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Utility firm pays price for dodgy repairs

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08 December 2016

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Virgin Media have been ordered to fork out more than £21,000 in fines and costs after they admitted failing to properly repair roads they had dug up for cable maintenance or installation in Enfield.

Virgin Media have been ordered to fork out more than £21,000 in fines and costs after they admitted failing to properly repair roads they had dug up for cable maintenance or installation in Enfield.

The utility giant was prosecuted by Enfield Council after tests on 16 roads affected, which found 12 had failed quality tests.

At Tottenham Magistrates' Court on 1 December, Virgin Media pleaded guilty to 12 offences under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and was ordered to pay out a total of £21,966.12.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "Virgin Media is a multinational corporation which makes huge sums of money from its customers in Enfield. It is therefore completely unacceptable for them to dig up our roads for their benefit and to increase their profit margin, but then do a slipshod and poor quality job of repairing them afterwards.

"We are committed to encouraging growth in our borough and promote better connectivity and we work with all utility providers to achieve this aim on behalf of our residents. However, we also have a duty to protect the integrity of the public highway so will take action against those who fail to meet the minimum standards required to ensure that the public are not inconvenienced with unnecessary road repairs.

"I am delighted that magistrates took this matter so seriously, which sends out a strong message that such behaviour will not be tolerated."

As well as the fines, Virgin Media were also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge and £646.12 costs.