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City of Bristol (Portishead Docks) Act 1992 (c. xxi)

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3Power to close Portishead Docks

(1)Notwithstanding anything contained in the Portishead Docks Acts and the Bristol Dock Acts, but subject to the provisions of this Act, the Council may, on such day as they may by resolution appoint, discontinue the Portishead Docks undertaking and close the Portishead Docks to all vessels.

(2)On and from that day the Council shall be under no obligation to maintain and manage the Portishead Docks undertaking; and accordingly on that day—

(a)all powers, rights, liabilities and duties relating to that undertaking and conferred or imposed by any of the Portishead Docks Acts or the Bristol Dock Acts shall cease;

(b)any existing right of navigation over the Portishead Docks and any existing right to enter upon or use the Parish Wharf shall cease; and

(c)the Portishead Docks undertaking shall cease to be part of the Port of Bristol and of the Harbour of Bristol and shall cease to be part of the area within which the Council are entitled to exercise jurisdiction as a conservancy authority and as a local lighthouse authority.

(3)On the appointed day any existing right to enter upon or use the Portishead Pier shall cease.

(4)The date appointed by the Council by resolution as the date for the closure of the Portishead Docks under this section shall be a date not less than two months after the date of the resolution.

(5)Not less than 28 days before the appointed day the Council shall publish in Lloyd’s List newspaper and in at least one local newspaper circulating in Bristol a notice containing a copy of the resolution and explaining the effect thereof.

(6)Except as provided in subsection (3) above, nothing in this section shall affect the Portishead Pier estate.

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