Counting the cost of cowboys
ROGUE traders have cost victims in Bucks millions of pounds over the past four years.
People have paid a total of £2,569,515 in botch jobs and unnecessary work in 686 recorded rogue trading incidents since January 2010, according to county council figures.
The biggest single victim’s loss was £950,000, while the average loss is £3,745 per victim.
Cabinet member for community engagement, Martin Phillips, said: “‘These are huge amounts of money and the victims are invariably older or more vulnerable people.
“But we know this is the unpalatable tip of a very nasty iceberg and our trading standards team are doing their best to get below the surface.”
Part of the problem lies in under-reporting, says the trading standards officer Tim Day. Only one in 10 cases is ever reported and trading standards frequently find victims have been repeatedly subject to doorstep crime. A GROUP of tree enthusiasts went to visit a tree that is believe to be 2,700 years old.
The Bucks Tree Club’s last meeting on Saturday, August 30 was to visit a tree that probably ‘saw’ the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215.
The group say this is likely as the course of the Thames then was braided with different channels and the great yew stands alongside Ankerwyke Priory, which had been founded about 50 years earlier by the predecessor of the Barron Montfichet, who was one of the signatories of this Charter.
The ancient tree is called the Ankerwycke yew and is situated near Wraysbury in Berkshire.
The Bucks Tree Club not only notes the best of each tree species that can be seen in Bucks, but also lists the ancient woodland in the county and welcomes new members.
The club’s next meeting is a private tour of Evenly Arboretum, in October.
YEW BEAUTY: Members of The Bucks Tree Club at the Ankerwycke yew