Watch out for cowboy tar-layers
TRADING Standards officers are warning homeowners to beware of a gang operating in the area that tries to persuade residents to take advantage of cheap work to driveways.
Two men were reported to have called on homes in West Brabourne saying they were working near Ashford on a re-surfacing project and had excess material that they could lay within the hour.
One was aged between 40 and 50, of stocky build with dark hair and a moustache. The other was described as slim and aged between 20 and 30. Both were wearing identical navy blue T-shirts with an HH logo on them.
They were said to be using two vehicles – a silver pick-up type van, possibly with Highways Maintenance printed on the rear, and a large red saloon car.
Similar approaches to homes were reported in other areas.
Caroline Elliott from Trading Standards said: “Contractors working for KCC do not sell off spare tarmac to householders and we advise consumers to be careful when dealing with traders on the doorstep.”