§ 51. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Minister of Health whether, with regard to the proposal of the Ministry to sanction the demolition of old cottages round the millpond at Swanage, he will reconsider the matter with a view to securing the effective reconditioning of the cottages and the preservation of their picturesque amenities?
§ Sir K. Wood
This matter has not yet come before me for consideration. The position is as follows: Resolutions declaring five areas to be clearance areas in respect of property in the vicinity of the old mill-pond, Swanage, have recently been passed by the urban district council. When the orders have been made and submitted to me by the council for confirmation, any persons interested will have the right to enter objections and to appear or be represented at the public local inquiry which will be held by an inspector of my Department. The hon. Member can be quite sure that my decision on the orders will only be given after full consideration of all the evidence put before me, and that I shall not lose sight of the question of the preservation of amenities.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Although the Minister undoubtedly has strong sensibilities regarding this matter, has he received representations from the people in the locality pressing him to do something to preserve this particular amenity?
§ Mr. Bossom
Will the Minister tell the House, when this question comes up for approval on the appropriate Vote, what progress has been made?
§ Sir K. Wood
There has first to be an inquiry. I have then to consider the evidence given at the inquiry and, of course, I do have regard to matters such as those put forward in the hon. Gentleman's question.