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The Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999


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Article 42(4)(a).


1.  Clearing of waterways, including—

(a)the removal of obstructions, including fallen or ingrowing trees, refuse or other material;

(b)the removal of shoals and cesses;

(c)the shaping, trimming and revetting of banks.

2.  Works in connection with waterways, including—

(a)the cleansing, widening, deepening, covering or otherwise improving of existing waters;

(b)the dredging and maintenance of channels;

(c)the cutting of new drains where required;

(d)the abstraction from any source of any water necessary to the purposes of navigation;

(e)the construction of locks, dams, culverts, overflow culverts, pumping stations, aqueducts or viaducts;

(f)the raising and repairing of existing embankments, and the construction of new embankments;

(g)the sinking of pumping sumps;

(h)the construction and repairing of sluices or valves;

(i)the removal and disposal of old spoil banks;

(j)the construction of hydro-electric power stations in connection with any pumping station or pumping sump.

3.  New construction, including—

(a)the diversion of waterways;

(b)the cutting through of “U” or “S” bends so as to straighten and shorten the channel;

(c)the construction of new waterways, and of new outfall channels to existing main drains and their feeders;

(d)the construction, alteration, restoration or improvement of any quay, harbour, mooring, dry dock, fish pass, slipway, navigation aid, towing path, culvert, overflow culvert, pipe, drain or road (other than a road within the meaning of the [1993 NI 15.] Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993);

(e)the provision of such buildings as the Department considers appropriate in connection with any works described in this Schedule;

(f)the reconstruction and improvement of bridges, locks, overflows, weirs, hatches and outfalls necessitating structural alterations;

(g)the reconstruction of damaged or inadequate bridges and culverts, and the substitution of new bridges and culverts therefor;

(h)the building of embankments and walls for the prevention of flooding or erosion;

(i)the formation of cattle water-places, sheep-dipping and other conveniences, the provision of which is calculated to minimise the risk of future damage to any specified canal which has been improved.

4.  Removal, alteration or improvement of artificial objects such as sluices, dams, sea defence works, pumping stations and pumping sumps.

5.  Sea defence works.

6.  The operation of any works described in this Schedule.

7.  Such other works or classes of works as may be considered by the Department to be analogous or ancillary to any classes of works described in this Schedule.

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