That the draft of a Special Order proposed to be made by the Board of Trade under the Gas Undertakings Acts, 1920 and 1929, on the application of the Swindon United Gas Company, which was presented on the 22nd day of February and published, be approved.
That the draft of a Special Order proposed to be made by the Board of Trade under the Gas Undertakings Acts, 1920 and1929 and
1929, on the application of the Watford and St. Albans Gas Company, which was presented on the 6th day of December and published, be approved, with the following modifications and additions:—
§ Page 17, at the end, insert the following provision:—
§ For protection of Hertfordshir County Council,
§ 39. The following provisions for the protection of the county council of the administrative county of Hertford (in this Section referred to as the county council') shall, notwithstanding anything in this Order contained and unless otherwise agreed between the Welwyn Company and the county council apply and have effect with respect to the exercise of any powers of the Welwyn Company in or affecting any main road or any county or main road, bridge, or approaches thereto in the Hatfield district vested in the county council (that is to say):—
- (1) All new mains, pipes, and works (not being replacements of existing mains, pipes, and works) to be laid in or along any such road or in or upon or across any such bridge or approach shall be laid in such position in or at the side thereof as the county council in writing under the hand of their surveyor may reasonably direct;
- (2) The notice required by Section eight of the Gasworks Clauses Act, 1847, with respect to the breaking up of streets shall, as regards any such road, bridge, or approach, be not less than seven days instead of three days;
- (3) Nothing in this Order contained shall interfere with the right of the county
820 council to alter the level of, deviate, or improve in any manner they think fit any main road or the approaches to any county or main road bridge in or along which any mains, pipes, or works of the Welwyn Company shall have been laid, and the Welwyn Company shall with all reasonane despatch on receiving notice in writing under the hand of the clerk or surveyor to the county council so to do alter the position of any such mains, pipes, or works in the manner and to the extent prescribed by such notice or as in the case of difference shall be determined in the manner hereinafter prescribed and the county council shall repay to the Welwyn Company the expense reasonably incurred by the Welwyn Company in effecting any such alteration of the position of any such mains, pipes, or works;
- (4) Nothing in this Order contained shall interfere with the right of the county council at any time to remove, alter, rebuild, widen, or repair any county or main road, bridge, or roadway over the same over or near or attached to which any mains, pipes, or works of the Welwyn Company are carried in the same manner as they might have removed, altered, rebuilt, widened, or repaired such bridge or the roadway over the same if this Order had not been made and such mains, pipes, or works had not been laid over or near or attached to such bridge, and the county council shall not make any compensation to the Welwyn Company for any expense or loss to which the Welwyn Company may be put by reason or in consequence of any such removal, alteration, rebuilding, widening, or reparation, and in the event of any such bridge or the roadway over the same over or near or attached to Which any such mains, pipes, or works are laid being removed, altered, rebuilt, widened, or repaired as aforesaid the Welwyn Company shall, at their own cost in all things, alter the position of any works by which such mains or pipes are carried over, or near, or attached to such bridge or the roadway over the same: Provided that during the removal, alteration, rebuilding, widening, or reparation of such bridge or the roadway over the same as aforesaid the county council shall afford all reasonable facilities to enable the Welwyn Company temporarily to carry such mains and pipes across any stream or brook so as not to interrupt the continuous suply of gas or to diminish the pressure of such supply through such mains or pipes;
- (5) All works shall be so executed by the Welwyn Company as not to stop or (so far as reasonably practicable) impede or interfere with the traffic on any such road or over any such bridge or approach, and the Welwyn Company shall not break up at any one time a greater consecutive length than one hundred yards of any such road, bridge or approach;
- (6) If any difference arises at any time between the county council and the Welwyn Company touching this Section or anything to be done or not to be done thereunder such difference shall be referred to two justices sitting as a court of summary jurisdiction, who shall hear and determine the matter in dispute in all respects as if the same were a difference between the Welwyn Company and the county council under the Gasworks Clauses Act, 1847."—[Dr. Burgin.]
§ The remaining Orders were read, and postponed.