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7.—(1) A person authorised in writing by the Corporation (in this Article referred to as an “authorised person”) may, on production if required of his credentials, at any reasonable time enter any land for the purpose of survey, valuation or examination—
(a)where the Corporation proposes to acquire the land compulsorily under Article 6; or
(b)where it appears to the Corporation that survey, valuation or examination is necessary in order to determine whether the land should be so acquired.
(2) A power of entry under paragraph (1) shall not be exercisable in relation to any land except—
(a)with consent given by the occupier of the land; or
(b)after at least twenty-four hours' notice of the intended entry has been served on the occupier or owner of the land.
(3) If any person, other than the owner or occupier of the land, knowingly prevents an authorised person from carrying out anything which the authorised person is duly authorised to do or obstructs the authorised person in carrying out any such thing, he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding[F1 level 2 on the standard scale].
(4) If any person, being the owner or occupier of land, knowingly prevents an authorised person from duly carrying into effect any survey, valuation or examination of the land or obstructs the authorised person in doing any such survey, valuation or examination, a court of summary jurisdiction on proof thereof may order him to permit to be done on the land all things requisite for carrying into effect such survey, valuation or examination; and, if he fails to comply with the order, he shall be guilty of an offence and shall, for every day during which the failure continues, be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding[F1 level 2 on the standard scale].
(5) Where under this Article an authorised person enters any land, he shall ensure that the land is not left less secure by reason of the entry, and the Corporation shall make good or pay compensation for any damage to property caused by, or in consequence of, the authorised person exercising any right or failing to perform any duty under this Article.
(6) Any question of disputed compensation under this Article shall be referred to and determined by the Lands Tribunal.
(7) Any reference in this Article to an occupier or to an owner shall be construed as including a reference to a person appointed in writing by the occupier or owner as his representative for purposes including all or any of the purposes of this Article.
(8) Any power conferred by this Article shall be construed as including power to search and bore for the purpose of ascertaining the course of any sewers or drains or of ascertaining the nature of the subsoil therein and to take and carry away for examination specimens of the subsoil found therein.
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