Information on nuisance calls appeal

Coun Richard Dodd.
Coun Richard Dodd.

A Ponteland councillor is raising the issue of cold calling at County Hall.

And residents are being urged to inform the Northumberland authority if they are receiving significant levels of unsolicited contact.

Richard Dodd, who represents Ponteland North on Ponteland Town Council and Northumberland County Council, said at a recent town council meeting that he and his family receive ‘about ten nuisance calls or texts a day and hundreds of nuisance emails every week’.

He added: “The number of cold calls has gone up dramatically in recent years and it’s a big issue in Northumberland because we have a high proportion of elderly residents compared to other counties and local authority areas.

“We need to gather evidence of harm and I have also formally asked the four MPs covering our county to lobby the Government to take action to clamp down on these firms.”

Earlier in the town council meeting, members agreed to replace the bridge in Ponteland Park known as Boardwalk 2. The quote from the contractor that was chosen for the job was £2,450.

The facility is in a poor condition and is due for renewal in accordance with the council’s asset replacement fund.

The specification asked contractors to replace the boardwalk with recycled plastic material, which will reduce maintenance costs and increase the life of the structure.

In addition, the councillors agreed to provide a memorial seat at Athol House in memory of Mary Short, who died earlier this year.

Her great gardening efforts enabled the housing scheme to win a number of Northumbria in Bloom gold awards.

Coun Carl Rawlings will use his Mayor’s fund to meet the cost of the plaque for the seat.