Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1931



Unhealthy Areas.

Clearance areas.

5.—(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 only by the demolition of all the buildings in such area which are unfit for human habitation or dangerous or injurious to health the local authority shall cause such area to be defined on a map so as to exclude therefrom any building which is not unfit for human habitation or dangerous or injurious to health and shall by resolution declare such area as so defined to be a clearance area, and shall in accordance with the provisions of this Act proceed to secure the demolition of all buildings in that area in one or other of the following ways, or partly in one way and partly in the other according as the local authority shall determine, that is to say:—

(a) by purchasing land comprised in the area and demolishing or otherwise securing the demolition of all buildings thereon; or

(b) by ordering the demolition of buildings in the area.

(2) A local authority shall forthwith transmit to the Minister a copy of any resolution passed by them under this section, together with a statement of the number of persons and the number of separate families of the working classes who on a day specified in the statement were occupying the buildings comprised in the clearance 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 a clearance area shall be a reserved function.