Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards is advising people affected by the impact of storms Ciara and Dennis to be alert for bogus cold callers offering home repair work.

Trading Standards is warning homeowners that rogue traders could use the damage caused by the storms as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property.

Their advice is not to buy goods or services from a doorstep caller, even if they claim that the work needs doing immediately.

Those who have suffered damage as a result of the storms should first check with their insurance company to see if they are covered for repairs, as some policies include emergency assistance support.

People who rent their property should contact their landlord and their contents insurance company. Most insurance companies will appoint their own trades people to carry out the work.

For those who are not covered by insurance for any repairs, they can find a reliable trader through the Trading Standards approved trader scheme called Buy With Confidence.

If people are concerned about a caller at the door or suspect that rogue doorstep traders or distraction burglars are operating in their community, they should contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) by calling 0345 23 07 702.”

For more information about Buy With Confidence, the Trading Standards approved trader scheme, visit or telephone 01392 383430.

Trading Standards in partnership with Northamptonshire Police can also provide No Cold Calling stickers on request by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. They can also provide consumers with information about their legal civil rights.

New Housing Advice Service

A new Housing Advice Drop-in service is being launched on Monday 10th February 2020 between 10am and midday. This will take place at the Moulton Community Centre, Sandy Hill Lane, Reedings, Moulton, NN3 7AX

Further drop-ins will follow on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month between 10am and midday.


Daventry District best in England on reduction of household waste

Daventry District Council recorded the largest per household reduction in the collection of general waste in England following the introduction of its new recycling service.

The Council collected 363 kilograms of rubbish per household in 2018/19 – a 12.7% decrease on the 416 kilograms collected the previous year.

That is the highest percentage reduction across local authorities in England, according to figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Camden London Borough Council were second with a 9.3% reduction.

It follows the introduction of the 123+ service in June 2018, which saw an 85% increase in food waste recycling and a 35% rise in mixed dry recycling such as cans, glass, paper and plastic in its first full year of operation.

The service is run by Daventry Norse – a joint venture between DDC and Norse Commercial Services – and sees residents receive a weekly food waste collection, a fortnightly mixed recycling collection in a blue-lidded wheelie bin, and a general waste black bin collection every three weeks.

Parish Council Surgery

The next Parish Council Surgery takes place at the Community Centre and Library on Saturday 4th January 2020. Councillor Elaine Coe and Councillor James Collyer will be there from 10am until 12 noon to hear any concerns or comments you may have.