders who do shoddy work, use pressure selling and don't come back to rectify problems. I am delighted that we have joined forces with local businesses and set up this register of traders who have been checked by us and have agreed to abide by a code of conduct."

He adds: "We are one of the first local authorities in the region to introduce a scheme such as this for our residents. The list will be available from Trading Standards and can be viewed on our website www.southtyneside.info/safetraders

Traders, voluntary groups, trade associations are invited to the launch. The Mayor, Councillor Joan Jackson, will welcome guests and Amanda Skelton, Executive Director for Neighbourhood Services, will present the scheme. TV personality John Grundy well known for his knowledge of buildings will officially launch the scheme by opening the "Safe Trader" website

Further details and application packs are available from South Tyneside Council telephone 424 4407 or e-mail: gillian.perry@s-tyneside-mbc.gov.uk

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