Trading Standards Contract Still Not Signed

The Town Hall

Our Council say they’re close to singing a contract with Cornwall Council to provide Trading Standards services in Scilly, months after they expected to have it in place.

We reported back in January that the Council was hoping to have the contract signed by the Spring although that date has now passed.

Local Authorities are expected to provide Trading Standards, which include making sure that fuel, alcohol or foodstuffs are correctly weighed and measured, labels on goods are accurate and that under age children are not sold goods illegally.

A spokesman at the Council said they’ve made ‘considerable effort’ trying to put in place a service agreement, but reorganisations in various departments in Cornwall Council have delayed this process.

They said they’ve also made a number of redrafts to ensure the agreement is advantageous to Scilly and they expect to sign the contract “within the next few weeks.”

The Council say they’ve had informal arrangements with Cornwall for officers to get advice on legislation for some time, but the new contract will provide a full service to islands’ businesses and consumers.

They say present arrangements mean that anyone with a concern can contact the Council’s Technical Services department, who will consider any appropriate measures on a case-by-case basis.