Pensioners press for No Cold Calling Zone to stop salesmen bothering them

06:30 11 October 2012

A No Cold Calling sign at Brewsters, East Harling.

A No Cold Calling sign at Brewsters, East Harling.

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Door-to-door salesmen could be told to stop bothering pensioners in a Dereham cul-de-sac after councillors backed proposals for the town’s first No Cold Calling Zone.

Residents of Ascot Gardens, off South Green Gardens, have complained of unwanted visitors at all hours up to dusk despite many of their homes displaying stickers asking people not to disturb them.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said he had gathered the support of all but one of his neighbours to join the register of almost 100 No Cold Calling Zones across Norfolk.

Dereham town councillors offered support for the application to the county council at their meeting last night.

Robin Goreham said: “He lives in a quiet cul-de-sac and it’s predominantly elderly people in there and I think the problem is almost a psychological one that they worry when people knock on their doors, especially in the dark. It does prey on the nerves.”

Although the new designation would not legally prevent salesmen calling, the resident hoped it would dissuade many.

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  • That's the stuff crime is made off, isn't it, headlines like this,when reality says that we are living in a low crime county. Can we also regulate political activity. I do not want to see more than one leaflet from any one party, never mind 26 of them as happened in the last Norwich North by-election, didn't it Ms. Smith? Their contemptible littering and profuse dodging of the truth at the doorstep is no different. Off course Daisy R. had to add burglary into the debate, please ignore, its a hint at re-warming an old debate we had a long time ago.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Better still why not change the law completely to make it illegal to hawk goods, to door knock to canvass orders for a business or to leave sales brochures, leaflets, free newspapers without invitation or permission? As far as I am concerned I want only tradesmen I deal with and those who have understood permission ie couriers and the postman, to be coming to my door. I am prepared to accept genuine charity collections but am sick of stopping papers and deliveries when I am away only to find a doorstep littered with Betterware catalogues or a free newspaper or fast food leaflet sticking out of the letter box as a sign that I am not in.I would imagine a fake leaflet drop is a good cover for sizing up properties prior to a buglary and who isn't worried for vulnerable neighbours when a "we buy anything in the way of antiques, gold etc" leaflets are delivered by fly boys? I always wonder why the police do not turn their attention to those sort of traders when they are in the neighbourhood.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Why not make the whole of Norfolk a ' No Cold calling Zone' ? Does anyone want these people knocking on their door?.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

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