Brighton court fines scaffolder for not having licence

Posted On 25 Dec 2016 at 10:35 am

A court has fined a scaffolder for putting up scaffolding without a licence in a street in the centre of Brighton.

Richard Bonner, from RB&S Scaffolding, Eastbourne, was fined £1,000 at Brighton Magistrates’ Court for having scaffolding on the public highway without a licence between dates in September and November.

Mr Bonner, of Cheshire Court, Leslie Street, Eastbourne, who did not attend court, was found guilty of erecting scaffolding in Castle Street, Brighton, without permission from Brighton and Hove City Council.

The company was also ordered to pay £450 costs and £100 victim surcharge.

Under the Highways Act 1980, any scaffolding placed on the public highway has to be licensed by the council.

As part of the licence application, the council’s highways team carries out checks to make sure scaffolding is not causing a danger to members of the public.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, who chairs the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “The council checks out unlicensed scaffolding as it could pose a danger to the public.

“Most firms make sure they are meeting their legal requirements by applying for a licence and we will take action on unlicensed and therefore illegal scaffolding.”

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