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Finsbury 1937

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finsbury Borough]

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Summary of Matters for which Notices were Served:—

1. Damp, dirty, verminous and dilapidated premises72
2. Leaky roofs11
3. Sanitary conveniences dilapidated, dirty, in-sufficient, not separated for sexes, unsuitable, choked121
4. Waste pipes, rain-water pipes and gutters, choked, leaky, broken, water fittings leaky3
5. Waterpipes and fittings defective2
6. Dustbins absent or broken6
7. Refuse accumulations8
8. Smoky chimney1

Drainage of Buildings.
The sanitary inspectors supervise the drainage in connection
with plans submitted to the Public Health Committee every month.
This applies to alterations and additions to drains of existing buildings,
and all drainage work above ground in respect of new

One hundred and twenty-eight plans were deposited last year. These related to:—

The provision of additional sanitary accommodation54
Reconstruction of drainage of existing buildings28
New buildings39
Sanitary fittings only7

Factories and Workshops.
The number of workshops and workplaces on the register at the
end of 1937 was 2,523, compared with 2,529 at the end of 1936.
During the year under review, 84 entries were removed from the
register owing to the closing of premises, the conversion of workshops
into factories by the introduction of some form of mechanical
power, or to the removal of the occupier to other places of business.