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in any mortgage deed relating thereto, or to sue for any principal sums lent to such trust, or any part thereof, or any interest thereon, anything contained in the said general Turnpike Acts, or in any other Act notwithstanding.

XLVI. That every mortgagee or other person who shall, previously to the repeal of the said local Acts respectively, have taken possession of any tolls, toll house, or toll gate of or upon any turnpike road in any of the said counties, or of any lands or tenements the rents and profits whereof are appropriated to the repair of any such turnpike road, shall, on some day to be hereafter appointed by the county roads board acting in and for that county in which any such toll gates or lands shall lie, deliver up to such county roads board, or to such person as the said board shall appoint, possession of all such tolls, toll houses, or lands, and shall at the same time render to the said county roads board, or to such other person as aforesaid, an exact account of all the tolls received by such mortgagee, or by any other person for his use and benefit, or by his authority, and also of the manner in which he shall have applied such tolls; and in case he shall not give up possession as aforesaid, or shall remain in possession of the said tolls, toll houses, and lands, or any of them respectively, after the time so appointed by such county roads board as aforesaid, he shall forfeit and pay to such board the sum of 501. for every day that he shall thereafter continue in possession, over and above all tolls which he shall receive while so continuing in possession; and in case he shall fail to render an account as aforesaid, or shall wilfully render an account wrong or false in any respect as hereinbefore mentioned, he shall forfeit and pay to the said county roads board the sum of 501. for every day after such failure to account, or to render a true and correct account, as aforesaid, until such account be rendered or made right, and until such balance as may be due from such mortgagee or other person upon such account shall be paid: Provided always, that in all actions of ejectment for the recovery of any tolls, toll houses, or lands which shall be pending at the time of the repeal of the said local Acts respectively, the parties instituting such actions shall be entitled, in case they shall obtain a verdict therein, to such costs of suit as if this act had not been passed; and that the county roads board of any county comprising any turnpike roads, for the recovery of the tolls or toll gates on which any action of ejectment shall be so pending, shall be at liberty, immediately after the repeal of the said local Acts respectively, to apply to one of the Judges of the superior courts at Westminster to order that soch actions be stayed on payment to the parties instituting such actions of the costs thereof only, and such Judge shall make such order accordingly.

XLVII. That in every case where any hundred, parish, hamlet, or place, or any particular person or persons, body or bodies politic or corporate, or any lands, tenements, or hereditaments, is or are now by law chargeable with or towards the repairing or maintaining of any turnpike road or roads regulated by any local Act to be repealed in pursuance of this Act, or any part thereof, or any bridges, causeways, drains, or sewers upon or in the same, the inhabitants of every such hundred, parish, hamlet, or place, and every such person, body politic or corporate, and the owners and proprietors, feoffees and trustees, of such lands, tenements, and hereditaments respectively, shall, except such as are expressly exempted by this Act, still remain chargeable with or towards the repairing or maintaining of such roads, bridges, causeways, drains and sewers respectively, in like manner as they would have been in case this Act had not been passed ; and all bodies politic or corporate, trustees, and other persons, who, by reason of any Act of Parliament, grant, deed, charter, will, or otherwise, are liable to pay or apply any sums of money whatsoever arising from the rent of lands, tenements, hereditaments, or the interest arising from any mnonies in the funds, or otherwise, in, for, or towards the repair or improvement of the said roads or any of them, shall, except as aforesaid, from time to time account for and pay over such sum or sums of money, rents, or interest to the said county roads boards acting in and for the county in which such roads shall lie, or to the respective treasurers of such boards for the time being, or otherwise as the said boards shall respectively order in that behalf, and the said boards shall apply such sum or sums of money, rent, or interest in, for, or towards the repair or improvement of the said roads respectively: Provided always, that in all cases in which the liability to pay any sum or sums of money as aforesaid shall be in respect of the repair or improvement of any turnpike road or roads lying, as to part thereof, in more than one of the said counties, such sum or sums of money shall be paid to or to the account of the several couniy roads boards acting in and for the respective counties in which such road or roads shall lie, according to such rules and proportions as the said Commissioners for carrying this Act into execution shall determine.

