The Virgin Media internet company has come under renewed attack for the state of its utility boxes, writes James Bagley.

The company has been heavily criticised by Slough councillors in recent months for alleged slow response in repairing the front doors of its utility cabinets.

Maidenhead councillor Phil Haseler (Conservative: Cox Green) called out the communications giant via Twitter for the slow repair time and the number of broken boxes around the area after a few cabinets took months to be fixed.

Now the chairman of Slough's Liberal Democrats Robert Plimmer has called on residents to report damaged junction boxes when they spot them. Enough complaints would empower the council to issue a Section 81 order forcing Virgin Media to repair any of the 30 year old junction boxes which Mr Plimmer describes as 'old and falling apart'.

He recently reported a cabinet box in Bruce Close at Windsor Meadows Estate in Cippenham which was fixed.

But he said: "“I have been reporting these unsecured utility cabinets to Slough Borough Council for issuing Section 81 notices to Virgin Media for the past two years.

“There are still many of these 30 year old utility boxes across Windsor, Slough, Maidenhead and South Bucks that are in need of repair to secure their cabinet doors."

A Virgin Media spokesperson said: “We are in the process of repairing cabinet doors in Slough as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”