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.