County pursues court action

PUBLISHED: 13:29 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

UTILITY companies have been fined for low standards of work in reinstating the county's roads after service repairs.

UTILITY companies have been fined for low standards of work in reinstating the county's roads after service repairs.Devon County Council pursued the prosecutions against utility companies and its own contractors to ensure strict standards are maintained.South West Water was fined £1,800 and ordered to pay £837.10 costs by Cullompton Magistrates on July 25, for failing to sign and guard works at Wards Cross, Whimple in March and East Budleigh Road, Budleigh Salterton, in February.The same magistrates fined BT £750 and ordered the firm to pay costs of £382.13 for a similar offence in Rockbeare, in March.Councillor Margaret Rogers, DCC executive member for environment, said: "We haven't taken the decision to prosecute lightly. We are trying to encourage the companies to think more positively about what they do and how they do it."They should cause minimum disruption and ensure the safety of their own workforce and that of the travelling public and pedestrians."I hope there will be fewer cases of faulty management and reinstatement so that the public is not unnecessarily endangered, inconvenienced or their council tax payments used to make good the shortcomings of utilities.

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