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Metropolis Management Act 1855

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LXXXVIIIt shall be lawful for any Vestry or District Board, where they think fit, to cause the Ditches at the Sides of or across public Roads and Byeways and public Footways to be filled up, and to substitute Pipe or other Drains alongside or across such Roads and Ways, with appropriate Shoots and Means of conveying Water from such Roads and Ways thereinto, and from Time to Time to repair and amend the same; and the Surface of Land gained by filling up such Ditches may, if the Vestry or Board so think fit and direct, be thrown into such Roads and Ways, and be repairable as Part thereof, and be under the Control of the Surveyors of the Highways, or other Person in charge of such Roads, Byeways, or Footways.

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