1928: Pass the pong



To the Editor of The Mid-Sussex Times,


Dear Sir,

Cuckfield Sewage Farm


Mr. Neville Chamberlain, the Minister of Health, has recently announced that he is shortly bringing in a Bill to provide for the amalgamation and enlargement of small local areas with the object of spreading the cost of local services over larger areas and thereby reducing the cost to individual ratepayers.


It will certainly be unwise to embark on a large expenditure until the result of this Bill, which I am informed will be promoted this summer, is known.


I gather that the question of taking all the Cuckfield sewage to Haywards Heath was not under discussion at the Inquiry, but only that of the few houses in the neighbourhood of Copyhold Lane, for whose benefit about half the total expenditure is needed.


Surely, at any rate, this part of the scheme should be postponed, and if all the sewage of Cuckfield could, be handled by Haywards Heath was not under discussion at the Inquiry, but that only a few of the houses in the neighbourhood of Copyhold Lane, for whose benefit about half of the total expenditure is needed.


Surely at any rate, this part of the scheme should be postponed, and if all the sewage of Cuckfield could be handled by Haywards Heath it would enable Cuckfield to expand for residential purposes in neighbourhood of the present sewage farm. which always deters people, from building in its vicinity.


Yours faithfully,


RATEPAYER.


Cuckfield


From: Mid Sussex Times, 29 May 1928


Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, digester eggs at Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. This was the most interesting picture I could find to illustrate a tricky subject! I also toyed with the idea of a headline that read 'Should Hayward's Heath handle our sewage' but fortunately stopped myself in time.


Contributed by Malcolm Davison.




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