County Of Merseyside Act 1980




See the notes above on Local Acts.



Section 2: “the county” means the county of Merseyside;

“district” means a district in the county;

“district council” means the council of a district;

“street” has the meaning given by section 295 of the Highways Act 1959”

Section 13: “(1) A district council may allocate to the buildings in a street in their district such numbers as they think fit.

(2) Where a number has, or numbers have, been allocated to a building under this section, or under section 64 of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847, the district council may serve on the owner or occupier of the building a notice requiring him within such period, not less than three weeks, as may be specified in the notice to mark the building with that number, or those numbers, in such a way as to make the mark legible from the street.

(3) The owner or occupier of a building shall—

(a) maintain the mark in such a way that it remains legible from the street; and

(b) keep the view of the mark from the street unobstructed to such extent as is practicable.

(4) A district council may alter the number or numbers allocated to a building, and, where they do so, subsections (2) and (3) above shall apply to the altered number or numbers.

(5) A district council may, instead of requiring a building to be marked with a number or numbers under this section, require it to be marked with such other means of identification as they may, at the request of the owner or occupier, allow; and subsections (2) and (3) above shall have effect accordingly.

(6) An owner or occupier of a building who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a notice served on him under subsection (2) above, or contravenes subsection (3) above shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £50.

(7) The following provisions of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847 shall cease to have effect in the county:—

(a) in the words introducing sections 64 and 65, the words “and numbering the houses”;

(b) in section 64 the words from “shall from time to time” to “think fit, and” and the words “number or,” wherever occurring;

(c) section 65.”

This Section acts in the same way as the Cheshire County Council Act and introduces a new legislative scheme for street numbering in Merseyside.