(1) Where a highway maintainable at the public expense comprises both a footway or footways and a carriageway, the appropriate authority may vary the relative widths of the carriageway and of any footway.
(2) Not less than twenty-one days before commencing any work under this section which will materially reduce the width of the carriageway or a footway of a classified road the authority shall give notice of the proposed works to the Minister.
(3) Where any part of a highway is carried by a bridge over a railway, canal, inland navigation, dock or harbour or forms the approaches to such a bridge, the powers conferred by this section shall not be exercised in relation to that part without the consent of the railway, canal, inland navigation, dock or harbour undertakers concerned
A consent required by this subsection shall not be unreasonably withheld, and any question arising under this subsection whether the withholding of a consent is unreasonable shall be determined by the Minister.
(4) In this section "the appropriate authority" means, in relation to a highway in a rural district, the council of the county in which the highway is situated, and, in relation to a highway in a borough or urban district, the council of the borough or district, as the case may be:
Provided that a council shall not exercise a power conferred by subsection (1) of this section in relation to a highway for which they are not the highway authority without the consent of the highway authority therefor.—[Mr. Nugent.]
§ Brought up, and read the First time.
§ Mr. Nugent
I beg to move, That the Clause be read a Second time.
341 This, and the following two Clauses, also contain financial implications and are, therefore, Clauses involving Privilege.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.