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Conflicting ambitions


Your debaters on the use of contractor fines for overrunning streetworks have, like many others, missed the point. Contractors do not of their own volition dig up roads. They carry out the work because a client has awarded them a contract, usually to extremely tight timescales and with a significant penalty for lateness.

The root cause of streetworks is the desire by a utility to improve or maintain its infrastructure to meet the demands of its own customers, the majority of whom are the general public.

Rather than blame contractors, perhaps our politicians, both local and national, should be better educated about the consequences of a buoyant economy and the enhanced customer service expectations of their voters which leads to the requirement for streetwork in the first place.

Brian Rodgers (M)

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