Rogue traders are any ‘company’ or individual who offers services on the doorstep, often with little or no means of identification, and go on to fleece or rip off their victims.
Like distraction burglars, rogue traders will knock on the door, saying they are working in the area, and will point out something like a loose tile on the person’s roof or that their drive needs resurfacing. They grossly over charge and then come back again and again, taking more money each time. They may even charge without completing the work.
Victims are often vulnerable, elderly and/or isolated people who know nothing of these scams and so are trusting of anyone who is friendly or seems knowledgeable and genuine. After they have become a victim, they often feel ashamed and/or scared and so don’t tell anyone. This not only means the original scam goes unreported but it also makes it easy for the rogue trader to return for more.
The stress of the victim’s shame or fear may also go on to cause physical or mental health problems. And even if the traders are reported they are often untraceable as they will have given the victim false contact details or none at all.
Please report any incidents that either you, or someone you know, has experienced with bogus callers or rogue traders who call at your door.
If you experience any suspicious traders who call at your door offering to carry out work, or have been a victim of a doorstep rogue trader, please telephone 999.
To view a copy of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2017/18 and a copy of the Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2018 check out the Finance page. Click on the link below:-
The James Richards Circus will be visiting Silloth Green between 15th & 27th August as part of their first ever UK tour. Why not spend the day at Silloth? Take the kids to the Splash Park on the Green, explore the Fairy trail in the pines and everything else Silloth has to offer……treat them to an ice-cream and finish the day off with a visit to the circus. It’s what memories are made of!
Public participation is a regular part of Town Council meetings. The Chairman will adjourn the meeting to allow members of the public an opportunity to ask questions or raise matters of interest. The meeting will be adjourned for a maximum of 15 minutes. Items for discussion have to be submitted to the Clerk in writing prior to the meeting. A maximum of three items can be discussed, with each speaker allowed to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes each.
Decisions cannot be made by the Council on any topics discussed, as the meeting has been adjourned at this point but matters can be put forward for the agenda of the Council’s next meeting.
To submit items please write to the Town Clerk at 5 Burnswark Terrace, Solway Street, Silloth, Cumbria
Tel: 0777 568 6857
Provided below are links to full guides in relation to domestic and non-domestic smart meters produced by the Government.
Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters and offer a range of intelligent functions.
For example, they can tell you how much energy you are using through an In Home Display (IHD). They communicate directly with your energy supplier, meaning you will get accurate bills, and there will be no need for your energy supplier to visit your home to read your meter in future.
Smart meters bring a wide range of benefits. For example:
You will not be charged separately for a smart meter or for the In-Home Display. Under current arrangements you pay for the cost of your meter and its maintenance through your energy bills, and this will be the same for smart meters.
Smart meters can work in prepayment or credit mode. Prepayment customers will see some particular benefits from having a smart meter. For example:
Further information on the benefits of smart meters, what they are and how they work, is available on the Smart Energy GB website
On Monday 14 May 2018, Silloth-on-Solway Town Council elected Cllr. Tony Markley as Mayor, for the sixth year running. Cllr. Graham Wilkinson was also elected as Deputy Mayor.
Cllr. Markley said “I enjoy my role as Mayor and will continue to promote “Silloth-on-Solway”, the Solway Coast and all of its residents to the best of my ability.”
The Mayor of Silloth is happy to support any Silloth-based resident, organisation or group, as far as diary commitments allow. If you would like the Mayor to attend an event, please contact the Town Clerk or the Mayor direct.
Work to the Eden Street Play Area it is now complete and the park is ready for youngsters to enjoy. Let’s hope we get some sunshine now!
Cllr. Tony Markley, Mayor of Silloth said “We are grateful to Allerdale Borough Council for providing us with some funding which the Town Council chose to spend on the Eden Street play area, for the benefit of our local residents. The park has always been very popular and the new equipment and safety surfacing means it can be enjoyed for many years to come.
A memory swing seat has been installed which is designed to allow eye-to-eye contact between a toddler and their parent/carer. The Jupiter roundabout has seating and in addition, youngsters are able to control their speed by varying the strength of the disc’s rotation. One of the existing sets of swings has been replaced with an exciting new Mega Swing which allows kids to swing together, to get as high as they can. New safety surfacing and bins have been installed and gives the park a bright new look. £15,000 from Allerdale Borough Council and also £3,000 from the Town Council’s budget was used to fund the project.
Town Clerk, Wendy Jameson said “A big thank you to our grounds maintenance team who have done a considerable amount of work over the last few weeks. They are a real asset to the town and take pride in what they do. If we’d had to get outside contractors in to do all the work, it would have cost considerably more.”
In addition to the Eden Street play area, Silloth also has the woodland play area in the pines, the Water Splash park and the BMX track on Silloth Green. There are also plans for a small children’s play area over by the Splash park, aimed at younger kids of 0 – 5 yrs. Designs are being obtained and funding sought.
On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be celebrating its 100th birthday and as part of the celebrations, Silloth’s Mayor, Councillor Tony Markley will be unveiling a new feature on Silloth Green.
In 2014, Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) were allocated funds from Heritage Lottery, to tell the story of Silloth Airfield during the war years and to preserve its rich history. To celebrate the town’s involvement in WW2 and to support Silloth’s ‘in bloom’ activities, STAG had the idea of a permanent structure based on the shape of a WW2 Hudson plane. Cllr. Markley approached GEN2 at Workington, enquiring if their talented apprentices could include the detailed planning and construction of a stainless steel replica Hudson bomber as one of their annual projects. GEN2 relished the request and the apprentices have successfully constructed the Hudson bomber at Workington which is to be gifted to Silloth residents.
A new raised flowerbed built by the Town Council’s grounds maintenance team is in the shape of an RAF roundel which will be planted up with colourful bedding plants in the RAF colours. The replica plane will be sited above the flowerbed. The flowerbed has been sited opposite the Silloth RAFA club on Petteril Street, whose members were thrilled to hear about the project. The project has been funded with a Community Grant from Cumbria County Council and a kind donation by the family of a former aero engineer, Rex Morris, who served at 22MU Silloth during the War.
The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.
‘Keep Britain Tidy’ want to inspire 400,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Join their growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.
On Saturday 10 March 2018, a ‘Spring Clean’ event took place from 10am to 12 midday on Skinburness Road, Silloth. All tools and equipment were provided. Solway Holiday Village kindly offered to provide hot beverages.
A very big THANK YOU to Wendy Mathers, Jane Allen, Tom Brown, Elaine Wannop and Wendy Jameson who, despite the rain, turned up for the Spring Clean and managed to collect almost 20 bags of rubbish from Skinburness Road. Not only was there the usual rubbish that you would expect but there was a carpet, crockery, signs, electrical cable and garden equipment which was disappointing. Thanks to Allerdale Borough Council for arranging for the rubbish to be taken away afterwards and to Silloth Town Council for organising the event.