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[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]
Snow's-fields, Bermondsey, area.
This area had been represented to the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1875, and to the Council
in 1892, and since the latter year had received the attention of the Public Health and Housing
Committee of the Council, but owing to the probability that important changes in its condition would
be effected without an improvement scheme under the Act of 1890, the Council was not recommended
to prepare. a scheme for its improvement.
In July, 1896, the Housing of the Working Classes Committee reported to the Council
concerning it, " that the land had been acquired by the trustees of the Guinness' Trust for the purpose
of the erection of working-class dwellings. The culs de sac, which were the chief feature of this area,
have been all abolished, and Kirby-street has been carried right through the area into Snow's-fields.
Strips of the land forming part of the area will be given up to make Snow's-fields of a uniform width
of 30 feet, though this, we understand, may be more easily effected by the straightening of the
thoroughfare. The whole of the improvement of the area has been carried out by arrangement between
the trustees of the Guinness' Trust, the London School Board and the Vestry of Bermondsey."
Proceedings in respect of hoiises represented as unfit for human habitation.
The following tabular statement shows the procedure of district authorities as to houses represented as unfit for human habitation, and concerning which the Council has received copies of representations from the 1st January to the 31st December, 1896 —
|Local Authority.||Total number of houses conccrning which the Council has received information that representations have been made from the 1/1/96 to the 31/12/96.||Number of houses closed, demolished or improved by owners without Magisterial intervention.||Number of houses for which closing orders were granted.||Number of houses for which closing orders were refused.||Number of houses outstanding or concerning which proceedings are in progress.|
|Closed.||Demolished.||Improved.||Total.||Subsequently demolished.||Subsequently improved.||No further action.||Total.|
|St. George, Hanover-square||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|St. James, Westminster||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|St. Olave, Southwark||6||—||-||6||6||—||-||—||—||—||—|
|St. Saviour, Southwark||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Working class dwellings in Plumstead.
During the year 1896 the Housing of the Working Classes Committee considered various
representations as to the want of accommodation for workmen in Plumstead, and the Committee thu3
reported to the Council in December—
We have had under consideration communications from various bodies representing the interests of
the working classes in Plumstead, calling attention to the want of accommodation for workmen in that
locality, and urging the Council to erect municipal lodging-houses and cottage dwellings. From inquiries
which we have caused to be made, we are of opinion that there is need for further accommodation of the
kind mentioned, but in the absence of the necessity of undertaking any scheme under the Housing of the