Commentary

57 Action by local authorities and magistrates’ courts—highway nuisances

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57 Action by local authorities and magistrates’ courts—highway nuisances

| Commentary

57 Action by local authorities and magistrates’ courts—highway nuisances

Local authorities may take legal action to protect the interests of the inhabitants of their areas1, and action can also be taken by the Attorney General2.

Many highway nuisances may now be dealt with summarily by a magistrates’ court, for example, obstructing a footway3 or obstructing a highway with vehicles4. Penalties5 are also imposed for wilful obstruction6, erecting buildings or fences or planting hedges in a highway7, depositing things or pitching booths8, allowing animals to stray on to a highway9, causing danger, injury or interference by the deposit of things on a

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