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Calls to 'name and shame' utility firms for bodge jobs on roads as companies hit with £500k fines

Highways chiefs may consider publishing a league table which “names and shames” the utility firms which leave Gloucestershire’s roads in a bad state after conducting repairs.

Gloucestershire County Council has been increasing its clampdown on companies who conduct repairs which are below standard.

Over the last year it issued just under £500,000 in fines for inadequate work or traffic management. Councillor David Willingham (LD, St Mark's and St Peter's), asked during the meeting at Shire Hall on June 28, if publishing a league table of the worst offenders would be considered.

“Can we get the figures published so we’ve got a league table of the worst utility companies and we can hold them to account and the public can see who is messing up our roads. And the action being taken.”

Highways and flood cabinet member Dom Morris said he would give it some thought as it is a "really interesting" proposal. “As a matter of principle, I think transparency is the way forward.

“I will have a conversation with officers over the legality and policy implications of publishing that. As a matter of principle, I think utility companies should be held to account by us as elected councillors but also the Gloucestershire public.

“It’s a really interesting issue, I can’t make any promises but let’s have a look at it.”

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