HC Deb 15 June 1871 vol 207 cc67-8

asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether he is aware that a drinking trough for cattle and horses has been erected in Piccadilly exactly opposite the new thoroughfare through Hamilton Place; and, whether he will take steps to procure its immediate removal to a more suitable locality less obstructive to traffic?


, in reply, said, he had been informed that the trough in question had been erected by a benevolent Member of that House, the hon. Member for Weymouth who, believed that in so doing he was rendering a great service to animals. The hon. Member had previously erected a similar trough at Knightsbridge, which had been regarded as a great been by the drivers of vehicles. The exact site for the trough in question had been selected by the Vestry which the inhabitants of St. George's, Hanover Square had elected for the management of their affairs. Under these circumstances, if the inhabitants of that district did not approve the site that had been selected for the erection of this trough, they should either imitate the example which had been set them by the hon. Member for Weymouth and subscribe the necessary funds for erecting a handsome trough elsewhere, or else they might represent their grievances to their Vestry, and in the event of these not being redressed they could protect themselves by electing an anti-trough Vestry at the next general election for vestrymen for the district.