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Virgin Media forks out

Published Thursday, 03 July 2014

Magistrates have ordered Virgin Media to pay a total of £6,120 for endangering the public while repairing fibre optic broadband cables following a successful prosecution by Enfield Council.

The company was ordered to pay a £2,000 fine, £4,000 costs and a £120 victim surcharge at Islington Magistrates’ Court on June 30 after admitting the works taking place at the junction of Silver Street and Baker Street on 21 August endangered the public by blocking off the pavement and forcing them to walk in a busy road.
The company accepted that a breach of safety requirements had occurred and that action has since been taken to prevent similar situations from happening.
According to figures published under the London Permit Scheme Enfield have dealt with the most recorded failed worksites in London for the third year in row showing that failing to ensure public safety around street work sites will not be tolerated.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We appreciate that companies have to carry out routine maintenance work and we try hard to make life as easy for companies to reduce disruption for both them and residents while these works are being done.
“We won’t tolerate companies endangering residents through ill-conceived or dangerous work sites and we’ll prosecute whenever we think it is necessary."

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