Civil Aviation (Control of Obstructions) Act
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CONSOLIDATED TO 30 JUNE 2012
LAWS OF SEYCHELLES
Act 8 of 1970
S.I 95 of 1975
Act 23 of 1976
CIVIL AVIATION (CONTROL OF OBSTRUCTIONS) ACT
[9th October, 1970]
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1. Short title.
3. Declaration of controlled area.
4. Restriction on erection of structures in controlled area.
5. Directions affecting controlled area.
6. Directions to be served on persons affected.
7. Enforcement of directions.
9. Power to enter private land.
1. This Act may be cited as the Civil Aviation (Control of Obstructions) Act.
2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires?
"aerodrome" means any area of land designed, equipped, set apart or commonly used or intended to be used for affording facilities for the take off and landing of aircraft, whether or not such area has been notified or licensed as an aerodrome;
"controlled area" means any area of land that is a controlled area by virtue of a notice made under section 3;
"direction" means a direction given under section 5;
"Director" means the person for the time being performing the functions of Director of Civil Aviation;
"land" includes land covered with water;
"owner", in relation to any land, includes the person for the time being receiving the rent thereof, either solely or with another, or who would receive the rent if the land were let to a tenant;
"structure" includes any building or construction;
"tree" means any tree, bush, plant or vegetation.
3. (1) If the Minister is satified that it is necessary to do so in order to safeguard the flight path of aircraft or otherwise to secure the safe and efficient use for air navigation purposes of any aerodrome, he may, by notices in the Gazette, declare that any area of land specified in the notice shall be a controlled area for the purposes of this Act.
(2) Any such notice may contain such consequential, incidental and supplemental provisions as appear to the Minister to be necessary or expedient for the purposes of the notice.
4. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law for the time being in force or the terms of any grant, lease or licence, the Director may, by order in the Gazette, prohibit the erection within a controlled area of any structure above a height specified in such order.
5.(1) The Director may, from time to time, give directions in writing?
(a) for requiring the total or partial demolition of any structure within a controlled area;
(b) for requiring the removal of rocks or boulders within a controlled area;
(c) for restricting the height of trees upon any land within a controlled area, or for requiring any tree upon any such land to be cut down or reduced in size;
(d) for extinguishing any private right of way over land within a controlled area;
(e) for restricting the installation of cables, mains, pipes, wires or other apparatus upon, across, under or over any land within a controlled area;
(f) for extinguishing, at the expiration of such period as the Director may determine, any subsisting right of installing or maintaining any such apparatus as aforesaid upon, across, under or over any land within a controlled area, and for requiring that before the expiration of such period as the Director may determine any such apparatus shall be removed from such land.
(2) No direction given under this section shall be questioned in any court.
6.(1) The following provisions shall have effect as respects a direction given under subsection (1) of section 5:?
(a) in the case of a direction given for the purposes specified in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) thereof, the direction shall be served upon every owner and occupier of the land to which the direction relates;
(b) in the case of a direction given for the purpose specified in paragraph (d) thereof, the direction shall be served upon every owner and occupier of any land to which the right of way is appurtenant;
(c) in the case of a direction restricting the installation of apparatus or extinguishing rights to install or maintain apparatus, the direction shall be served upon every person whose rights to install or maintain the apparatus are affected by the direction; and
(d) in the case of a direction requiring the removal of any apparatus, the direction shall be served upon the person entitled to maintain the apparatus.
(2) Every direction shall state as fully and as accurately as possible the effect of the direction and the nature and extent of the acts required to be done for the purpose of complying therewith.
(3) Service of a direction may be effected by sending it by registered post or by leaving it at the usual or last known place of abode of the person concerned or, if the usual or last known place of abode of such person cannot be readily ascertained, by fixing the direction conspiciously on some part of the land in question.
7. If the Director is not satisfied that a direction is being complied with satisfactorily and expeditiously, he may authorise any person on his behalf to remove, pull down, cut down, or alter so as to bring in conformity with the requirements of any such direction, any structure, rock, boulder, tree, or apparatus which contravenes those requirements.
8.(1) Any person who has carried out any work for the purpose of complying with a direction shall be entitled to recover compensation from the Government in respect of any expenditure reasonably incurred by him in carrying out such works aforesaid.
(2) Any person having an interest in land the value of which is diminished in consequence of anything done in relation to the land for the purpose of complying with or enforcing a direction shall be entitled to recover compensation from the Government for the diminution.
(3) Any person who sustains material damage by being disturbed in the enjoyment of any right in or over land in consequence of any direction relating to the land (not being damage which consists of the diminution in the value of an interest in land) shall be entitled to recover compensation from the Government in respect of such damage.
(4) The compensation payable to any person by virtue of this section shall be reduced by the value to him of any timber, apparatus or other materials removed for the purposes of complying with or enforcing a direction.
(5) If any dispute arises concerning the amount or application of such compensation it shall be determined summarily by a Judge in Chambers on the petition of the Director or of any interested party.
(6) The foregoing provisions of this section do not apply in the case of any direction relating to a structure erected in contravention of an order made under section 4.
9.The Director and all persons acting on his behalf or under his authority shall have the right to enter upon, inspect and survey private property at all reasonable times for any purpose relating to the exercise (whether actual or contemplated) of any power conferred by this Act.
10.Any person who?
(a) contravenes any order made under section 4, or
(b) obstructs any person in the execution of any work being carried out for the purpose of complying with or enforcing a direction,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand rupees or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.
11.The Minister may make such regulations for the purpose of carrying out the objects and provisions of this Act as appear to the Minister to be necessary or expedient.
LAWS OF SEYCHELLES
CIVIL AVIATION (CONTROL OF OBSTRUCTIONS) ACT
THE CIVIL AVIATION (MAHE CONTROLLED AREA)
[9th November, 1970]
1. This notice may be cited as the Civil Aviation (Mahe Controlled Area) Notice.
2. The following area of land is hereby declared to be a controlled area for the purposes of the Act, that is to say, the area within a radius of 50,000 feet of the centre point of the runway of Seychelles airport (Mahe) or within 7,500 feet either side of a line running thorugh the centre of the said runway and extended to a distance of 53,000 feet from each end of the said runway, which area is delineated on a plan signed by the Director of Surveys and deposited at the office of the Director of Civil Aviation.
Civil Aviation (Praslin Controlled Area) Notice.
[13th April, 1987.]
1. This Notice may be cited as the Civil Aviation (Praslin Controlled Area) Notice.
2. The area of land described in the Schedule is hereby declared to be a controlled area for the purpose of the Act.
The area within a radius of 3600 metres of the centre point of the runway of the Praslin aerodrome and delineated on the plan No. ML/ADN/78 dated 2nd of April, 1987, signed by the Director of Surveys and deposited at the office of the Director of Civil Aviation.