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[To the Editob " Guardian."]

Sir,: —In an issue of the "Guardian last week, a correspondent wrote asking -the Borough Council to build some workmen's houses. Tlie Town Clerk replied suggesting that the writer should apply for a -Glasgow l-d^e of a Borough reserve, and then apply to the Government for a loan to build a house. This, Sir, is certainly an answer, but a very weak arid unsatisfactory one. The Council has the power to borrow money to build houses, and can do so to better advantage than private individuals. In face of the acute position ; that has arisen with regard to getting suitable dwellings to rent, which difficulty is likely to continue' for some time to come;, I would suggest to the Council that they earnestly consider this matter. Suppose they borrowed, say, £5000, and built eight houses, of 5 to 8 rooms each, up-to- ! date, with all conveniences. They would let like hot cakes. A rental of 8 per cent, on the outlay would mn.k« them reasonable, and ensure a good class of tenant. Probably the Council : would pet buyers for some of the houses in course of time, and if ; the experiment succeeded they couM' build more. Tin's scheme would help to meet a. very pressing need, add to the permanent value of the Borough, and make vacant sections revenue-produc-ing; proposition's. If the houses were built of reinforced concrete they would find the cost cheaper by about 25 per cent., than either wood or brick, more durable, and the upkeep much less. If the Council has the foresight and enterprise of an ant, it will consider this important matter, and see what can be done. , .;.■ PROGRESS.

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HOUSING PROBLEM., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919

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HOUSING PROBLEM. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919

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