SIR TREVOR LAWRENCE
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Why the reservoir and filter beds of the Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company at Nine Elms, which are within sixty-four yards and seventeen yards respectively of a large dust yard, 583 have not been covered in as suggested to the Local Government Board by the Wandsworth District Board of Works; and, why the Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company have not been required to construct sibsiding reservoirs at Hampton, as recommended to the Local Government Board by Colonel Bolton more than seven years ago, and as frequently urged on the Board by the Wandsworth District Board of Works?
MR. GEORGE RUSSELL
Sir, we consider that the close proximity of a dust yard to the reservoir and filter beds of the Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company at Nine Elms is very objectionable. In August last we urged the Company to take steps to secure the disuse of the site as a dust yard, and, if necessary, to promote a Bill in Parliament with the view to the compulsory purchase of the premises. The Company, as we understand, propose to endeavour to acquire the property by agreement under powers which they seek to obtain by a Bill now before Parliament. We are advised that it is not obligatory on the Company to cover the filter beds and the reservoir, which is a storage reservoir for unfiltered water. The Company are constructing subsiding reservoirs at Hampton at an estimated cost of more than £25,000, and these works, it is expected, will be completed in August of the present year.