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My report has been closed with 'third-party apparatus/defect' comment. What does this mean?

Question:
My report has been closed with 'third-party apparatus/defect' comment. What does this mean?
Answer:

Many of our roads and footways house the infrastructure which supplies gas, water, electricity and other services to our homes and businesses. Utility companies understandably wish to assure that they can continually provide their essential supplies and to enable them to do so means they have a legal right to work in the highway. It also means they are responsible for repairing their apparatus if it becomes defective, and also for ensuring that any reinstatements they make to road or footway surfaces following excavations, are fit for purpose.

Either the apparatus (e.g. ironwork) or defect (e.g. a surface reinstatement) in question is not the responsibility of Staffordshire County Council and the inspector has raised a notice and sent this to the relevant apparatus owner.

If the issue is non-urgent, we will continue to monitor the location during routine safety inspections. No action is required from you, however, you may wish to contact the apparatus owner directly to pursue when they will complete the necessary repair.

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