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BYELAWS MADE BY THE Urban District Council of Rishton WITH RESPECT TO Tents, Vans, Sheds, And similar Structures used for Human Habitation IN THE URBAN DISTRICT OF RISHTON.

Application of Byelaws and interpretation of Terms.

1. (I) These byelaws shall apply only to tents, vans, sheds and similar structures used for human habitation which are the regular dwelling places of the persons so using them.

(2) Throughout these byelaws the expression "the Council" means the Urban District Council of Rishton; the expression "the District" means the Urban District of Rishton; the expression "infectious disease" means small-pox, cholera, diphtheria, membranous croup, erysipelas, the disease known as scarlatina or scarlet-fever, measles, and the fevers known by any of the following names:

typhus, typhoid, enteric, relapsing, continued, or puerperal; the expression "the Medical Officer of Health" means the Medical Officer of Health for the District, or any legally qualified medical practitioner lawfully authorised to act on behalf of such officer; and the expression "the occupier" when used in relation to any tent, van, shed, or similar structure, means the person who for the time being has the charge, management, or control of such tent, van, shed or structure.

For promoting cleanliness in, and the habitable conditions of tents, vans, sheds, and similar structures used for human habitation.

2. The occupier of a van used for human habitation shall cause the internal surface and the floor thereof to be thoroughly cleansed from time to time as often as may be requisite for keeping the same in a cleanly condition.

3. The occupier of a van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation, shall for the purpose of securing the habitable condition thereof, provide for the van, shed, or structure, adequate means of permanent ventilation.

4. The occupier of a tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation, shall cause the same to be maintained so that it may be reasonably weather-proof at all times when so used.

5. The occupier of a tent, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation, shall cause the same to be at all times provided with a suitable dry flooring, or other dry covering for the ground.

6. The occupier of a tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation shall provide therefore a sufficient receptacle or receptacles for the storage of water, with proper coverings, so placed as to be easily accessible, and shall cause the same to be maintained at all times in good order and shall provide a sufficient supply of wholesome water for the use of the inmates of the tent, van, shed, or structure, and shall also cause every part of the interior of any such receptacle to be kept thoroughly clean.

7. Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing byelaw, the person by agreement with or by licence from whom any tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation shall be erected, brought or used on any land shall provide on such land a sufficient supply of wholesome water for the use of the occupants of the tent, van, shed, or structure.

For preventing the spread of infectious disease by the persons inhabiting tents, vans, sheds, or similar structures used for human habitation.

8. The. occupier of a tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation who shall have been informed, or shall have ascertained, that any inmate thereof is ill of an infectious disease, shall adopt all reasonable precautions that may be ordered by the Medical Officer of Health for preventing the spread of the disease.

He shall not, at any time while such inmate is suffering from an infectious disease, cause or allow any other person, except a person in attendance on the inmate, to occupy the tent, van, shed, or similar structure.

9. The occupier of a tent or van used for human habitation, in which any person may within the preceding six weeks have been suffering from an infectious disease, and which has not since been properly disinfected, or, in which any person is at the time suffering from an infectious disease, shall comply with the following regulations :

(1) He shall, before causing or allowing the tent or van to be removed from the site on which it may be, give to the Medical Officer of Health twenty-four hours notice of the intention to remove the same and of the place to which the same is proposed to be removed.

(2) He shall not cause or allow the tent or van to be brought into any market, fair, race ground or place which may for the time being be devoted to purposes of public amusement, recreation or resort, or to be removed to any site where, in the opinion of the Medical Officer of Health, there would be danger of spreading infection.

(3) He shall, where the Medical Officer of Health may, for the purpose of preventing the spread of infection, order the removal of the tent or van from any site, remove the same, in compliance with the order of the Medical Officer of Health to another site within the district to which it may lawfully he removed.

(4) He shall, when removing the tent or van, comply with such reasonable conditions as the Medical Officer of Health may impose for the purpose of preventing the spread of infection.

(5) He shall not remove the tent or van out of the district until the same has been properly disinfected.

