London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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Malden and Coombe 1949

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Malden & Coombe]

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with noise nuisance and no formal action was taken during the
the year. It is not generally known and may perhaps be mentioned
here that no complaint can be made to a Justice unless
it is signed by not less than three householders within hearing
of the noise nuisance complained of and, in the event of a
prosecution, it is necessary to prove that the noise is injurious
or dangerous to health and is capable of being prevented or
mitigated having due regard to all the circumstances of the case.
Furthermore if the noise is occasioned in the course of any trade
or business it is a good defence that the best practicable means
of preventing or mitigating it, having regard to cost have been
adopted. The difficulties of sustaining a prosecution are clearly
evident. Generally visits and tactful interviews have brought
about desired improvements.
The Council adopted the Byelaw prohibiting the sale of
contraceptives from slot machines so placed that they can be
used by persons who are in the street. Only one machine of
this character was found to exist and this was converted for the
sale of another article immediately after confirmation of the
I am,
Mr. Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors,
Your obedient servant,
Sanitary Inspector.