HC Deb 27 May 1873 vol 216 cc502-3

asked the Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works, Whether it is true that the Board proposed to dispose of the vacant land in Cannon Row, abutting on the Thames Embankment, for building purposes, thereby preventing the construction of an approach road from Parliament Street to the Embankment by the Whitehall Club, in continuation of Derby Street?


Sir, in answer to the Question of my hon. Friend, I beg to state that it is the intention of the Metropolitan Board to dispose of the vacant land to which he refers for building purposes, and as that land is immediately between the Embankment and Derby Street, the construction of an approach to the Embankment from that street will certainly be prevented. The question of the approach referred to has been frequently before the Board; but it has not been thought desirable to undertake the work, for it would greatly diminish the value of their land. The gradients of the existing street are bad; while to make a suitable thoroughfare would necessitate the removal of the whole north side of the street, involving an expenditure, in the Board's opinion, more than the value of the suggested approach would justify.