XLVIII. That the said county roads boards acting in and for each of the said counties respectively may, subject to the restrictions hereinafter contained, continue all or any of the toll gates, toll bars, and toll houses in any of the said counties erected by virtue of any of the local Acts to be repealed in pursuance of this Act, or by virtue of any former Act relating to any turnpike roads within or partly within any of the said counties, and may, subject as aforesaid, erect such other toll gates, toll bars, and toll houses in, upon, or across, or at the sides of such parts of any of the turnpike roads within any of the said counties respectively as the said county boards shall think proper and expedient, and from time to time may repair, renew, and rebuild, as occasion shall require, such toll gates, toll bars, and toll houses, and cause all such other erections, buildings, and other conveniences to be made and put up, as in their opinion shall be necessary and proper for the collecting and levying of the tolls hereinafter authorized to be taken upon the said turnpike roads, or for any other purposes connected therewith.

XLIX. That it shall be lawful for the county roads board of any of the said counties respectively, when and so often as they shall think proper, to cause any of the toll gates, toll bars, or toll houses, or other erections or buildings appertaining thereto, already erected or to be hereafter erected in, upon, across, or on the side of any of the said turnpike roads, to be removed to, and erected in, upon, across, or on the side of such other parts of the said turnpike roads or any of them, or otherwise wholly to be removed or taken away, as the said county roads board shall respectively from time to time order and direct.

L. That from and after the repeal of the said local Acts respectively it shall be lawful for the county roads board of any of the said counties respectively, or their respective lessees, collectors, or agents, and they are hereby authorized, to demand, receive, and take, on or at the side of the said several turnpike roads in their respective counties, before the horse or other animal, carriage or other vehicle, in respect of which any toll shall be payable, shall be allowed to pass through ally gate or bar erected or to be erected upon, across, or on the side of the said roads, the several tolls specified in the second Schedule hereto annexed, subject to the restrictions, exemptions, in this Act mentioned, and also to the restrictions, exemptions, and provisions in the said general Turnpike Acts mentioned, except so far as the same are varied, altered, or repealed by this Act : Provider always, that the same rate or rates of toll for every horse or other animal not drawing, and for every horse or other animal. drawing, any carriage or vehicle of the same class or description according to the said second Schedule, shall, subject as hereinafter is mentioned, be respectively taken and received at every gate and bar within the same county.

LI. That from and after the repeal of the said local Acts respectively no higher or different rate of toll shall in any case be taken or demanded upon any turnpike roads within any of the said counties respectively by reason of any regulation or distinction relating to the breadth, size, form, or construction of the wheels of any carriage, cart, or other vehicle used or employed upon such roads, but one and the same uniform rate of toll according to the second Schedule bereunto annexed, and subject to the provisions and exemptions of this Act, shall in all cases be taken in respect of each several description of carriage or vehicle in the said second Schedule mentioned, without reference to the dimensions or construction of the wheels thereof, anything contained in the said general Turnpike Acts or in any other Act to the contrary notwithstanding : Provided always, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to repeal, vary, alter, or affect any regulations in the said general Turnpike Acts or any of them contained with respect to any additional tolls or penalties thereby imposed or made chargeable on any carriage, cart, or other vehicle by reason of or in proportion to the weights carried or conveyed in any such carriage, cart, or other vehicle respectively.

LII. That from and after the repeal of the said local Arts respectively when any toll shall have been once taken in respect of any horse or other animal not drawing, or of any horse or other animal drawing, any carriage or vehicle, at any toll gate or bar within any of the said counties, no toll shall thereafter be taken in respect of the same horse or other aniinal, or in respect of the same carriage or other vehicle, on the same day (to be computed from twelve of the clock of the night to twelve of the clock in the next succeeding night), for repassing through the same gate or bar, or for passing or repassing through any other gate or bar in the same county, within the distance of seven miles from the gate or bar at which such toll shall have been taken, such distance measured along turnpike roads only, nor for passing or repassing through any gate or bar in any other of the said counties adjoining, within the distance of two miles from the gate or bar at which such toli shall have been taken, to be measured as aforesaid, along and in respect of turnpike roads within either of such counties, nor within one mile, measured as aforesaid, from the boundary of such counties.

