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Finsbury 1938

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

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88, Old Street: Licensed No. of Beds 348 men
Beds occupied 263 „
No. known to be in receipt of
public assistance 45 „
No. of beds paid for by
charitable organisation 2 „
57, White Lion Street: Licensed No. of Beds 92 „
Beds occupied 29 „
No. known to be in receipt of
public assistance 1 „
No. of beds paid for by charitable
organisations nil.
Nuisance from Pigeons.
Public Health (London) Act, 1936, Section 121. Power is
given by this section to destroy pigeons causing any nuisance,
annoyance or damage, and last year the Council arranged for the
destruction of those birds which were causing trouble in the vicinity
of Corporation Dwellings. Altogether 500 pigeons were destroyed.
Noise (London County Council (General Powers) Act, 1937).
By Section 66 of this Act a noise nuisance shall be a nuisance
which may be dealt with summarily under the Public Health
(London) Act, 1936.
It should be noted that no complaint to a court shall be
effective unless it is made by not less than three persons, either
householders or occupiers of premises within hearing of the noise
nuisance which is the subject of the complaint.
Further, in any proceedings, it is a good defence to show that
the best practical means have been used to prevent or mitigate
the nuisance, due regard being paid to the cost and other relevant
Two complaints of noise were received last year, but no action
under the Act was taken.

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