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1. This Scheme comes into force on the day after the day on which the Order confirming this Scheme is confirmed.
2. In this Scheme—
“the abolished boards” means the North Somerset (2005) Internal Drainage Board and the West Mendip Internal Drainage Board;
“the commencement date” means the date on which this Scheme comes into force;
“the new Board” means the internal drainage board constituted by virtue of paragraph 3(3) of this Scheme;
“the North Somerset (2005) Internal Drainage Board” means the internal drainage board constituted by the scheme confirmed by the North Somerset Internal Drainage Board Order 2005(1) and “the North Somerset (2005) Internal Drainage District” means the internal drainage district constituted by that scheme as confirmed;
“property” means, in relation to any of the abolished boards, any property which is vested in that abolished board immediately before the commencement date and includes books of account, other books, deeds, maps, papers and other documents, in whatever medium held, and computer and other electronic records;
“rights and obligations” means, in relation to any of the abolished boards, all rights, powers, duties, obligations and liabilities which are vested in or which fall to be discharged by that abolished board immediately before the commencement date; and
“the West Mendip Internal Drainage Board” means the internal drainage board constituted by the scheme confirmed by the Somerset Rivers Catchment Board (Gordano Valley, North Somerset, West Mendip, Upper Axe, Lower Axe and Upper Brue Internal Drainage Districts) Order 1933(2) and “the West Mendip Internal Drainage District” means the internal drainage district constituted by that scheme, as confirmed.
3.—(1) The North Somerset (2005) Internal Drainage Board and the West Mendip Internal Drainage Board are abolished.
(2) The North Somerset (2005) Internal Drainage District and the West Mendip Internal Drainage District are amalgamated into, and are constituted as, one internal drainage district to be known as “the North Somerset Levels Internal Drainage District”.
(3) A new internal drainage board to be known as “the North Somerset Levels Internal Drainage Board” is constituted for the North Somerset Levels Internal Drainage District.
4. The new Board is to consist of 14 elected members elected in accordance with the provisions made by or under Schedule 1 to the Land Drainage Act 1991.
5. As from the commencement date, all property and rights and obligations of the abolished boards are transferred to and vested in, or fall to be discharged by, the new Board.
6. All arrears of rates levied by the abolished boards before the commencement date in respect of any period ending before the commencement date may be recovered by the new Board, in the same manner as if they had been rates levied by the new Board.
7. This Scheme operates as conclusive evidence of any thing transferred under this Scheme without the necessity of further assignments, conveyance or deed of transfer.
8. The accounts of each of the abolished boards must be made up to the day before the commencement date by the new Board and audited as if this Scheme had not come into force.
Dated 24 August 2010
In accordance with paragraph 4 of Schedule 3 to the Land Drainage Act 1991 (“the 1991 Act”), the Secretary of State has published the foregoing Order and a notice complying with paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 3 to the 1991 Act.
No memorial relating to the Order has been presented to the Secretary of State.
Paragraph 5(1) of Schedule 3 to the 1991 Act provides for the Order to come into force upon its confirmation by the appropriate Minister, being (by virtue of paragraph 1(3) of that Schedule) the Minister by whom the Order has been made.
Accordingly, the Secretary of State confirms the Order in accordance with paragraph 5(1) of Schedule 3 to the 1991 Act.
A Civil Servant, for and on behalf of the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
30th June 2011
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