£3,000 for unauthorised roadworks during holiday season
utility firm which caused traffic delays by carrying out unauthorised
roadworks near Burnham-On-Sea at the peak of the holiday season
has been fined £3,000.
Water was fined after it went ahead with the roadworks in South
Road, Brean on 21st June 2017 despite being asked not to amid concern
about high traffic flows.
Water has been sentenced at Taunton Magistrates Court after pleading
guilty to three charges, involving three incidents in Wells, Axbridge
firm has been fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,130
in costs and a £150 victim surcharge.
County Council, which is responsible for managing the road network
in the Burnham-On-Sea area, prosecuted Bristol Water as part of
its commitment to minimising disruption to the travelling public.
authority said this week that it does its best to plan ahead and
avoid overlapping or clashing works, therefore unauthorised works
and road closures make this difficult job even harder.
John Woodman, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member for
Highways, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This prosecution sends
a very clear message to anyone who works on the highway that we
will not tolerate unauthorised roadworks."
receive around 85 requests for roadworks every single day and consider
many factors when approving and co-ordinating these."
we have three sets of roadworks which were not approved and caused
avoidable disruption to the travelling public."
is not acceptable and Im pleased we have been able to take
charges relate to the Highways Act and New Roads and Street Works
(NRSWA) Act. The breakdown of fines and costs was Highways Act Section
137 charge: £500; NRSWA Section 56 (3) charge: £1,500;
NRSWA Section 54 (5) charge: £2,000; Total fines: £3,000;
Costs: £1,130; Victim Surcharge: £150. The fines take
into account the early guilty plea.