Li. Provided and enacted, That in case any horse or other animal, carriage or other vehicle, shall be subject to a higher rate of toll on repassing through the same gate or bar as aforesaid, or on passing or repassing through any other gate or bar, within the said distances respectively before specified, by reason of a different use made of the same horse or other animal, az of the carriage or other vehicle drawn by the same, or by reason of a toll larger than the toll first paid being payable in any other of the said counties adjoining, then and in every such case the difference only between the toll so first paid and such larger toll shall be paid on such subsequent passing or repassing.

Liv. That from and after the repeal of the said local Acts respectively the tolls authorized to be taken by this Act shall be paid in respect of all horses or other animals drawing any stage coach, stage waggon, or other stage carriage conveying passengers or goods for hire or reward, the same being customarily used and employed to convey passengers or goods for hire or reward, for every time of passing or repassing through any toll gate or bar at which such tolls shall be payable: Provided always, that in every case in which toll shall have been taken at any toll gate or bar in respect of any such stage coach, stage waggon, or other stage carriage, no second or other toll shall be taken in respect thereof, by reason of any change of the horses drawing the same, at any toll gate or bar either in the same or in any adjoining county within the limits of this Act at which such second or other toll would not have been payable if such horses had not been changed.

lv. That the tolls hereby made payable shall be paid for any horse or horses or other animals drawing any post chaise or other carriage travelling for hire as often as a new hiring shall take place, in the same manner as if no previous payment of toll in respect of such horses or other animals had been made on the same day.

LVI. That all exemptions from tolls enacted and contained in the said general Turnpike Acts or any of them shall be and the same are hereby extended to this Act, and made applicable thereto, in the same manner as if the same had been expressly re-enacted herein.

And after reciting that doubts have arisen with respect to the construction of certain portions of the said general Turnpike Acts relating to such exemptions from toll; and that toll has been paid or demanded in certain cases, and with respect to certain matters and things which it is expedient should be exempted therefrom; and it is also expedient that such doubts as aforesaid should be removed :

It is Enacted, LVII. That from and after the repeal of the said local Acts respectively no toll shall be taken on any turnpike road within any of the said counties for any horse or other animal carrying, drawing or conveying any agricultural produce which shall have grown or arisen on land or ground in the occupation of, or cultivated, used, or enjoyed by, the owner of any such agricultural produce, and which shall not have been bought, sold, or otherwise profitably exchanged or disposed of, nor be going to be bought, sold, or otherwise profitably exchanged or disposed of, or for any sheep going to be washed or returning therefrom, or for any horse or other animal drawing or not drawing which shall not go or pass more than 300 yards along or upon such turnpike road, whether the whole or any part of such 300 yards shall have been traversed before passing through any gate et bar, or shall be traversed after passing through the same.

Lvii. That none of the said exemptions from toll in the said general Turnpike Acts or in this Act contained shall be in anywise qualified, restrained, or taken away by reason of any regulation or distinction with respect to the size, form, construction, or dimensions of the wheels of any carriage, cart, or other vehicle used or employed upon any tumpike roads within the limits of this Act, or by reason of any regulations as to weight contained in the said general Turnpike Acts or any of them.

Lix. That from and after the repeal of the said local Acts respectively it shall not be lawful to demand or take on any turnpike road within any of the said counties respectively, for or in respect of any horse or other animal employed in carrying, drawing, or conveying any lime to be used for the purposes of manure, more than one half of the tolls which would be otherwise payable in respect of such horse or other beast drawing any such carriage or vehicle according to the said second Schedule to this Act annexed.

lx. That from and after the repeal of the said local Acts respectively no toll shall be taken, and no money arising from tolls on any turnpike roads shall be laid out, on any road or roads, or part of any road or roads, which by or under any local Act of Parliament in force for the time being for the improvement of any city, borough, or town, or any part or parts thereof, is or are repaired or maintained by any Commissioners or trustees for executing such local Act, nor in paving, repairing, or cleansing any street, road, or highway within the limits of any city or market or borough town for which there shall not be any such local Act as aforesaid, and which said limits shall be fixed and determined for the purposes of this Act, with respect to every such city, or market or borough town respectively, by the said Commissioners upon the report and recommendation of the county roads board acting in and for the county to which any such city or market or borough town shall belong; and no street, road, or highway comprised within such limits, or maintained by any such local Commissioners as aforesaid, shall be deemed or held to be a turnpike road to any intent or purpose within the meaning of this Act.

