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St Mary (Battersea) 1890

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Battersea]

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This Committee having to arrange and superintend the
work connected with the cleansing of the 60 miles of streets
under the jurisdiction of the Vestry, the collection and disposal
of house refuse and the supervision of all matters connected
with the Vestry's Stables, Dust Destructor, Dep6t and Wharf
including the manufacture of silica and tar paving from the
residue of house refuse after the same has been passed through
the Dust Destructor, and also having the control of all stores and
materials at such Depots, necessarily devote much time and
attention to the enormous amount of detail and routine work
relating to these matters, and the reports and recommendations
submitted to the Vestry cannot be taken as an index of the
work actually carried out by this Committee, especially having
regard to the fact that the whole of the work of the Parish is
now carried out by workmen directly employed by the Vestry
under the supervision of the several Committees.
During the year the Street Cleansing Dusting and Depot
Committee have devoted considerable time and attention to the
question of the collection and disposal of the dust and house
refuse from premises within the Parish and a full report upon
this subject in connection with the operations at the Vestry's
Dust Destructor Dep6t will be found in the annual report of the
Surveyor. (See Appendix No. III).
The Sanitary
The Sanitary Committee during the period under
review have dealt with the matters relating to the
sanitation of the Parish and the health of the inhabitants
at 24 meetings, and have submitted to the Vestry 22 reports
containing 129 recommendations thereon.
This Committee at each meeting received and considered
the reports of the Medical Officers of Health, the Inspector of
Nuisances and the four Assistant Inspectors and gave directions
as to the procedure of the respective officers in all cases of
urgency; the Committee also examined the Register of Bodies
taken to the Public Mortuary and the Register of the Notification
of Infectious Diseases which are laid before them at each meeting.
The Committee gave instructions to the Inspector as to