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Plumstead 1897

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health, 1897

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years. At the same time there was certainly much more than
is desired for the purity of the atmosphere, and more, I think,
than is at all necessary.
In relation to this I may mention that the question of the
exemption of government buildings from the sanitary control
of local authorities has recently been the subject of unfavorable
comment, and several of the London Vestries, including
your own, have made representations to the Local Government
Board, asking that this exemption should be discontinued.
As things are at present, infectious disease may rage in military
barracks unknown to the Medical Officer of Health of the
Sanitary district in which they are situated, and nuisances may
exist on Government property which, perhaps, seriously affect
the health of those living in the neighbourhood, and yet there
is no power to deal with them.
No doubt Government officials are usually very careful to
avoid anything prejudicial to the public, but this cannot always
be counted on.
68. Beidhaven Road District.—Since the beginning of 1897,
I have obtained returns of the births in this district, and at
the end of the year, the Public Health Committee had a Census
of the district taken, so that it now possible to give vital
statistics of this locality with more accuracy.
The results of the Census were as follows:—
Houses 567
Population 3733
„ under 1 year 115
„ under 21 years 1951