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April 17 2013.

Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch Association (S&BNHW) is celebrating the first birthday of its No Cold Calling Zone. The town-wide zone was the first to be officially established in the South East of England.

After a long period of consultation with Seaford residents and other interested parties, the Zone was finally installed during March 2012, when the five No Cold Calling Zone signs were erected on all three main road entrances into Seaford.

The scheme is a joint venture between Seaford and Bishopstone NHW association, East Sussex Trading Standards, the Seaford Policing Team and Seaford Town Council.

It originated as an idea put forward by Martin French, who is a member of S&BNHW, at a Central Ward Police Panel meeting over two years ago. It was agreed by those residents who were present and put on the list of priorities by PCSO Cathy Clarke. The priority was taken up by the S&BNHW committee who managed, installed, and still administer, the scheme.

The official yellow No Cold Calling notices, which were distributed to over 7000 residences in Seaford are now displayed by residents all over the town and act as a deterrent to rogue traders.

Further No Cold Calling notices can be obtained from Seaford Police Station, Seaford Town Council and S&BNHW committee members.

The NHW committee has received tremendous support from the local policing team under the command of Sgt. Chris Wright, and together with his team has discouraged a large number of unauthorised traders from peddling their dubious wares in the town. The number of recorded cold calls has dropped significantly in the past 12 months.

Sussex Police operate a call system whereby local residents who are being targeted by unwanted traders can call into the central switchboard on 101 if the trader refuses to go away, or 999 if the resident feels threatened. The police will respond, depending on the urgency of the call and the resources available.

S&BNHW will also take calls and reports from residents who have been targeted by unwanted traders, which are passed on to the policing team. S&BNHW contact details are published in the quarterly news letter which is distributed to over 7000 Seaford residences.

If you have any questions or queries about the scheme contact one of the S&BNHW committee members or any PC or PCSO from the Seaford policing team.