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Building progress and Gas V Coal March 1937

Discussion in 'Building of Gwavas Estate 1936' started by Halfhidden, Feb 16, 2016.

By Halfhidden on Feb 16, 2016 at 9:33 PM
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    The Housing Committee's report stated that the borough surveyor reported on the progress of work at the Gwavas Estate, which was considered satisfactory. Coun. Jones asked if the contractor was observing the rate of wages and hours set out in the fair wages clause. Ald. Trenwith (chairman of the committee) replied that the information at the last committee meeting was that this was being strictly observed. He thought they could rest assured that the surveyor's department and the clerk of the works were fully alive to the observance of all wage conditions. Coun. Jones was not quite satisfied with the answer because he had been informed that masons labourers were being paid at the rate of Is. per hour. He would like to remind the chairman of the committee that the appropriate rate for mason’s labourers in the Penzance district was 1s. 0 1/2d. per hour. He hoped this would be investigated. Ald. Trenwith said that at the next committee meeting the officers would be questioned on it and he had no doubt that they would make enquiries and see that this was strictly observed.
    The Housing Committee reported that they had received a petition signed by 124 potential residents of the Gwavas Estate protesting against the Council's decision to install gas cookers and open grates instead of the Cornish cooking range, and the contents thereof were duly noted. Ald. Trenwith remarked that unfortunately they could not say whether the 124 petitioners lived within the prescribed area that might be condemned or not. They were installing gas cookers and open grates for the convenience and comfort of those who would have to live in the houses. It would be more economical for the inhabitants. Coun. Vere and Coun. Jones thought the petition should have received more consideration. They considered the Cornish slab was more economical. The Mayor said the contracts were all signed and sealed. Coun. Trezise stated he had found the gas cooker and open grate more economical and had had a Cornish slab taken out of his house. He thought that in the end the people who would go into the houses would be very satisfied with the arrangements.


Discussion in 'Building of Gwavas Estate 1936' started by Halfhidden, Feb 16, 2016.

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