Digital TV switchover advice in Bolsover district

With the digital switchover now just weeks away, residents are being reminded not to fall victim to rogue traders as a result of the impending TV change.

By now, everyone should have received an information pack from Digital UK, with older and disabled people being sent a Switchover Help Scheme pack. These packs explain what people need to do, who might need changes to equipment and where those eligible for the Help Scheme should apply.

There have been a small number of rogue trader cases in areas that have already switched to the digital service and Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnerships want to help ensure there are none in their areas.

They are reminding people of a few key points to ensure they are not tricked into buying unnecessary items or allowing unscrupulous people into their homes.

The first point is that you do not need a new TV set – almost all sets can be converted with a digital box. Secondly you do not need a new aerial either; if the one you have provides a good signal that will still be the case with digital.

If you are entitled to help and someone is coming to visit you from the Help Scheme they will not turn up without making an appointment with you first, so do not let anyone in who arrives without an appointment and when they do come check their id before letting them in.

If you have elderly friends, neighbours or relatives make sure they are aware of these facts.

You can check the exact date of switchover for your property by going to the postcode checker at www.digitaluk.co.uk or call 08456 50 50 50 but the change for Bolsover and North East Derbyshire is expected to start on 17th August when the BBC 2 analogue is switched off. The other channels follow on August 31.

Coun Brian Murray Carr, chairman of Bolsover Community Safety Partnership, said: “We are confident the switchover will go well and the Partnerships hope that their reminder to residents will help with this.”