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St James's 1859

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for St James's, Westminster]

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Sanitary Powers under the Department of
Medical Officer of Health.
The Vestry desire to draw the attention of the Parishioners
of St. James's, Westminster, to the powers conferred
upon them by "The Metropolis Local Management Act,"
the "Nuisances Removal and Diseases Prevention Act,"
and "The Vaccination Extension Act," for the removal of
all nuisances injurious to health, the prevention of the sale
of unwholesome food, the prevention of the overcrowding
of houses, and the enforcing the practice of Vaccination.
Nuisances.—By the 8th Clause of "The Nuisances
"Removal and Diseases Prevention Act," the following are
regarded as Nuisances:—
"Any Premises in such a state as to be a Nuisance or
"injurious to Health:"
"Any Pool, Ditch, Gutter, Watercourse, Privy, Urinal,
"Cesspool, Drain, or Ash-Pit so foul as to be a Nuisance
"or injurious to Health:"
"Any Animal so kept as to be a Nuisance or injurious
"to Health :"
"Any accumulation or Deposit which is a Nuisance or
"injurious to Health:"
By the powers of the Act, the Vestry has power to compel
the removal of all such Nuisances; and, in case of refusal,
to perform the work, and demand payment from the
responsible parties.
Drains.—By the 82nd Clause of "The Metropolis Local
"Management Act," the Vestry can, through their Officers,