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(1)Where a ditch is in such a condition as—
(a)to cause injury to any land; or
(b)to prevent the improvement of the drainage of any land,
the Agricultural Land Tribunal, on the application of the owner or occupier of the land, may if they think fit make an order requiring the person or persons named in the order to carry out such remedial work as may be specified in the order.
(2)An order under this section with respect to a ditch may name—
(a)any person who is an owner or occupier of land through which the ditch passes or which abuts on the ditch; and
(b)any person who, though not such an owner or occupier, has a right to carry out the work specified in the order or any part of it.
(3)Where an order under this section names more than one person it may either—
(a)require each of those persons to carry out a specified part of the work specified in the order; or
(b)subject to subsection (4) below, require all those persons jointly to carry out the whole of that work.
(4)Where the Agricultural Land Tribunal make an order requiring persons jointly to carry out any work, the Tribunal, without prejudice to those persons’ joint liability, may, if they think fit, specify in the order the proportions in which those persons are to contribute to the cost of doing so.
(5)In this section—
“ditch” includes a culverted and a piped ditch but does not include a watercourse vested in, or under the control of, a drainage body; and
“remedial work”, in relation to a ditch, means work—
(a)for cleansing the ditch, removing from it any matter which impedes the flow of water or otherwise putting it in proper order; and
(b)for protecting it.
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