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Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Act 1998

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(1)This Act may be cited as the Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Act 1998.

(2)The Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Acts 1977 and 1984 and this Act may together be cited as the Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Acts 1977 to 1998.


In this Act, unless the subject or context otherwise requires—

  • “the Act of 1984” means the [1984 c. xvi.] Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Act 1984;

  • “the Council” means the Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council;

  • “the deposited plan” means the plan referred to in the Preamble to this Act;

  • “the protected area” and “the square” have the meanings given in section 2 (Interpretation) of the Act of 1984;

  • “the reserved area” means so much of the protected area as is shown coloured pink on the deposited plan.

3Substituted map

The deposited plan is hereby substituted for the deposited map referred to in the Act of 1984 and references in that Act to “the deposited map” shall be construed as references to the deposited plan.

4Reserved area

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 3 (Protected area to be open space and public rights of way extinguished) of the Act of 1984, the Council may enclose all or part of the reserved area for the purposes of providing more convenient access to the Old Market Hall and thereafter the said section 3 shall no longer apply to the area so enclosed.

5Provision of entertainments

(1)Notwithstanding the provisions of section 3 (Protected area to be open space and public rights of way extinguished) of the Act of 1984, the Council—

(a)may enclose or set apart any part of the square for the purposes specified in section 145(1) of the [1972 c. 70.] Local Government Act 1972 (which authorises a local authority to provide entertainments);

(b)may permit any part of the square so enclosed or set apart to be used by any other person, on such terms as to payment or otherwise as the Council think fit.

(2)The Council may not exercise the powers under this section—

(a)for more than a total of 30 days in any calendar year; or

(b)so as to prevent reasonable access for pedestrians going to or from premises abutting the north-west side of the square.

(3)Nothing in this section shall affect the provisions of any enactment by virtue of which a licence is required for the public performance of a stage play or the public exhibition of cinematograph films, or for boxing or wrestling entertainments or for public entertainment, or for the sale of intoxicating liquor.

6Provision of refreshments

The Council shall have power to provide, maintain and operate facilities for refreshment on the protected area.

7Protected area

The application of the [1906 c. 25.] Open Spaces Act 1906 by section 3 (Protected area to be open space and public rights of way extinguished) of the Act of 1984 shall not prevent the provision on the protected area of buildings, moveable structures, works, plant or machinery required temporarily in connection with and for the duration of operations being or to be carried out on, in, under or over the protected area or on land adjoining the protected area so long as any such building, structure, works, plant or machinery is removed when the operations have been carried out.

8Special events

Section 5 (Special events) of the Act of 1984 is hereby repealed and there is substituted therefor—

5Special events

(1)The Council may grant an authorisation to any person—

(a)to use the protected area; and

(b)to use or leave vehicles thereon; and

(c)to trade thereon;

for the purposes of civic or public ceremonies and for the purposes of displays or exhibitions or sales.

(2)No authorisation under this section may be given which either singly or in combination with another authorisation applicable on the same day relates to more than one-half of the protected area but for this purpose no account shall be taken of any area occupied by a registered charity or, in the case of a sale, by a body undertaking to devote the whole of the net proceeds of sale to charitable purposes.

(3)It shall be a condition of any authorisation under this section that no charge may be made for admission to any event on the protected area..

9Use of vehicles and trading

Section 6 (Prohibition of use of vehicles and trading in protected area) of the Act of 1984 is hereby amended by the insertion, after “section 5 (Special events) of this Act” of the words “or for the purposes of section 5 (Provision of entertainments) or 6 (Provision of refreshments) of the Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Act 1998”.

10Grant of authorisations

Section 8(2) (Grant of authorisations) of the Act of 1984 is hereby repealed and there is substituted therefor—

(2)If the Council grant an authorisation they may impose such conditions as they think fit including, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing,

(a)a condition as to the duration of the authorisation;

(b)a condition requiring the deposit of a sum of money which, or part of which, the Council may retain if the applicant is in breach of any conditions imposed..

11Saving for planning enactments, etc

(1)Any development authorised by this Act shall not be deemed for the purposes of the [S.I. 1995/418.] Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any general order superseding that order made under section 59 of the [1990 c. 8.] Town and Country Planning Act 1990, or any corresponding provision of an Act coming into force on the repeal of that section), to be development authorised by an Act which designates specifically both the nature of the development and the land upon which it may be carried out.

(2)Nothing in this Act shall have effect to disapply from any development authorised by this Act any provisions of enactments relating to buildings of special architectural or historic interest or ancient monuments.

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