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Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991

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47Notices to local authorities

(1)Subject to subsection (3) below, where it is proposed to carry on any underground coal-mining operations, the Corporation shall give notice of the operations to any local authority whose area includes land which may be affected by subsidence as a result of the operations.

(2)Subject to subsection (3) below, where any underground coal-mining operations are being carried on, the Corporation shall give notice of such facts as may be prescribed to any local authority whose area includes land which has been or may be affected by subsidence as a result of the operations.

(3)Subsections (1) and (2) above shall not apply in any case where—

(a)the underground coal-mining operations in question are proposed to be or are being carried on by a licensee of the Corporation whose licence was granted before 1st May 1991; and

(b)the Corporation have no knowledge of the licensee’s proposals or activities.

(4)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision as respects—

(a)the contents and form of notices under this section;

(b)the times at which such notices are to be given;

(c)any information which is to accompany such notices.

(5)Each local authority shall—

(a)secure that copies of all notices and other information received by them under this section are made available, at all reasonable times, for inspection by the public free of charge; and

(b)provide facilities for obtaining copies of such documents on payment of a reasonable fee.

(6)In this section “local authority” means—

(a)in relation to England and Wales, the council of a district or non-metropolitan county;

(b)in relation to Scotland, a district or islands council.

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