Utility firm fined for breaching signage rules

A water supply company has received a significant fine after pleading guilty to a roadworks offence which took place earlier this year.

Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Wessex Water Services Ltd as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe.

The case, heard at Taunton Magistrates on Wednesday 4 November, was:

Forton Road, Chard

Wessex Water Services Ltd pleaded guilty to one offence contrary to the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) under S65 for failing to sign, light and guard a worksite having regard especially for those with visibility or mobility impairment on the above date.

This relates to unauthorised roadworks on 4 June 2020.

Wessex Water Services Ltd was fined £12,000 for the offence and ordered to pay £1,907.16 in costs and a victim surcharge of £170.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “If you want to work on our highways, you must co-operate with the Highways authority and avoid unnecessary disruption on our roads and ensuring people’s safety. However, on this occasion, this was ignored.

“I’m pleased to see significant fines handed out and hope this sends a strong message that we will take action when it is in the public interest to do so.”

Details of approved roadworks can be found on our searchable map at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/roadworks. If anyone is concerned about roadworks, they can flag this up to the team by contacting @TravelSomerset on Twitter.