• Donnington Grove

Builder pleads guilty to unfair trading

Following investigation by the Public Protection Partnership (PPP) Trading Standards, supported by the PPP Joint Case Management Unit, Mr Andrew Lee Dewhurst of Thames Avenue, Pangbourne trading as Stalwart Builders pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly or recklessly engaging in a commercial practice that contravened the requirements of professional diligence contrary to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 when he appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 2 March 2018.

The investigation took place following a complaint received by the Trading Standards service about work conducted by Mr Dewhurst at a property in Winnersh between December 2016 and January 2017. The work related to the conversion/updating of the garage structure at the rear of their property with a total of £16,402.83 being paid to Mr Dewhurst. The work completed was of poor standard.
Mr Dewhurst accepted that some of the work was not ‘to a standard’, but this came under ‘structural’. He also accepted that he had made an error of judgment, and was responsible for that and further that he had not returned to the property.

Mr Dewhurst was fined £467, reduced from £700 as a result of his guilty plea, costs totalling £3170.34 and a £46 victim surcharge.

Councillor Norman Jorgensen (Wokingham Borough) Chairman of the Joint Public Protection Committee, said: “The Partnership will always investigate matters of this nature and where appropriate legal action will follow. This kind of offending that leaves people with damaged property or out of pocket is completely unacceptable. This fine sends a clear message to would-be perpetrators.”
He added: “Any Bracknell, West Berkshire or Wokingham resident that has concerns about activity of this nature, or any other trading standards or public protection matter, should contact the service on 01635 519930 or e-mail tsadvice@westberks.gov.uk”.

The Public Protection Partnership is a shared service of Bracknell Forest Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council and delivers trading standards, environmental health and licensing functions.
For more information contact Claire Lockwood (01635) 519507. Email: claire.lockwood@westberks.gov.uk