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Opencast Coal Act 1958

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36 Record of condition of land.E+W+S

(1)For the purpose of facilitating the assessment of compensation under this Part of this Act, [F1a person entitled to the rights conferred by a compulsory rights order]shall cause records to be made in accordance with the following provisions of this section.

(2)In the case of [F2any compulsory rights order], where [F1any person has] published, served and affixed notices under subsection (2) of section five of this Act, [F1that person shall] cause a record to be made of the condition, as on the date of entry,—

(a)of all the land comprised in the order, and

(b)of any other land which, in relation to that order, forms part of a holding to which section seventeen or section twenty-nine of this Act applies:

Provided that, in relation to an . . . F3 order made in accordance with section eight of this Act, this subsection shall apply as if paragraph (b) thereof were omitted.

(3)In the case of any compulsory rights order (other than any order made in accordance with section eight of this Act) [F1the person entitled immediately before the end of the period of occupation to the rights conferred by the order shall, at the end of that period], cause a record to be made of the condition, as at the end of that period, of all the land comprised in the order.

(4)Any record of the condition of land made under this section shall be made in pursuance of a comprehensive survey of the land, in so far as such a survey can be carried out by inspection and without any operations involving the excavation of land or the making of borings therein, and shall include all such particulars of the land and of things in or on the land as are reasonably required for recording the results of such a survey.

(5)Where [F1any person has caused a record to be made under this section, he] shall—

(a)in the case of a record made under subsection (2) of this section, within twenty-one days after the date of entry, and

(b)in the case of a record made under subsection (3) of this section, within twenty-one days after the end of the period of occupation,

serve on every person who is then known to them to be a person directly concerned a notice in the prescribed form together with a copy of the record.

(6)If any person, to whom a copy of a record is sent under this section, gives notice of objection to [F1the person who served the record], within twenty-one days after the date on which the copy was sent to him, requiring the record to be amended in one or more respects specified in the notice, then—

(a)if all the persons whose agreement is requisite agree on an amendment of the record (whether the amendment is that specified in the notice of objection or another amendment in substitution for it), [F1the person who served the record] shall cause the record to be amended accordingly;

(b)if no such agreement is reached, and the objection is not withdrawn, the matter in dispute shall be determined by arbitration.

(7)For the purposes of the last preceding subsection, the persons whose agreement is requisite shall be [F1the person who served the record] the person who gave the notice of objection, and all other persons to whom copies of the record were sent under this section.

(8)For the purposes of any arbitration under paragraph (b) of subsection (6) of this section—

(a)the reference shall be to a single arbitrator appointed by [F1the person who served the record] and the person who gave the notice of objection in consequence of which the dispute arose;

(b)except in relation to the appointment of an arbitrator, all persons whose agreement is requisite for the purposes of that subsection shall be parties to the reference.

(9)With respect to professional and other fees incurred by persons in obtaining advice or conducting negotiations with regard to any record made under this section, the Minister may make regulations requiring [F1persons required to make records under this section], within such limits (whether as to descriptions of fees, or as to amount, or otherwise) and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, to pay fees so incurred:

Provided that no regulations under this section shall apply to any fees in so far as they form part of the costs of an arbitration under this section, or shall affect any power of an arbitrator with respect to any such costs.

[F4(9A)If any person fails to cause any record to be made or served in accordance with any requirement imposed on him by this section—

(a)his obligation to comply with that requirement shall be enforceable by the Coal Authority as if it were a duty owed by that person to that Authority; and

(b)without prejudice to its rights by virtue of paragraph (a) above, that Authority may itself cause the record to be made and served in accordance with that requirement and may recover any expenses reasonably incurred in doing so from the person in contravention of that requirement.]

(10)In the application of this section to Scotland, for references to costs, and to an arbitrator, there shall be substituted respectively references to expenses and to an arbiter.

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F1Words in s. 36 substituted (31.10.1994) by 1994 c. 21, s. 52, Sch. 8 para. 27(1)-(6) (with s. 40(7)); S.I. 1994/2553, art. 2

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