1848 Enforcing Early By-Laws in Sunderland
The early adoption of bye-laws in Sunderland show an attempt to take advantage of a new legislative framework to tackle public health problems.
However the group also found evidence to suggest that they were not being implemented. On 17 January 1848 a meeting of the Committee of the Sunderland Sanitary Association was held to consider what could be to improve the situation in Sunderland. They decided to form a deputation ‘to wait upon the Corporation and Commissioners to urge the necessity of their enforcing the Bye-Laws and powers with which they are invested for the removal of Public Nuisances.'