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County Council fines utility companies more than £500,000 for rogue signage

Lincolnshire County Council has fined utility companies more than half a million pounds for rogue signage and overrunning highways works last year, with Anglian Water making up nearly a third of all fines.

Figures released by LCC show a 66.74 percent increase in fines in 2021-22, charging £543,050 for a total of 1,875 permit breaching days.

Reasons for fines include where works have carried on, or signs left out, after a work permit has ended.

The county council has seen a 53.29 percent increase in fines since 2017 and a 60 percent increase in the length of time signage has been left out.

Anglian Water had the most fines for four of the past five years, except 2019 when Western Power was fined £9,200 across 20 days of breaches.

The water company has paid out 86.64 percent more in fines since 2017 and 72.37 percent in 2021-22.

However, it also left signs out nearly 90 percent longer than 2017 with an average of 1.5 signs being left out every day last year.

A spokesperson for the council said they were working hard to minimise disruption for road users.

They said teams were increasing their efficiency and part of the reason fines were going up was because their “policing” of the situation was improving.

“It’s unfortunate that these types of thing happen and we do try to resolve issues as speedily as we can,” Lincolnshire County Council said.

“We continue to work with other companies and providers at every possible opportunity to limit repeats of such items where we can.”

Last year Anglian Water undertook 16,348 works in the public highways, and said they made “every attempt to clear site within permit dates”.

A spokesperson said “Anglian Water is the largest work promoter in Lincolnshire, therefore apply for more permits than any other utility or highway authority.”

“A large amount of permits have been duration challenged to reduce our site occupation and minimise further disruption.

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