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Town And Country Planning, Uganda

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the Westlake Report, he will give consideration to the appointment of a town planning expert, with experience of laying out trading and large housing estates in this country, to plan the Jinja area in Uganda in anticipation of this place becoming a large industrial centre within the next five to 10 years and, subsequently, any other large centres in that territory likely to be affected in the near future by the proposals submitted in the report.

I understand from the Governor that it is his intention to entrust the planning of the Jinja area to a town planner with wide experience of that work in East Africa. A preliminary survey of the Jinja area has, in fact, already been carried out. In regard to the second pars of the Question a Town and Country Planning Bill has been drafted in Uganda which it is intended to introduce shortly into the Legislative Council. This is evidence of the intention of the Uganda Government to provide expert planning for any future development.