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1902 Defective Drainage

From the minutes of the Croydon Rural District Council
Volume 8
1902 to 1903
Mitcham Parochial
29th April 1902
page 67


—Inspector Rabbetts submitted the following reports upon the defective drainage of certain .premises in the parish of Mitcham :-

18, BELGRAVE ROAD.—That he had found a vent pipe at these premises not connected to the drain, and that several of the pipes were broken. The owner, on being communicated with, had done something, but had covered up the work without giving him an opportunity of inspecting. He, however, proposed making a further test.

“ASSANDUNE,” “IVY COTTAGE,” AND “ELM COTTAGE.” —That, in accordance with the authority given him, he had entered upon the above premises, and found the drains at ” Assandune” and “Elm Cottage” to be defective. The drainage of “Ivy Cottage ” appeared to be tolerably good.

Resolved, That Mr. Rabbetts, Inspector of Nuisances, be authorised to serve notices on the undermentioned owners requiring them to abate the nuisances and to remedy the sanitary defects in the undermentioned premises, in accordance with the entries in the Report Book of the Inspector of Nuisances:-

Name and Address of Owner Situation of Premises.
Clark, Mr.,12, Rowley Road, Lewisham “Assandune,” Lower Green West
Bayley, Mr. (occupier) “Elm Cottage,” Lower Green West

BRUNSWICK Villas, Robinson ROAD.—That it had been found necessary to open up the ground and examine the drains of these premises. The drains of Clifton Villa, adjoining this property, were connected to the same system, but he had not yet been able to examine them. He recommended that notices be served on the various owners requiring them to carry out certain works in order to abate the nuisances.

The Committee adjourned the consideration of this matter.

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

Council Houses ‘Derelict’

From a local newspaper, dated 23rd July 1982

COUNCIL houses have been left out of a scheme to do up a badly run down area.

Many have been left to decay, while nearby private houses have been given government funded face lifts.

These are the angry claims of Colliers Wood councillor Miss Siobhain McDonagh.

“It is an indictment of this council,” she said. “These houses have been owned by them for a number of years and they are still derelict.”

While the number of smart private houses and flats is on the increase, the condition of vacant council housing in Robinson Road continues to worsen with age and frequent spates of vandalism.

For years residents were haunted by the threat of M23 motorway plans, many left and the area became dilapidated. It was then named a housing action area, and over the course of five years council cash was providrd to assist private building enterprise.

But Coun McDonagh feels strongly that the council should have given similar cash support to its own property, especially as there are 4,500 people on the wailing list.

“There is an obvious need for rented accommodation,” she said. “All the council is interested in is cutting services.”

Environmental health chief Mr Jim Smith said that the aims of the five year plan had in fact been achieved in that almost all the housing had been improved.


Many of the council houses had only recently acquired from the Greater London Council and the Department of Transport, and that provision has been made for their improvement in the very near future.