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Who controls when roadworks take place?
Most roadworks are carried out by utility companies: gas,
electricity, telephone, water and cable. These are controlled by
the council under the New
Road and Street Works Act 1991.
This allows it to control the timing and quality of the works
and to set out traffic arrangements to try to reduce
What to do if someone has dug a hole and the barriers have been
The responsibility for protecting and reinstating a trench or
hole is placed on the company who dug it. If a defect is notified
to the council, it will endeavour to contact the correct company
asking that the situation is resolved.
If you have any further questions tell us using this
online form or get in touch using the contact details
below. This form can also be used to report overflowing
or dangerous skips and dangerous scaffolding.
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