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Traffic Scheme, Elephant And Castle

Volume 236: debated on Monday 10 March 1930

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asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been drawn to the proposed Elephant and Castle traffic scheme and to the fact that the plans put forward by the London County Council involve the displacement from their homes of 2,000 people; whether he is aware that there are alternative schemes in existence, equally satisfactory to the London County Council scheme, which will not de-house more than 500 people; and whether, in view of the fact that the houses threatened with demolition are all of a good type and in good condition and of the urgent need for additional housing in this locality, he will make representation to prevent the unnecessary disturbance of existing property utilised for working-class dwellings?

I have been asked to reply. The scheme, recently submitted by the London County Council, and now under examination in my Department, is one of several schemes which have been under consideration at various times for the improvement of traffic conditions at the Elephant and Castle. I understand that before any scheme can be put into operation it will be necessary for the Council to promote a Bill. My hon. Friend may rest assured that in arriving at a decision as to the details of any scheme to be embodied in the Bill every regard will be had to the importance of avoiding unnecessary disturbance of property utilised for working-class dwellings.