A councillor has slammed town hall chiefs for cold calling residents.

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A councillor has slammed town hall chiefs for cold calling residents.

Coun Maxine Callow, who has campaigned for measures to control unsolicited calls to people’s homes, said she was upset to hear Blackpool Council was undertaking a telephone survey of residents.

She told a meeting of full council that she was alerted by a concerned constituent.

Coun Callow said; “I am told we do use organisations at times for telephone canvassing, and to maximise responses from working residents we ask companies to phone at weekends.

“How dare we employ people to hound people in their own homes?

“And how can we spend public money and justify it on something like this.”

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for public protection, said there were two telephone surveys which the council were currently involved in - a general household survey and a town centre survey.

She added the council had plans for a system which enables people to block unwanted telephone calls.