Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1931

Improvement areas.

12.—(1) Where a local authority are satisfied upon consideration of an official representation or other information in their possession that any area within their district is an unhealthy area and that the conditions in such area can be effectively remedied without the demolition of all the buildings in such area which are unfit for human habitation or dangerous or injurious to health by—

(a) the demolition or repair, as circumstances may require, of those dwelling-houses within the area which are unfit for human habitation; and

(b) the purchase by the local authority of any land within the area which it is expedient for them to acquire for the purpose of opening out the area and the demolition of any buildings on such land so far as may be necessary to demolish them for that purpose;

the local authority may cause that area to be defined on a map and may pass a resolution declaring the area so defined to be an improvement area.

(2) A local authority who have passed a resolution declaring an area to be an improvement area, shall forthwith—

(a) publish, in one or more newspapers circulating within their district, a notice stating the terms of the resolution and the date on which it was passed, and naming a place at which a copy of the resolution and of the map referred to therein may be seen at all reasonable hours; and

(b) transmit a copy of the resolution to the Minister, together with an estimate of the number of persons and separate families of the working classes whose displacement will be rendered necessary by any steps which the local authority propose to take for the improvement of the area.

(3) For the purposes of the Cork City Management Act, 1929 (No. 1 of 1929) and the Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1930 (No. 27 of 1930) the declaration of any area under this section to be an improvement area shall be a reserved function.