Cornwall Council To Provide Trading Standards Service

The Town Hall

Islanders’ consumer rights will finally be safeguarded from this Spring when Cornwall Council begins operating Trading Standards on the islands.

Local authorities have to operate the service to make sure that fuel, alcohol or foodstuffs are correctly weighed and measured.

They should also check that signage is correct, labels are accurate and that under age children are not sold goods illegally.

But our Council hasn’t been able to provide the service and negotiations have been going on with Cornwall for over a year.

It’s taking longer than anticipated to arrange the contract, which David Senior at the Council says its because of red tape within Cornwall’s Legal Services Deptartment.

Liz Rickard from the mainland authority says an agreement is “all but finalised” and that means our Council will “be able to discharge its statutory obligation.”

Officers from Cornwall will be available for free advice and assistance and the contract  means consumers will also have somewhere to go if they don’t feel they’re getting a fair deal from islands’ traders.