Richard Busby (NCE Letters 25 May) is wrong to suggest there are 'assumptions' with regard to the rights of utilities to carry out street works.
The matter is closely regulated by Part III of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. Utilities such as water, gas, electricity and telephone are also regulated by their own Acts.
The new factor today is the large number of newer utilities - mainly in the communications field - which are competing for the same valuable space.
It then becomes a political argument as to how far 'consumer choice' should be allowed to grow - to the detriment of the 'highway user', bearing in mind that both 'consumers' and 'highway users' are at different times the same as Joe Public.
Philip Richards (M), Philip.Richards@corpoflondon.gov.uk