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Unmade Roads, Benfleet

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1957.

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Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East 12:00 am, 16th April 1957

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if, in view of the large number of unmade roads in the Benfleet urban district and the difficulties of drainage peculiar to that area, he will give sympathetic and early consideration to the authorisation of loan consent in respect of the making up of such roads where deposits have been duly made in accordance with the New Streets Act, 1951, and petitions have been received from the frontagers concerned.

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend believes that the Council can be relied on, while the present need for strict economy continues, to put forward only proposals where work is needed urgently; and accordingly he does not anticipate any difficulty.

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

Do I take it from that reply that the special difficulties of the Benfleet district are recognised by the Ministry, and that in all cases where petitions have been presented by frontagers, deposits paid, and application made in the proper way for loan sanction by the local authority, there will be no delay?

Mr. Bevnis:

Yes, Sir, the special difficulties of the Benfleet Urban District Council are recognised by my right hon. Friend, and I assure him that applications for loan sanction either have been or are in process of being approved.