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Building institute in fresh call to rein in the cowboys

THE CHARTERED Institute of Building is renewing its call for a clampdown on cowboy builders as part of its bid to run the Department of Environment Transport and the Region's list of approved contractors.

Chief executive Keith Banbury has written to construction minister Nick Raynsford outlining the plan and suggesting that legislation may be needed to tackle the industry's rogue element.

Initial bids to run the privatised service were lodged last month and the contract is expected to awarded in April or May next year.