Unsolicited visitors arriving at the doorsteps of people living on a clutch of Haverhill streets could become a thing of the past if a new scheme gets the go ahead.
The seven streets - including Clayhive Drive and Clements Close - that currently have members of the KICS Residents Association living on them could become a No Cold Calling Zone (NCCZ) should the proposal be approved.
The idea was suggested to KICS by borough and county councillor Anne Gower and together they are now working on the next steps.
Micka Guerit, KICS chairman, said: “The aim of the group is to make the place more secure as well as clean. We want the place to be a nice place to live in.
“There are lots of bungalows with older people and it’s not always good for them to open their door to people they don’t know.”
To be able to apply for NCCZ status for the seven streets, KICS needs to approach those residents who are not members of the association to see if they agree with the idea.
Once that is done the scheme could progress to possible fruition.
NCCZs are set up to stop uninvited doorstep sales people and to warn rogue traders and cold-callers that they are not welcome in the designated zones via street signage and doorstep stickers that warn them that they have entered an NCCZ.
Key partners in the set up and running of the zones primarily start with a resident nominating their road who is willing to be the coordinator for the zone.
Other partners include local councillors, Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and the Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
Nominations are assessed by Trading Standards, which has the power to prosecute anyone who fails to adhere to the NCCZs.