LX1. That the county roads board of each of the said counties respectively shall and they are hereby required to put up or cause to be put up, and afterwards to be continued, at every toll gate and toll bar within such county, a table, painted in distinct and legible black letters on a board with a white ground, or in white letters on a board with a black ground, containing at the top thereof the name of the gate or bar at which the same shall be put up, and also a list of all the tolls payable at such gate or bar under the authority of this Act; and such table shall specify the several sorts or descriptions of vehicles in respect of which any different rates of tolls shall be payable, and also a list of all the gates or bars which shall be wholly or partially cleared by the payment of toll at such toll gate or bar; and any lessee of tolls who shall collect or receive any tolls at any gate or bar at which such table of tolls shall not be affixed as aforesaid shall be liable to forfeit and pay a sum not less than 40s. per diem for every day during which he shall continue to collect tolls without such table being affixed: Provided always, that no lessee of tolls shall be liable to any forfeiture or penalty under this Act by reason of such table of tolls not being affixed as aforesaid, in case it shall appear to the Justice or Justices before whom information or complaint in such case shall be made that such table has been, by some other person, without the privity of such lessee, unlawfully removed or destroyed, and that sufficient time has not elapsed for restoring or supplying the same: Provided also, that in case any county roads board shall omit provide a proper table of tolls according to the requirement of this Act, it shall be lawful for the lessee of tolls at any such toll gate or bar, of his own authority, to cause such table to be made and affixed, and in that case such lessee shall be entitled to deduct the expenses necessarily incurred by him in providing such table of tolls from the monies next payable by him to the said county roads board in respect of the rent of such toll gate or bar, and the said count roads board shall allow such deduction upon receipt of the residue of the said rent, and the said lessee shall be acquitted and discharged of so much money as the said expenses shall amount to, in the same manner as if the same had. been actually paid to the said board.

LXIL. That it shall be lawful for the county roads board of each of the said counties respectively, at any time, with the consent of the Commissioners to be appointed by virtue of this Act, or, after such commission shall have determined, of one of Her Majesty principal Secretaries of State, to lessen and reduce the said tolls specified in the said second Schedule to this Act annexed, and again at any time, with the like consent,, to advance the same, so that the tolls payable in any of the said counties do not at any time exceed the rates specified in the said second Schedule, and so that in every such county the said tolls be always advanced or reduced according to one uniform scale and proportion, as to the several descriptions of horses or beasts, carriages or vehicles, chargeable therewith: Provided nevertheless, that it shall be lawful for the said county roads board of any of the said counties respectively, when and for so long as they shall think proper, to reduce the toll payable for any horse or other animal drawing peat or fern to any sum not less than one half of the sum otherwise chargeable under the said second Schedule, without reducing any other toll at the same time: Provided also, that the entire sum of fd. shall be taken in lieu of any fractional part thereof which would otherwise become payable in consequence of any advancing or reducing of the said tolls: Provided also, that no alteration in the said tolls, either by advancing or reducing the same, shall be made to take effect until one calender month at the least after notice of the same shall have been given by advertisement twice published in one or more newspapers circulating in the county to which the same shall relate.

