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New Clause—(Acceptance Of New Paths Created By Dedication)

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 19 July 1949

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Section twenty-three of the Highway Act, 1835 (which provides that such highways as are therein mentioned shall not become repairable by the inhabitants at large unless certain conditions are complied with on the dedication thereof) shall apply to any public path dedicated after the commencement of this Act otherwise than in pursuance of a public path agreement.—[ Mr. Silkin.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

8.30 p.m.

I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

This is a simple new Clause, the purpose of which is to protect local authorities against unsolicited gifts whereby they might become liable without their approval or agreement to carry out works of maintenance. Where there has been a dedication, Section 23 of the Highway Act will remain operative except where the local authority has made an agreement to that effect.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.