A BROADBAND provider has been handed “a hefty double fine” after being found guilty of two offences.

Truespeed Communications Ltd has been fined a total of £8,000 for a double breach in Mendip earlier this year for street works “without a valid or deemed permit” and for failing “to ensure that their street works were safely signed, lighted, and guarded”.

Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Truespeed Communications Ltd as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe.

A statement from the county council said: “The case, heard at North Somerset Magistrates on Thursday, December 9 was: “Hoares Lane, Kilmersdon “Truespeed Communications Ltd was found guilty of two offences, which includes: “On 11 May 2021 carried out street works at Hoares Lane, Kilmersdon, without a valid or deemed permit, contrary to Regulation 19 of The Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007.

“On 11 May 2021 at Hoares Lane, Kilmersdon as a statutory undertaker, they failed to ensure that their street works were safely signed, lighted and guarded, contrary to section 65(4) of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.”

In sentencing the judge noted the company’s previous good character, and that they had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, the offences were committed due to a lack of proper planning of the works.

The company were fined £4,000 on the first charge and £4,000 on the second charge.

Costs of £5,000 and a victim surcharge of £195 were also awarded against the company.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “To work on our highways, you must co-operate with the Highways authority and avoid unnecessary disruption on our roads.

“We want to make it clear that we take complaints seriously and deal with them in a speedy manner.”

The company has started rolling out its ultrafast, full-fibre network which will benefit more than 15,000 premises in Somerset and cover Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, and Street.