Dates -1975
JurisdictionSpecial Districts
Person NameSpecial Districts; Selkirk County Council; -1975
ActivityThe Public Health (Scotland) Act 1867 (30 & 31 Vict., c 101) provided that on a requisition from ten or more inhabitants of a local area, the local authority (burgh council or parochial board) should consider the formation of a Special Drainage District, or Special Water Supply District. These districts, normally small areas within a landward parish, often played an important part in the provision of sewerage and drainage, and water supplies in rural areas. After the formation of county councils and district committees in 1889, district committees could appoint a sub-committee for the management and maintenance of drainage works in a special district (Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889, 52 & 53 Vict., c 50). Special Drainage Districts and Special Water Supply Districts survived successive reforms and were only finally abolished by the Water (Scotland) Act 1949 (12 & 13 Geo VI, c.31) and the Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968 (c 47). By those dates, however, many of them had already been abolished or merged by the county councils.The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1894 (57 & 58 Vict., c 58), provided for the formation by county councils or district committees of Special Lighting Districts and of Special Scavenging Districts. Such districts, normally a local area within a parish, would be able to adopt the clauses for the provision of street lighting and the lighting of common stairs, passages and courts, and those concerning refuse collection, contained in the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act 1892 (55 & 56 Vict, c 55).
Corporate NameSelkirk County Council
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