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Enfield Council clamps down on rogue builder

Published Wednesday, 09 September 2015

A rogue builder has been sentenced to a community order for 12 months, a fine of £50 and 200 hours of unpaid work, after he was prosecuted by Enfield Council for intimidating customers and carrying out shoddy work while working on driveways in Enfield.

John Hanrahan, 46, of Wharf Road, Enfield, trading as ‘Marshalls Home Improvements Ltd’, pleaded guilty to offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations at a court hearing on 6 July 2015 at Wood Green Crown Court.

In January 2014 police called Trading Standards after reports were received of a cold caller harassing residents in Uvedale Road in Enfield. Trading Standards established that the business ‘Marshalls Home Improvements Ltd’ had been working on some driveways in the road.

When the work was examined by an independent surveyor it was found that the driveways built by Hanrahan had major defects, including inadequate drainage and poor quality workmanship, which meant the driveway would crack and move position.

Further investigations revealed that those who had commissioned Hanrahan to build their drives had been given insufficient information and no cooling off period, which is itself an offence.

Enfield Council are currently looking to run confiscation proceedings against ‘Marshalls Home Improvements Ltd’, to take back some of the profit made from the dodgy driveways.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said “Our advice to residents is that should think twice before buying goods and services on the doorstep. Instead, they should do some thorough research to satisfy themselves that they will be purchasing a reputable and reliable service or product before handing over any money.

"Unfortunately, if an offer sounds too good to be true it usually is, but in the present financial climate when family budgets are squeezed, people understandably want to save money and sometimes make decisions that they will regret later, our Trading Standards team are trying to ensure that does not happen.

“We will be pursuing Mr Hanrahan in confiscation proceedings so we can try and recoup some of the money he took from innocent residents.”

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