HC Deb 10 March 1881 vol 259 cc725-6

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether he has been informed of the intention of the guardians of the parish of St. Saviour Southwark to erect a new workhouse on ground adjoining Dulwich Grove; and, if he is aware that such proposed erection will be a serious inconvenience to the inhabitants in that locality, who have expressed strong objections to a workhouse being built in the midst of suburban villas; and, whether the consent of the Local Government Board has been given to the proposed erection after a request from the inhabitants that a deputation might be received and before such deputation was received?


, in reply, said he had been informed of the intention of the guardians to erect a workhouse, and the site having been inspected by an inspector of the Local Government Board, and reported to be exceedingly well adapted for the purpose, the proposed purchase was sanctioned. That was before the application for the deputation was received. He would regret exceedingly that the erection of the building on the proposed site should prove an inconvenience to any of the inhabitants; but he was bound to point out that if buildings of that kind were to be erected only on sites where no one could be found to object, they would have to abandon their erection altogether.