During October 1926, the building inspector of the Middle Ward district of Lanarkshire reported an increasing tendency on the part of people to use for human habitation, temporary buildings of a somewhat insecure nature!
A large number of railway carriages had been thrown on the auction market, and the inspector was having considerable difficulty in keeping them under observation.
Wooden huts, too, are going up in various places. In some instances the occupants of these shanties were people who got behind with their rent in the county council houses, and the whole idea underlying this movement, the inspector pointed out, appeared to he cheap housing accommodation. Can you imagine living in an old railway carriage?
A case was cited of a man and wife and SEVEN children in disused carriage at Wishaw. It was going on in Blantyre too and at Newarthill. Similar structures had been placed, without permission at Blantyre and Wishaw. In the the case of the Blantyre carriage which suddenly popped up, it was being used as a shop, selling confectionery, and the one in Newarthill being used for manufacture of ice-cream.
The District Committee are took action in these cases to remove them.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017.
Picture is not Blantyre but for illustration only.
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