(1) The Board shall have power to acquire by purchase, or by taking the same under the provisions of the Public Works Act 1981, any lands or rights in land for the purpose of all or any of the following works, namely: For a quarry, for facilitating drainage, reclamation, filling-in or levelling, or for addition to any land intended to be subdivided into parcels or allotments, or for the roading of or affording access to such last-mentioned land, or connecting any such last-mentioned land with any public highway, or to enable the Board to recover in some measure the value of its riparian improvements, or for the construction of any harbour-works thereon, or for the reclamation or improvement of any land so acquired; and for this purpose the foregoing works respectively shall be deemed to be a
“public work” within the meaning of that term as used in the said Act:
Provided always that it shall not be incumbent on the vendor to the Board of lands so acquired by the Board, or upon any compensation Court held under the provisions of the said last-mentioned Act, or upon any other person or persons whomsoever or whatsoever, to inquire as to whether any lands acquired by the Board under the authority of these provisions are necessary or suitable for the purposes aforesaid or any of them; and the resolution of the Board that the land so acquired be acquired or taken for the purposes aforesaid or any of them shall be sufficient evidence for all purposes that their acquisition by the Board is lawful.
(2) The Board shall have power to sell and dispose of any lands acquired by the Board under the foregoing subsection hereof in such parcels, at such price or respective prices, and upon such terms as it may think proper; and a recital in the conveyance or transfer to the purchaser that the sale or disposition is made in pursuance of the powers contained in this section of this Act shall be conclusive evidence, so far as such purchaser and the title acquired by him is concerned, that such sale or disposition is lawful.
(3) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to limit, restrict, or abridge any powers, rights, or authorities possessed by the Board under the Public Works Act 1981, the Public Bodies Leases Act 1969, the Harbours Act 1950, and its amendments, or any other statute.
The reference to the Public Works Act 1928 was substituted, as from 1 January 1929, for a reference to the Public Works Act 1908 pursuant to section 346(1) Public Works Act 1928 (1928 No 21). The Public Works Act 1981 was in turn substituted for the repealed Public Works Act 1928, as from 1 February 1982, by section 248(1) Public Works Act 1981 (1981 No 35).
The reference to the Public Bodies Leases Act 1969 in subsection (1) was substituted, as from 1 January 1970, for a reference to the Public Bodies' Leases Act 1908 by section 28(1) Public Bodies Leases Act 1969 (1969 No 141).
The reference to the Harbours Act 1923 was substituted, as from 1 January 1924, for a reference to the Harbours Act 1908 pursuant to section 259 Harbours Act 1923 (1923 No 40). That reference was in turn substituted, as from 15 October 1950, for a reference to the Harbours Act 1950 pursuant to section 269(1) Harbours Act 1950.