10. In every case where in pursuance of any statutory provision in that behalf, an order of a justice has been obtained for the removal from a tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation to a hospital, or other place for the reception of the sick, of a person who is suffering from any dangerous infectious disorder, the occupier of the tent, van, shed, or structure shall, on being informed of the order, forthwith take all such steps as may be requisite to secure the safe and prompt removal of the said person in compliance with the order, and shall, in and about the removal, adopt all such precautions as in accordance with any instructions which he may receive from the Medical Officer of Health, may be most suitable for the circumstances of the case.

11. The occupier of a tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation shall immediately after a person suffering from an infectious disease has been removed therefrom, or has died therein, or has recovered from such disease whilst being therein, give notice of the removal, death, or recovery to the Medical Officer of Health, and shall, as soon as conveniently may be, cause every part of the tent, van, shed, or structure to be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected, and shall also cause all bedding, clothing, or other articles therein which may he liable to retain infection to be in like manner cleansed and disinfected unless the Council shall have ordered the same to be destroyed, or unless the Council or the Medical Officer of Health shall, in pursuance of any statutory provision in that behalf, have required the owner of the same to cause the same to be delivered to an officer of the Council for removal for the purpose of disinfection.

He shall comply with all pro instructions of the Medical Officer of Health as to cleansing and disinfection.

When the tent, van, shed, or similar structure, and every such article as aforesaid shall have been thoroughly cleansed and disinfected in accordance with those instructions, he shall give notice thereof to the Medical Officer of Health.

12. The occupier of a tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation, in which any person has within six weeks previously been suffering from an infectious disease, shall not with out having the tent, van, shed, or similar structure, and all articles therein liable to retain infection, disinfected to the satisfaction of a registered medical practitioner as testified by a certificate signed by him, cause or suffer any person new to occupy or become an inmate of the tent, van, shed, or similar structure.

Generally for preventing nuisances in connection with tents, vans, sheds, and similar structures used for human habitation.

13. Notwithstanding any other provision of these byelaws, the occupier of a tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation shall provide for the same a sufficient receptacle for refuse.

14. An. occupier of a tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation shall not cause or suffer any solid or liquid filth to be retained therein.

He shall not deposit or cause any solid or liquid filth to be deposited within thirty feet from such tent, van, shed, or structure, except in a proper receptacle.

He shall not deposit or cause any solid or liquid filth to be deposited in any place so as to cause a nuisance.

He shall cause every vessel, utensil or other receptacle provided or used for the purpose of containing or removing any solid or liquid filth to be sufficiently cleansed immediately after it shall have been used for that purpose.

15. The person by agreement with, or by licence from, whom any tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation shall be erected, brought, or used on any land, shall, in any case in which nuisance is likely to arise from the want of privy accommodation and of a receptacle for refuse for the use of the occupants of the tent, van, shed, or structure, provide for their use on such land in a suitable situation sufficient privy accommodation, and a sufficient covered ashpit, dustbin, or other receptacle for refuse, and shall maintain the same in good repair and order and in a reasonably clean and wholesome condition.

16. The occupier of a tent, van, shed, or similar structure used for human habitation shall not keep any animal, or deposit any filth or the dung of any animal within the distance of forty feet from any well, spring or stream, or other water used or likely to be used by man for drinking or domestic purposes, or for manufacturing drinks for the use of man, or any water used or likely to be used in any dairy, or otherwise in such a position or in such a manner as to render any such water liable to pollution.

Penalties.

17. Every person who shall offend against any of the fore going byelaws shall be liable for every such offence to a penalty of five pounds, and in the case of a continuing offence to a further penalty of forty shillings for each day after written notice of the offence from the Council.

Provided, nevertheless, that the justices or court before whom any complaint may be made, or any proceedings may be taken in respect of any such offence may, if they think fit, adjudge the payment as a penalty of any sum less than the full amount of the penalty imposed by this byelaw.

18. The Common Seal of the Rishton Urban District Council was hereunder affixed in pursuance of a Resolution passed at a meeting of the said Council on the 22nd day of February, 1927, in the presence of

J.. T. HOPE, Chairman.

ALFRED E. ROBERTS, Clerk.

Allowed by the Minister of Health this twenty-second day of March 1927.

E., H. RHODES,

Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Health.