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The Laganside Development (Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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[F1Byelaws as to use of river and certain adjacent landN.I.

19.(1) The Department may make byelaws—

(a)regulating the use of the river by vessels;

(b)requiring vessels using the river to be licensed for that purpose by the Department;

(c)regulating fishing in the river;

(d)requiring persons fishing in the river to obtain a permit for that purpose from the Department;

(e)regulating the grant, renewal and revocation of licences under sub-paragraph (b) and permits under sub-paragraph (d), the conditions subject to which such licences and permits are to be granted and prescribing the fees payable in respect of the grant or renewal of such licences or permits;

(f)regulating the construction, condition, safety and control of vessels which may use the river and the equipment to be carried on such vessels;

(g)regulating the movement of vessels, and the use of lights, on the river;

(h)for the levying by the Department of charges in respect of the use of the river or any service or facility provided by the Department on the river or on land adjacent to the river;

(i)for the removal by the Department of vessels or objects from the river in such circumstances as may be specified in the byelaws, the storage and disposal by the Department of vessels or objects so removed and the recovery by the Department of the costs of removal, storage and disposal;

(j)regulating the conduct of persons on the river or on land adjacent to the river vested in the Department;

(k)prohibiting the erection of any structure in the river or on land mentioned in sub-paragraph (j) without the consent of the Department;

(l)prohibiting the carrying on of any commercial activity on the river or on any land mentioned in sub-paragraph (j) without the consent of the Department;

(m)for such other purposes as appear to the Department to be appropriate in furthering its object under this Order.

(2) Byelaws under this Article shall not apply in relation to—

(a)any part of the river within the limits for the time being of the jurisdiction of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners under the Belfast Harbour Acts 1847 to 1967; or

(b)any land adjacent to any such part of the river.

(3) The Department may authorise persons appointed or employed to enforce byelaws made under this Article to take any action necessary for that purpose.

(4) The powers of a person authorised under paragraph (3) include power—

(a)to board and inspect any vessel on the river; and

(b)to require any person suspected of contravening a byelaw to furnish his name and address to that authorised person.

(5) Any person who contravenes a byelaw made under this Article shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale, and in the case of a continuing offence, a further fine not exceeding £2 per day for each day on which the offence continues after conviction.

(6) Section 94 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907 (licensing powers of district council in relation to pleasure vessels and persons in charge thereof) shall not apply in relation to any vessel using the river.]

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