The Committee also conferred with and instructed the
Solicitor relative to the conduct of the various legal proceedings.
The Vestry considered the so-called Betterment Clauses
contained in the London Streets (Strand Improvement) Bill, and
addressed a communication to the London County Council
thereon, to the effect that they were entirely in favour of the
clauses, and urging the Council, pending general legislation on
the subject, to incorporate similar provisions in Bills dealing
with cases where the surrounding property is specially
benefited by public improvements.
The Vestry also considered and presented petitions against
the London Subways and Overhead Wires Bill, promoted by
the County Council, and the Richmond Footbridge, with
removable sluices, Lock and Slipway Bill.
The Vestry have received from the Board of
Churchwardens and Overseers the sum of £76,379
19s. 7d., paid pursuant to Precepts based upon the Annual
Estimates of Expenditure of the Vestry. This amount
included the following sums which the Vestry were required to
raise and pay to the undermentioned bodies, viz.:—
The Metropolitan Board of Works £6,853 8s. 7d.
The School Board for London £24,794 2s. 7d.
The amount received by the Vestry on account of private
works carried out by the Vestry for and at the expense of
owners of property, such as the making-up and paving of new
streets, repairs to trenches cut by the Gas and Water
Companies, drain connections, &c., was £9,424 5s. 6d., and
from sundry other sources £5,121 15s. 9d., making the total
receipts £90,926 os. 10d., while the total expenditure of the
Vestry amounted to £96,767 1s. 5d.
An abstract of the receipts and expenditure of the Vestry is
appended to this report, pursuant to the provisions of the 198th
section of the 18 & 19 Vic., cap. 12, (See Appendix No. VII.)