LXI. That the county roads boards acting in and for each of the said counties respectively shall hold not less than four regalar meetings in each year, including the general annual meeting hereinafter referred to, at some convenient place or places within each of the said counties respectively, and may adjourn themselves to meet at any other place or places within such counties respectively, and at such time or times, as the said county roads boards, or the major part of the members thereof present at any meeting respectively, shall appoint; and all acts, orders, proceedings, matters, and things by this Act aathorized or directed to be done by the said county roads boards, or by the said general Turnpike Acts authorized or directed to be done by any trustees or Commissioners of turupike roads, shall and may, except so far as the same are altered, varied, or repealed by this Act, be made, done, and exercised by the major part of the members of the said county roads boards who swall be present at the respective meetings to be held by virtue of this Act, or of the said general Turnpike Act, the whole number, present together at any such meeting of any county roads board not being less than five: Provided always, that at any meeting of any county roads board which shall be held for the purpose of letting to farm the tolls of any district or districts of any county, such tolls may be lawfully let, and all acts and proceedings relating to such letting of tolls at such meeting ahall be valid and effectual, although not more than three members of such county roads board shall be present at such meeting; and the time and manner of holding and convening and also of giving notice of any special or extraordinary meeting of such board which it may be thought necessary to hold upon any emergency shall be regulated as nearly as may be according to the provisions and regulations of the said general Turnpike Acts with respect to the like meetings of trustees or Commissioners of any turnpike roads.

LXIV. That whenever any tolls shall hereafter be let to farm by virtue of the powers given by this or by any other Act or Acts of Parliament, it shall not be necessary, in the notice to be given according to the provisions of the said general Turnpike Acts previously to such letting, to specify the sum which the said tolls shall have produced during any time previous to such letting, nor to state that the said tolls will be put up at the sum which they were let for or produced during any such previous time; and the county roads board acting in and for each county may and they are hereby authorized to let such tolls at every general meeting to be held in pursuance of this Act for the best price they may then be enabled to obtain for the same, without being compelled to put up the said tolls at the sum for which they were at any previous time let, or to have any second or other meeting for letting the same, any law or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

And after reciting that by 3 Geo. 4. c. 126, it is enacted, “that the trustees or Commissioners of every turnpike road shall and they are hereby required, at their general annual meeting in each year, to examine, audit, and settle the accounts of the respective treasurers, clerks, and surveyors appointed by them, and to require such treasurers, clerks, and surveyors to produce their books, accounts, papers, and vouchers, and to examine into the revenues and debts, distinguishing bond from simple contract debts, of the several roads for which they shall act as treasurer, clerk, or surveyor; and when the account of the said several treasurers, clerks, and surveyors shall be settled and allowed by the trustees or Commissioners present at such meeting, the same shall be signed by the chairman of such meeting; and if any treasurer, clerk, or surveyor shall refuse or neglect to produce his accounts, or any book, paper, or voucher required to be produced by him, such treasurer, clerk, or surveyor shall be dealt with according to the provisions hereinbefore contained with regard to officers refusing tu account or deliver up books or papers, or pay over any money in their hands; and when and as soon as the said accounts of the said respective treasurers, clerks, and surveyors shall be audited, allowed, and signed, the clerks to the trustees or Commissioners holding such meeting shall forthwith make out a statement of the debts, revenues, and expenditure received or incurred on account of the trust for which the meeting shall be held, in the form contained in the Schedule to this Act annexed, which said statement shall be submitted to the trustees or Commissioners assembled at such meeting, and when approved by the majority of them shall be signed by the chairman of the said meeting; and the said statement being so approved and signed, the said clerk shall, within thirty days thereafter, transmit the same to the clerk of the peace of the county in which the road, or the major part thereof, to which the said statement relates, shall lie; and if any clerk shall refuse or neglect to make out such statement as aforesaid, or to transmit the same within the time hereinbefore mentioned, every clerk so offending shall for such offence forfeit and pay the sum of 501. to be recovered as hereinafter directed:” And that by the same Act it is enacted, " that the clerk of the peace of every county to whom such statements shall be transmitted shall, on receiving such statements, cause the same to be produced to the Justices assembled at the Quarter Sessions to be held next after the receipt thereof, and also to be registered and kept amongst the records of the Quarter Sessions of the county for which such clerk of the peace shall act; and the said statements so to be transmitted to the said respective clerks of the peace shall, when registered, be open to the inspection of all and every person and persons whatsoever, who may take extracts therefrom or copies therof, paying to the clerk of the peace in whose custody the same shall be the sum of 5s. for each inspection, and the sum of 6d. for every seventy-two words of such extract or copy taken;"'

It is Enacted, Lxv. That so much of the said Act 3 Geo. 4. c. 126, as is hereinbefore recited shall, so far as relates to the said counties respectively, be and the same is hereby repealed.

