§ '(1) A district or islands council may, in accordance with this section, on any part of the seashore or in or on adjacent waters or the bed thereof, execute any works for the purpose of preserving, improving or restoring amenity.
§ (2) Works may be carried out under this section only if—
- (a) the council have complied with subsection (4) below and made such other inquiries as may be reasonably necessary to ascertain the existence and identity of each person having, in the seashore or in relation to the adjacent waters or in the bed thereof or in any salmon fishings, a proprietorial interest which may be affected by the works; and
- (b) subject to subsection (5) below—
- (i) every such person has consented to their being carried out;
- (ii) in the case of works by the district council, they have obtained the consent of the river purification board within whose area the works are to be carried out; and
- (iii) in the case of works by the district council, they have, if not obliged to give notice to the coast protection authority under section 17 of the Coast Protection Act 1949, obtained the consent of the regional council within whose area the works are to be carried out.
§ (3) A district or islands council, when exercising their powers under this section, shall have regard to the need to protect and maintain any public rights under the guardianship of the Crown to use the foreshore and adjacent waters or the bed thereof.
§ (4) The district or islands council shall—
- (a) give public notice of their proposal to carry out works under this section and of the effect of subsection (2)(b)(i) above in relation to that proposal in a newspaper circulating in the area where the works are proposed to be carried out; and
- (b) notify the Crown Estate Commissioners of that proposal.
§ (5) If a district or islands council have complied with subsections (2)(a) and (4) above but the consent of a person whose consent to the carrying out of the works is required under subsection (2)(b)(i) above cannot be obtained because his existence or identity is unknown or he cannot be found or if the consent of a person whose consent is required under subsection (2)(b) above cannot be obtained because he fails to respond in any way to a request for his consent, the council may nevertheless proceed to carry out the works but shall not so proceed earlier than one month after the date of the advertisement under subsection (4) above or, if there were more than one advertisement, the later or last of these dates.'.—[Mr. John MacKay.]
§ Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.
§ Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bernard Weatherill)
The hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Foulkes) raised a point of order at the beginning of the proceedings about his starred new clauses. I have now had an opportunity to look into the matter. I understand that they were carefully considered by Mr. Speaker at his selection conference this morning. I regret that it is not possible to select them now.
§ Mr. Foulkes
May I thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for that further consideration. I fully accept the decision.