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(1)This section applies to any obligation to which any person was subject, before the commencement of this Act, by reason of tenure, custom, prescription or otherwise, except an obligation under an enactment re-enacted in this Act or the M1Water Resources Act 1991.
(2)If any person—
(a)is liable, by reason of any obligation to which this section applies, to do any work in relation to any watercourse, bridge or drainage work (whether by way of repair, maintenance or otherwise); and
(b)fails to do the work,
the drainage board concerned may serve a notice on that person requiring him to do the necessary work with all reasonable and proper despatch.
(3)Subject to section 107(2) of the Water Resources Act 1991, the powers conferred by this section shall not be exercisable in connection with a main river, the banks of such a river or any drainage works in connection with such a river.
(4)If any person fails, within seven days, to comply with a notice served on him under subsection (2) above by the drainage board concerned, the board may do all such things as are necessary for that purpose.
(5)Any expenses reasonably incurred, in the exercise of their powers under this section, by the drainage board concerned may be recovered from the person liable to repair.
(6)Subject to section 8 above, references in this section to the drainage board concerned—
(a)in relation to any watercourse, bridge or drainage works in an internal drainage district, are references to the drainage board for that district; and
(b)in relation to any other watercourse, bridge or drainage works, are references to the [F1Agency].
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