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Finsbury 1960

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

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UNFIT HOUSES AND PARTS OF HOUSES:
There are still many unfit houses and parts of houses in the
Borough although their number is steadily diminishing. Owing to the
difficulties in relation to rehousing, it has not been practicable
to secure demolition or closure of any but those in the worst condition.
From time to time it bacame necessary to take action to secure
closure of a few individual rooms (other than basements) in houses
where these could not be made fit at a reasonable cost.
Steps have been taken to secure closure of unsatisfactory basement
rooms usually when these have become vacant or been known to be about
to become vacant.
The table appended summarizes the action taken during the period
1956-1960, the figures in brackets referring to action taken in 1960.
CLOSING AND DEMOLITION ORDERS:

The table appended summarizes the action taken during the period 1956-1960, the figures in brackets referring to action taken in 1960. CLOSING AND DEMOLITION ORDERS:

WholeHousesBasementRoomsOther Parts
No.of representations made.82(5)101(17)7 (1)
No still under considerations.315
Total No.of undertakings accepted.12(1)(1)
Demolition Orders made7(2)
Such properties since demolished.4(1)
Closing Orders made.80(10)83(11)3 (1)
Such properties later demolished.54(29)20(20)3 (3)
Orders later determined5(-)16(4)
Total No of representations lapsed or no action taken.606
Total No of properties still subject to
(a) Demolition Orders,3
(b) Closing Orders.461345
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