Category Archives: Borough

1962 Slum Clearance Scheme

from the Mitcham News & Mercury, 25th May, 1962, page 1:

Mitcham’s ambitious slum clearance scheme

ABOUT 140 HOMES TO GO

It may start next year, say council

Hundreds of Mitcham people are likely to have to leave their homes soon when Mitcham Council go ahead with a large scale slum clearance scheme.

About 140 dwellings, scattered in many parts of the town, are included in the scheme, which will possibly get under way early next year.

Split into five groups the dwellings included in the scheme are in Phipps Bridge Road, Blue House Cottages, Fountain Place, Prussia Place, Nursery Road, Gladstone Road, Sibthorp Road, Fountain Road and Western Road.

SOME HOMES ALREADY VACANT

Compulsory purchase of many of the properties is inevitable. Thousands of pounds will be involved in the acquisition.

Some of the dwellings, however, are at present vacant.

The Borough Engineer, Mr J.W. Turner, has advised the council’s housing committee to split the slum clearance scheme into two phases.

He thinks that the Gladstone Road, Sibthorp Road, Fountain Road and Western Road areas – forming part of an area which should, he feels, be considered with the council’s redevelopment of the Town Centre – should be deferred until further progress has been made on the the town centre proposals.

If the housing committee do leave these areas it would mean that only 54 dwellings would be immediately affected.

LOCAL INQUIRIES MAY BE HELD

It is not possible to say yet the date the scheme will start. Various legal channels have to be gone through and there is also a possibility that many local residents, affected by the scheme, will object to the Minister of Housing and Local Government. This may mean a series of local inquiries.

The sites in Fountain Place, Prussia Place and Nursery Road are the only ones included in the scheme which will be re-developed for residential use.

The other sites will be used for roads, redevelopment of the town centre and one for a school site.

Pig Bins and Tottenham Pudding

Food waste was collected in pig bins, metal dustbins in the street. The waste, such as potato peelings and plate scrapings, were sent to a plant for boiling into a feed for pigs, called Tottenham Pudding.

From the Mitcham & Tooting Advertiser, 4th February, 1954

Pig bins to be abolished

Waste food is now ‘unprofitable’

Kitchen waste is no longer to be collected in Mitcham, and the council’s
street pig bins are to be removed.

Commenting on this at Thursday’s meeting of Mitcham Council, Aid. C.A. Norris (Ind.) congratulated the Public Health Committee on their decision to abolish what he described as “the pig-bin nuisance, and the now unprofitable collection of kitchen waste generally.”

VOLUNTARY COLLECTION

The committee made their decision after receiving a letter from the
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries stating that the Government had decided that the salvage of waste food by local authorities would in future be on a voluntary basis.

The Minister, the letter continued, was prepared to revoke individual
directions for the salvage of kitchen waste should local authorities wish
him to do so. although he hoped they would give the matter careful consideration before deciding to disband their waste food services.

Air Raid shelters in 1948

Mitcham Borough Council minutes, volume 15, 1948-49, page 95 :-

The Borough Engineer submitted the following report: –

December 3, 1948.

To the Chairman and Members of the General Purposes Committee.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Air Raid Shelters.

In accordance with the instructions of the Committee I give below a list of shelters which have not yet been demolished :—

  • Morden Road (Deer Park Gardens).
  • Commonside West.
  • Commonside East.
  • Manor Road.
  • Rowan Road.
  • Figges Marsh S.
  • Figges Marsh N.
  • Manship Road.
  • Moffatt Gardens.
  • Cranmer Road.
  • Fair Green.
  • Carshalton Road.

Home Office sanction to the making safe of the shelters has just been received and negotiations are proceeding with the contractors, Messrs. J. Sullivan, Ltd., whose tender (in the sum of £603 15s.) was forwarded, in July, to the Home Office for approval.

Personal note: I remember in the mid 1960s the air raid shelters at the southern end of Figges Marsh and on the north side of Cranmer Road near the junction with Carshalton Road.

