8 December 2017

Scaffolding firm brought down by city enforcers

The city council’s Highway Enforcement Team has successfully prosecuted a Southwick company for erecting scaffolding on the highway without permission.

Brighton magistrates court found Robinson Scaffolding, of Manor Hall Road, Southwick, guilty of illegally assembling scaffolding at Bonchurch Road and Brewer Street, both Brighton, at a hearing on Wed 5 December.

The company was fined £750 and ordered to pay £350 legal costs. 

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the city’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “This prosecution is a great victory for public safety. 

“Illegally placed scaffolding can be dangerous and this court case serves as a warning to other scaffolding companies who are not practising within the law and who don’t have public safety at the forefront of their minds.”

As part of the Highways Act 1980 all companies, contractors and householders who want to put objects on the public highway need to obtain a licence from the council.