HC Deb 28 July 1959 vol 610 cc47-8W
84. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what representations he has received from individual owners or from the local authority about hardship inflicted by the Selsey Bill scheme under the Coast Protection Act, 1949; what directions he has given to the authority to publish the basis of calculating individual charges; and what is the estimated cost of the scheme, the proportion of government grant and the approximate date of completion.

Mr. Bevins

The scheme will cost about £500,000, of which approximately one half will be paid by the Exchequer; I understand it will be completed next spring. My right hon. Friend has given no directions as to the publication of the basis on which individual charges are assessed, but Section 7 (3) of the Coast Protection Act provides that they are to be related to the increased value of property following the construction of the works. My right hon. Friend has received no representations from any property owner. When the charges to be levied on owners have been determined, any person aggrieved will have the right under Section 7 (6) of the Act to appeal to my right hon. Friend on the grounds that they are inequitable or unduly onerous.