And after reciting that by 3 & 4 Will. 4. c. 80, it is enacted, " that the several and respective clerks to the said trustees or Commissioners holding such annual meetings respectively as aforesaid shall, within thirty days from the passing of this Act. transmit to one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State for the time being copies of all such annual statements so already sent by them respectively to the clerks of the peace as aforesaid, and shall also transmit to one of His Majesty's principal Secretaries of State for the time being copies of all such general annual statements for any future year or years sa directed to be transmitted to the clerks of the peace as aforesaid, within thirty days after the same shall have been so approred and signed as aforesaid; and if any such clerk to the said trustees or Commissioners shall refuse or neglect to transmit such copies of such annual statements within the time hereinbefore prescribed for that purpose, then and in every such case every such clerk so offending shall for every such offence forfeit any sum not exceeding 101. nor less than 51., at the discretion v any Justice or Justices of the Peace before whom complaint of such offence shall be made:” And that by the same Act it is enacted, “ that from and after the expiration of the present year the trustees and Commissioners of every turnpike road shall hold their general annual meeting on or before the 25th of March in every future year, and not at any other time, anything in the said recited Acts or either of them to the contrary notwithstanding;"

It is Enacted, LxvI. That so much of the said recited Act 3 & 4 Will. 4. c. 80, as is hereinbefore recited shall, so far as relates to the sail counties respectively, be and the same is hereby repealed.

LXVII. That the several county roads boards of and for each of the said counties respectively shall and they are here by required to hold one general meeting in every year in each of the said counties, for auditing and examining the accounts relating to the several roads under their management, on some day or days to be appointed for the same by each county roads board respectively at their first meeting to be held after the passing of this Act, or at some subsequent regular meeting of the said board, and which said annual general meeting shall always take place in each of the said counties respectively in the months of January or February in each year; and the times of holding such annual general meetings in the said couities respectively shall be so fixed and arranged with reference one to another as to enable the general superintendent of county roads, to be appointed as hereinafter mentioned by virtue of this Act, to be present at such annual general meeting in each of the said several counties successively; and if at any time they shall not be so fixed and arranged respectively as aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the said Commissioners, or, after the said commission has determined, for one of Her Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, by their or his order directed to any county roads board, to alter the time appointed for holding the said annual general meeting in any of the said counties, and to appoint such other time for holding the same as may be found convenient.

LXVIII. That the said last-mentioned meeting shall be called and known as the "Annual General Meeting of the County Roads Board;" and the said boards respectively shall at the said meeting in each year examine, audit, and settle the accounts of the respective treasurers, clerks, surveyors, collectors, and other officers appointed by them respectively, and shall then, or at any other time as may be found necessary, be authorized to require such treasurers, clerks, surveyors, collectors, and other officers to produce their books, accounts, papers, and vouchers, and shall also audit, examine, and settle the accounts of the several district roads boards, to be appointed in manner hereinafter mentioned, in each of the said counties respectively, and of the several officers acting under such district roads boards, and shall also receive and examine the several estimates, reports, and accounts which shall be made and submitted to the said county roads boards by the general superintendent of county roads hereinafter mentioned : Provided always that if any treasurer, clerk, surveyor, collector, or other officer shall refuse or neglect to produce his accounts, or any book, paper, or voucher required by any such county roads board, or by the general superintendent of county roads hereinafter mentioned, to be produced by him, such treasurer, clerk, surveyor, collector

, or other officer shall be dealt with according to the provisions contained in the said general Turnpike Acts with respect to officers refusing to account or deliver up books or papers, or pay over money in their hands, to the trustees or Commisslonets appointed by or acting under any local Act.

