261 Temporary stopping up of highways for mineral workings
261 Temporary stopping up of highways for mineral workings

(1)     Where the Secretary of State [or the council of a London borough] is satisfied—

(a)     that an order made by him [or, as the case may be, the council] under section 247 for the stopping up or diversion of a highway is required for the purpose of enabling minerals to be worked by surface working; and

(b)     that the highway can be restored, after the minerals have been worked, to a condition not substantially less convenient to the public,

the order may provide for the stopping up or diversion of the highway during such period as may be prescribed by or under the order and for its restoration at the expiration of that period.

(2)     Where a competent authority within the meaning of section 257 are satisfied—