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Plumstead 1897

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health, 1897

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increase of late years, and some trouble has been found in
controlling them, the Vestry determined to adopt bye-laws for
promoting their cleanliness and habitual condition and the
prevention of infectious diseases and nuisances. Power is
given to do this under Sec. 95 (2) of the Public Health Act.
Some bye-laws were accordingly drawn up and are awaiting
approval by the Local Government Board.
64. Workshops.—I inspected 17 workshops, including 12
dressmakers', 2 tailors', 2 laundries, and 1 soda water. In
several cases there was not more than one employe, but in
others overcrowding and other insanitary conditions were found
and have since been remedied.
65. Dust Shoots.—The bulk of the House Refuse of the
Parish was deposited on a shoot on the levels more than 300
yards away from houses. But, on the 7th April, I reported
that "I found that house refuse was being shot on Wright's
" estate, High Street, within 100 yards of houses."
"I wrote to the Contractor, asking him to stop the deposit
"at once, and to kindly inform me who had authorized it. I
"have received a reply, stating that the Contractor's men shot
"the refuse contrary to orders, and that strict orders had been
" given not to do so again."
The deposit was discontinued for a time, but I have recently
learnt that it was recommenced by the new dust contractor.
The Public Health Committee have taken steps to prevent this.
66. Dust Collection.—In the middle of the year, the dust
collection was given to a new Contractor, who made the lowest
tender for the undertaking.