Mr Middlemiss's letter
There was a potential downside to paving the streets. If the sewerage and draining was not adequate, flooding could occur in periods of heavy rain. Our group found a lengthy complaint to the Health Committee from a Mr Middlemiss of Fawcett Street. Middlemiss seems to have been a builder, engaged in building houses on land at Briery Lane. He writes that, due to the recent paving of Azalea Terrace, his building land has been regularly flooded. He has had to put a temporary drain in himself, but asks that the Corporation improve the drainage in order that he can continue with the building of his houses.
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