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Mile End 1890

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hamlet of Mile End Old Town]

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98 25 JUNE, 1890.
The remedy for the said complaint is to repair the
roof, to insert a damp proof course in the walls, and to
repair the flooring and joists where decayed.
If these works be executed it is not necessary in my
opinion to demolish the said house in order to remove
the complaint contained in the report of the Medical
Officer of Health.
I am, &c.,
(Signed) JNO. M. KNIGHT,
An Engineer appointed to report
on the said house under the
provisions of the said Act.
Vestry of the Hamlet of Mile End Old Town.
Vestry Hall, Bancroft Road, Mile End Road, E.
June 25th, 1890.
To the Vestry ol the Hamlet of Mile End Old Town.
Gentlemen,
Re 9, Knott Street.
I have considered the report of the Medical Officer
of Health referred to me at your meeting held on the 11th
day of June, in respect of the house and premises known
as 9, Knott Street, under the provisions of the Artizans
and Labourers' Dwellings' Act, 1868.
The complaint contained in the said report of the
Medical Officer of Health is—
That the site has not been properly prepared for the
erection of a dwelling house.
That the walls are very damp.
The cause of the complaint is the age of the house and
the original defective construction.
The remedy for the complaint contained in the said
Report of the Medical Officer of Health is to take up the
flooring boards and joists, to excavate the ground beneath,
and to lay a bed of concrete at least four inches in thickness
over the site. To insert a damp proof course. To
replace the flooring and joists, and to insert ventilation
flues front and back.
If these works be executed it is not necessary in my
opinion to demolish the said house in order to remove the
complaint contained in the said report of the Medical
Officer of Health.
I am, &c.,
(Signed) JNO. M. KNIGHT.
An Engineer appointed to report
on the said house under the
provisions of the said Act,

(6) That your Sanitary Inspectors reported that since the last meeting* the following works had been performed, viz. :

East.West.Total.
Number of houses inspected118174292
Notices served for sanitary works434992
Second Notices served01010
Complaints received71118
Water supply provided to closets07474
Water supply for domestic purposes separated from cisterns which supply the closets11740
New Closets built033
Dust receptacles provided729
Sink pipes disconnected from drains909
Drains cleansed7411
Drain flushed101
Swine removed011
Requests for the removal of dust0052
Houses disinfected404
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