1939 : Rateable value of Off-Licences

From Mitcham Borough Council Minutes, vilome 5, 1938-39, page 642

Off
Licence
Address Present RV Proposed
RV
Coronation Stores Greyhound Terrace £80 £94
Gladstone House Western Road £48 £59
1-3 Byegrove Road £38 £56
61 Church Road £36 £44
98 Church Road £72 £80
370 Grove Road £67 £76
30 High Street SW19 £60 £69
250 London Road £105 £117
325-7 London Road £80 £92
221 Streatham Road £118 £134
229 Streatham Road £31 £48

Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

1939 : Rateable value of pubs

From Mitcham Borough Council Minutes, vilome 5, 1938-39, page 641

Pub Address Present RV Proposed
RV
Albion Church Road £147 £238
Bath Tavern Belgrave Road £68 £120
Beehive Commonside East £62 £109
Buck’s Head London Road £152 £297
Bull Church Road £103 £180
Cricketers London Road £129 £197
Crown London Road £165 £305
Fountain Western Road £48 £144
Gardeners Arms London Road £140 £447
Goat Inn Carshalton Road £125 £222
Gorringe Park Hotel London Road £260 £663
Horse and Groom Tamworth Lane £172 £330
King’s Arms London Road £162 £280
Kings Head London Road £162 £288
Old Nag’s Head Upper Green West £172 £251
Prince of Wales Western Road £113 £267
Queen’s Head Lower Green £80 £184
Ravensbury Arms Croydon Road £80 £155
Ravensbury Tavern Morden Road £44 £330
Red Lion High Street SW19 £463 £663
Royal Six Bells High Street SW19 £130 £205
Royal Standard High Street SW19 £83 £163
Star Church Road £87 £217
Surrey Arms Morden Road £188 £313
Swan London Road £190 £388
Three Kings Commonside East £168 £290
Victory High Street SW19 £216 £301
White Hart London Road £205 £330
Windmill Commonside East £48 £101

Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

Riverside Drive

Road off east side of London Road, and north of the River Wandle.

The Royal Mail postcode search shows 86 addresses with postcodes CR4 4BR for 1 to 69 odd, CR4 4BU for 2 to 74 even and CR4 4BW for 76 to 112 even. The road also includes the day care Jan Malinowski Centre at no. 114 and Wandle House at no. 10.

The road is part of the Brookfields Estate built in 1937/8. The developers had proposed the name Coronation Grove but received objections to this by purchasers. The developers then sought advice of the council, suggesting alternatives Laurel Grove, River Way, Rivermead Avenue, Orchard Gardens and Riverside Drive. The council chose the latter. Source: Minutes of the Mitcham Borough Council, volume 4 1937-38, page 453.

The other road of this estate, Brookfields Avenue, retains the name which came from Brookfields Cottage, which was near Wandle Grove (later called Wandle House). Source: Mitcham Histories: 6 Mitcham Bridge, The Watermeads and The Wandle Mills, chapter 6.

1910 OS map


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

Minutes of meetings held by the Mitcham Borough Council are available on request from the Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre at Morden Library.

1940 : Removal of tramway rails

From the minutes of the Mitcham Borough Council, volume 6, 1939 to 1940

58. REMOVAL of TRAMWAY RAILS. – The Borough Engineer submitted the following report: –

February 13, 1940.

REMOVAL OF TRAMWAY RAILS

The Ministry of Transport have asked whether the Council will agree to the removal of the tramway rails from London Road and Croydon Road. The price payable will be 8 per ton, less the cost of removal, which will result in a favourable balance, which will be carried to the classification accounts, and I recommend the Committee to agree. The length of tramway rails involved is 12,000 yards in Croydon Road and 2,760 yards in London Road.

Yours faithfully,
RILEY SCHOFIELD,

Borough Engineer and Surveyor.

Resolved, That authority be glven to the Borough Engineer as recommended.