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THE PROPOSED NEW BUILDINGS IN LO YE-LANE, CARDIFF. TO THE EDITOR OF THE PRINCIPALITY. SIA.—In the last number of the PRINCIPALITY there appears a letter signed H. H. Parry," alluding in very intemperate language to observations made by me at a recent meeting of the Street Commissioners. My remarks had reference to a plan for erecting a number of small houses, on a piece of ground adjoining Love-lane, leased by me to Mr. Parry, which., if carried into effect, would, I con- sidered, inflict a very serious injury on the town, while it would be a violation of the understanding upon which the lease was granted. The private question at issue can be of little interest to your readers. 1however be allowed to state, that I possess the explicit written testimony of the professional gentleman who prepared the lease, that on the occasion of his reading over the draft to Mr. Parry, for his approval, as also at the time of his executing the same, and upon several other occa- sions. Mr. Parry uniformly expressed his intention of building a single row of bouses on the ground about to.be leased to him. As to the effect of the proposed buildings, on the interests of the community, the subjoined report of the Superintendent of "Police will amply substantiate all that I advanced. I am, sir, your obedient servant, C. VACIIELL. Cardiff, 14th February, 1849. Cardiff, Feb. 5th, 1849. My attention having been called to a piece uf land in the neigh- bourhood of Love-iane, and fronting the Feeder, where it is in- tended to build a number of small houses, I this day applied to Mr. Strawson, the surveyor, and saw a plan for building thirty- five smail houses on the above small piece of land, one end of which reacheil East-terrace at the north, the south end near the railway arch leading to the town. By the above plan it is pro- posed to build a double row of houses, one row to face the Feeder—the east, the other row to front Love-lane—west. The neighbourhood of Love-lane, Stanley-street, and the courts and alleys adjoining are already well Known, and are sufficiently narrow and tfjnfined. If the above plan is carried out, and thirty- fhe mare small honses are added, having only a roadway of eighteen feet wide, I have every reason to believe that the above houses will be immediately taken and inhabited by the same class of persons who are already living in that densely populated neigh- bourhood, which will then become a much greater nuisance and expeise to the town than is already experienced by the number of s naIl houses already built. It will increase the tendency to disease already too rife in Stan- ley-street, b/ the overcrowding of the houses, and will also intro- duce a larger pauper population to the town. Should the present proposed" plan be carried out, I feel certain it will open great, facilities for plunder, as the streets and lanes already narrow will be increasing, and it is reasonable to suppose, from the class of persons living in the neighbourhood,, that the -lit it } reposed new houses will most probably be soon inhabited by persons of the same class, most of whom gain a livelihood by preying on the public. The very plan and situation of the proposed houses will also offer a kind of asylum f.,r plunderers, from the facilities already of', rect for escape, by the place being open to the country by way of New Town: thus giving opportunities of ingress and egress without coming into the streets of the town. With regard to the-health of the houses, I need only call, atten- ti 111 to the present state of Stanley-street, Love-lane, &c„ to the sickness, filth, and depravity already existing there, and to press on the attention of all those whom it may concern, the great in- crease of all the evils enumerated above, by the building a large number of small houses in a small and crowded space, without adequate drainage, .ti)d i-,i a neighbourhood already too much crowded and infested by persons of the lowest class. I should think it most probable that the houses, as soon as built.,Will be taken and converted into b/otliels. (Signed) J. EON STOCKDALE, Superintendent of Police, -11

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