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Clause 42—(Diversion Of Public Paths)

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 19 July 1949

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I beg to move, in page 32, line 33, at the end, to insert:

"(a) the diversion would have on public enjoyment of the path as a whole."
The purpose of this Amendment is that, when confirming an order for the diversion of a public path, the Minister shall have regard to the effect of public enjoyment of the path as a whole. That is an additional factor of which we must take account. As the Clause stood, we had to have regard merely to convenience, but it might even be that the alternative right of way, while more convenient, was ugly or unsatisfactory. While the public enjoyment is not a determining factor, it was felt that the Minister should have that in mind as one of the factors to take into consideration.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: In page 32, line 40, leave out "( a) and ( b)," and insert "( b) and ( c)."—[ Mr. Silkin.]