Local News for Tuesday 30th April 2019

WESTERN ISLES SHUT OUT SCAMMERS CAMPAIGN

Recently, CNES Trading Standards Officers participated in the Police Scotland multi-agency Shut out Scammers campaign. The campaign targets doorstep and bogus crime and raises awareness of offenders who cold call people and scam them out of money.
As part of the campaign, officers from the Comhairle took the opportunity to provide timely advice to local traders to stop them from falling foul of the law, particularly when selling away from business premises. Advice was also provided on Business Names legislation and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
A spokesperson said:
“We are reminding local businesses about The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation & Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 which require that Traders provide certain information in writing, or e-mail, at certain times before and after a contract is made.
“In some circumstances when Traders are providing goods or services costing over £42 in a consumers home or place of work, they must give a 14 day cancellation period.
“Under this legislation, failure to provide a consumer with a notice of their 14 day cancellation rights may be a criminal offence.
“Advice was also given regarding the necessity to keep good business records, and model cancellation forms which comply with the legislative requirements were provided to Traders.”
Businesses can access free, impartial legal guidance at https://www.businesscompanion.info/ or by contacting Stornoway Trading Standards on 01851 822694.

 

ISLES ANNUAL ROAD SURFACE DRESSING PROGRAMME 2019

The Comhairle will be starting the annual road surface dressing programme on Monday the 6th of May 2019 with works expected to last for approximately 6 to 10 weeks depending on weather conditions. The proposed programme is subject to alteration but is as follows;

6th May to 10th May      Harris and South Lewis
13th May to 17th May    North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist
20th May to 24th May    Barra
27th May to 21st June   Lewis

The travelling public are advised to take note of all warning signage and traffic management on sites and there will be temporary speed restrictions in place during the period of the works. There will be short delays during laying operations and the public are asked to allow extra time for travelling through the area of works.