Lxlx. That it shall be lawful for one of Her Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, by any writing under his hand, to appoint a fit and proper person (or two fit and proper persons if required,) to superintend the management, maintenance, and repair of all the several turnpike roads within the said counties respectively, and from time to time, at the discretion of the said principal Secretary of State, to remove the said person from such office, and appoint another in his stead.

Lxx. That the said person so to be appointed as aforesaid shall be called "The General Superintendent of County Roads for South Wales," and shall from time to time examine, inspect, and overlook the management and repairs of the several turnpike roads within each of the said counties respectively, and the execution of all alterations, improvements, and works relating to the same, and shall have the superintendence and controul of all surveyors and other officers employed by of under the several district boards in each county hereinafter referred to, and shall be entitled to be present at and to take part in the proceedings and business transacted at all meetings of the several county roads boards, and also of the several district roads boards hereinafter referred to, within any of the said counties respectively, and to inspect and examine all the accounts, books, and other documents of or relating to the same, and shall attend the said annual general meetings of the said county roads boards in each of the said counties respectively, and shall examine, audit, and check, and ascertain the legality of, all accounts, bills, charges, and vouchers which shall be presented to or laid before such county roads boards at such annual general meetings, and shall also prepare and submit to them, at such meetings, a general statement of the debts, revenue, and expenditure incurred or received in and for the year preceding on account of the several turnpike roads within each of the said counties respectively; and shall also prepare and submit to the said county roads boards respectively, at such meetings, an estimate of the revenue and expenditure on account of the said roads to be received or incurred in and for the ensuing year, specifying in such statements and estimates the amount and proportion of revenue and expenditure received or incurred or to be received or incurred in respect of the several districts to be constituted by virtue of this Act in each of the said counties respectively, according to the provisions hereinafter contained, and shall sign such statements and estimates respectively; and so soon as the said statements and estimates shall have been submitted to and examined by such county roads boards shall transmit the same or copies thereof to the said Commissioners, or, after the said commission shall have determined, to one of Her Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, to be by them or him laid before both Houses of Parliament, according to the provisions of the said general Turnpike Acts, and shall also cause the same to be published in one or more of the newspapers circulating in the county; and shall also from time to time, and whenever he shall be required by any county roads board so to do, prepare and submit to such county roads board an estimate or estimates of the probable expense to be incurred in respect of any proposed improvement, alteration, or work relating to the roads under the management of such board, and shall make such further reports from time to time to the said county roads board, or to the said Commissioners, or to the said Secretary of State, respecting the management and administration of any roads hereby placed under his charge or controul, as he shall be required by them or any of them to do. LXXI. That every county roads board shall cause a book to be kept by their clerk, in which such clerk shall enter or cause to be entered true and regular accounts of all sums of money received and expended for the purposes of this Act, and of the several matters for which such sums of money shall have been received or expended; and the said board shall cause notes, minutes, or copies, as the case may require, of all the orders and proceedings of such board at the several meetings thereof

to be duly entered in books to be from time to time provided for that purpose, and such books shall be evidence in all proceedings at law or in equity, without further proof of the contents thereof, and shall at all seasonable times be open to the inspection of all members of such boards and of all district boards within the same county, and of every person paying any rate by this Act authorized to be made, without any fee being demanded for such inspection; and all such members and persons respectively shall be entitled, at seasonable times, to take copies or extracts from the said books, without paying any fee for the same; and if, on request made for that purpose, the clerk of any county roads board shall refuse to permit any of such members or persons respectively to inspect any such books, or to take copies or extracts therefrom as aforesaid, such clerk shall for every such refusal forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding 51. III. That the first meeting of each and every county roads board to be held in and for the said counties respectively shall take place on such day or days, and at such place within each of the said counties respectively, as the said Commissioners by their order shall direct.

LXXII. That the county roads board of each county respectively at such first meeting assembled shall, in the first place, elect and appoint two fit and proper persons, being members of such board, to be the chairman and

vice chairman respectively of such board ; and the said

chairman, or in his absence the said vice chairman, shall preside at all meetings to be thereafter held of such board, and shall have a casting vote in addition to his own vote; and in case at any meeting the said chairman and vice chairman shall both be absent, then some other member of such board, to be chosen by the major part of the members

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