Anglian Water prosecuted for botched road repairs in Norfolk village

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 December 2012 | UPDATED: 09:48 17 December 2012

Long Stratton's village sign

Long Stratton's village sign

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

A water company has been fined £8,100 after botched road repairs caused “significant congestion and disruption” in a Norfolk village.

Anglian Water repeatedly failed over a four-month period to return Ipswich Road, in Long Stratton, to its original state after carrying out urgent repairs to a water main.

The firm has admitted eight charges from November 11, 2011, to March 13, 2012, at Norwich Magistrates’ Court.

They include four offences of failing to reinstate the street to the correct standard and one charge of failing to give correct notice to Norfolk County Council for the proposed works.

Anglian Water has apologised for the errors and said it has carried out a “thorough review”.

It must pay the council’s court costs of £4,556.80p.

County council spokesman John Birchall said the roadworks, which were completed in April, caused significant congestion and disruption to traffic. He said: “We only prosecute as a last resort, but are perfectly prepared to do so if the travelling public are being seriously inconvenienced or put at risk by utility companies because of failures in managing their works, or poor reinstatement of the highway.”

An Anglian Water spokesman said contractor errors led to the failings. But the company accepted it was its responsibility for ensuring the work on its pipe was done properly.

He said: “We very much regret the failures which followed urgent repairs to a water main in November and December 2011.

“Repeated attempts to return the road to its original state were unsuccessful and there was a failure to give Norfolk County Council proper notice of the time and nature of work needed.”

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