HC Deb 30 January 1929 vol 224 cc1052-3

"As from the appointed day, a county council may by agreement with the council of any urban district within the county undertake, in consideration of such payments as may be agreed, the maintenance, repair, and improvement of any unclassified road within the urban district, and any road with respect to which such an agreement is for the time being in force shall be vested in the county council, and that council and the urban district council, respectively, shall have in regard to it the same functions as they would have if it were a county road."—[Colonel Ashley.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Colonel ASHLEY

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

This is a purely voluntary Clause. If any of these smaller urban district councils find that, owing to the provisions of this Bill, their first and second class roads are vested in the county council and they are left with a negligible quantity, two or three or five miles, of unclassified roads to maintain, they shall be empowered to go to the county council and say, "Will you maintain these roads for us and we will pay for them?" It will enable them to avoid the expense of a separate staff.

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