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New Clause B—(Street Works Expenses For Premises Flanking Or Backing On The Street)

Volume 645: debated on Monday 24 July 1961

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Lords Amendment: After words last inserted, insert new Clause B:

"B. In subsection (2) of section two hundred and ten of the principal Act (which empowers the street works authority to bear the whole or a portion of the expenses of any street works which would otherwise be apportioned on or to the owner of any premises of which only the rear or a flank fronts the street) the word ' only ' shall be omitted."

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

Section 210 (2) of the Highways Act, 1959, enables a street works authority to meet the whole or part of the expense falling on the owner of premises which have only a flank or a rear frontage to the street which is being made up. The Amendment is designed to enable the street works authority to make a contribution in the comparatively rare case where, because of the direction of the street being made up, the premises have both a front and a flank facing the street.

It would enable a contribution to be made in respect of the whole frontage, both the front and the flank. The particular case where this is likely to arise—and it is a very rare case in any event—is where a house is on a corner, and where it has therefore a front and a flank frontage on the street which is to be made up. We understand from the local authority associations that there have been some cases of hardship being imposed upon individuals as a result of the present law. It is therefore a very useful alteration to make at this stage.

Question put and agreed to. [ Special Entry.]