Leeds Mercury (01/Jul/1848) - The Huddersfield Improvement Bill
The Huddersfield Improvement Bill.
This measure passed the third reading in the House of Lords on Monday evening, and when the Royal assent is obtained, it will become law. Many of the ratepayers and opponents of the measure, during its progress through the legislature, have contended that such enactment is unnecessary, and even if obtained, that its powers would be useless. They have contended that Huddersfield is a pattern town for cleanliness, and have even spoken so far in its praise as to say that improvement is almost undesirable. Such persons must be either insensible to their own health or that of the neighbourhood in which they reside. Probably they may think that the introduction of the measure will interfere too much with vested interests, — that it will be a direct infringement of the rights of medical men, undertakers, and parish sextons, to take "cleansing powers" into those courts and alleys where illnesses are constantly being generated, and where many fall victims to disease caused by the nuisance continually arising from the filthiness of the locality. Since we have both filth and immorality in the town, does it follow that we should have established receptacles for the accumulation of both ? Certainly not. The thanks of the public are due to the promoters of the measure for their exertions in carrying it, through good and evil report. We sincerely sympathise with those who have looked upon the bill with a jaundiced eye ; and we hope now that it is obtained, they will see it in a more favourable light, and aid in removing all barriers and obstacles that stand in the way of its being made fully available for the purposes intended.