Great Britain as a whole is a densely populated country; but like all countries it contains areas of very sparse population. Substantially more than half the people of Britain — probably not far short of two-thirds — live in largish towns of 50,000 or more inhabitants or in the suburbs of such towns. Each of […]
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The national housing situation had reached crisis proportions, Mr Richard Burman, prospective candidate for Leek, said. Fewer new properties were being built than at any time since the war and the shortage of houses for rent was equalled only by the shortage of money for purchase.
Black people are offered the oldest and the worst council homes in London, while whites get favourable’treatment for their housing applications. This indictment comes from a Greater London Council housing management committee report out yesterday. Recommending that a monitoring service to be set up to check that blacks get treated fairly, the report states that there […]
(abridged) House prices have produced their most positive upward movement over the past few months since May 1973, according to a survey of England and Wales by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in conjunction with the Department of the Environment.
(abridged) The number of new houses on which building work started in April was at its lowest level, on a seasonally adjusted basis, since the third quarter of last year, according to provisional Government figures issued yesterday. The drop is mainly in the public sector, where from February to April starts were 14 per cent […]
Criminal offences rose 7 per cent last year: according to Home Office figures published yesterday. Robbery was up 30 per cent, criminal damage rose 17 per cent and violence against the person increased 11 per cent. Burglary was 8 per cent up and there were 5 per cent more cases of fraud and forgery. Police […]
(abridged) The Planner’s Retreat would be an apt name for the new public house which is to be built on a vacant plot of ground in Leicester’s Highfields district. Highfields, probably the city’s largest working- class conurbation is not noted for its open spaces.
If visitors from abroad think Britain is in a sorry state, it may have something to do with the fact that the first place most of them go is London’s West End. Over the years pockets of the most famous area of this great city have been allowed to decay. The fact that similar metamorphoses have […]
In physical size and resident population, the City is the smallest city in the United Kingdom, if not in the world. Popularly referred to as “the Square Mile”, it has a total area of 677 acres in the heart of the vast metropolis of London, and a night population of 5,180. But by day it […]
London is a city which was never planned. It has accumulated. For this reason, and also because its development was chiefly guided by mercantile considerations, London is no longer, at first sight,overtly beautiful. Haphazard and shapeless, it offers few fine vtetas and has no kind of symmetry. Its component boroughs seem self-contained and unrelated to […]