THE ABATTOIRS SITE.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir, —The report of Monday evening's meeting of the Borough Council bristles with lengthy discussions over matters of minor importance, but a matter affecting the wellbeing and general health of residents Svas despatched practically in silence. I refer to the question of the. proposed site for abattoirs. The . Mayor informed , the meeting that two Borough reserves adjacent to the riverbed were open for utility for such purpose, providing Dr. Finch gave his seal of approval. Sir, I "believe you will agree that in. a matter the health of the community the wishes of ratepayers/ should be consulted prior to even an essential medical report for or against the proposition. I ask ratepayers to consider what would be the state of affairs a decade hence if the proposal be grant- i cd. Every southerly breeze would fill the town with odours, and during the summer .months homes would be infested with genn-oarrying flies, and the raortality-rate boasted of on Monday night, an empty assertion. Then consider the financial side of the question. Property adjacent would, fall considerably; in value, particularly residential. In support of the .foregoing .objections, the. Borough of Riccarton is ",an object lesson. Ten years,ago property near Sockburn was sought after by retired business people of Christchurch; since then-the city abattoirs 1 have been established there, and the consequence is that now a, few minutes' visit to i that suburb would convince anyone of my contention regarding smell, flies, and the notifiable diseases returns, and as affecting property values. I can speak more effectively, having an interest there. These are a few of the clinics? morsels upon which ratepayers will feast in. 'the .."sweet," by-and-by, ii: abattoirs are established Within theBorovgh, and I trust the good sense of the community will prevail in the direction of killing, at once such a monstrous proposition." :
A. J. -TYRRELL-BAXTF.fi
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THE ABATTOIRS SITE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914
THE ABATTOIRS SITE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914
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