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Surbiton 1906

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Surbiton]

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The execution of this work is very much appreciated
by the occupiers of small property because it
prevents nuisances arising from surface water soaking
into the foundations of the dwelling or standing in
pools on the surface until it becomes stagnant.
Cleansing is also greatly facilitated and dirty and
insanitary conditions prevented.
In no case has it been found necessary to take
legal proceedings before the Magistrates to enforce
the Bye-laws dealing with this matter. On the
contrary, owners, especially of the smaller class of
property, have been most prompt in complying with
the notices served, a fact which shows that they are
generally in sympathy with this class of sanitary
improvement when the amount of paving demanded
is reasonable.
It is usual to take each case on its merits and
not to demand the whole of any yard to be paved
irrespective of any nuisance or insanitary conditions
existing, simply because it abuts upon a dwelling

Table showing the number of yards paved since the Council adapted the Bye-laws relating to the paving of yards and open spaces:—

131432114. 65756934416