Tarmac scam warning in Denbighshire

Denbighshire Trading Standards has issued a warning for residents to be vigiliant against being offered asphalting services with leftover stock from highway projects.

Trading Standards have warned that these individuals are not contracted to any highways projects and invariably the work done is overpriced and of poor quality.

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire’s Public Protection Manager, said: “We have had reports that workers have been operating in the Prion and Clocaenog areas;  one farmer who was approached and was told that they were from Manchester and Coventry.

“The method usually involves someone knocking on your door claiming to be working in the area and that they have some tarmac with which they can sort out your drive at a cut price rate. They often state that they have been doing work for the Council and have the tarmac left over. The work done is often of poor quality and the final bills are often far higher than what was originally quoted (which are frequently excessive to begin with).

“A few months later, when there are weeds coming through the tarmac, the traders have vanished with little hope of finding them as they do not supply invoices or contact details.

Residents are warned that if they are approached by such traders they should not engage with them and should contact Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06 or call the police on 101. 

Posted on Tuesday 16th May 2017