By John Sheail
Environmental historical past has grown apace considering that 1970. The booklet breaks new flooring in illustrating how the most urgent issues got here to be famous, and a reaction made. Policymaking is reviewed in the wider context of a becoming expertise at the a part of executive and enterprise of the position of environmental concerns in wealth construction and social well being.
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As the Lincolnshire Standard of 29 November 1930 remarked, they had no other merit than that visitors could be induced to pay good rents for them during the holiday season. Although a further set of squatters established a possessory title each year, there was no public body with the powers to regulate such an anarchical situation. The small staff of the Spilsby Rural District Council had difficulty enough in keeping the increasing number of caravans, bus bodies, shacks and tents under surveillance.
Instead, a two-staged procedure was proposed, whereby the County Council would first assume control over 38 An Environmental History of Britain development and, at a later date, decide what limited parts of the dunes to acquire, if necessary by compulsion. Not only would there be greater flexibility in responding to the uncertain development of the holiday-making industry, but there would be no commitment to large-scale expenditure. All future costs in regulating or purchasing the hills would be discretionary – a vital factor in winning the support of members of the County Council and Government departments at a time when the nation was in the throes of a financial crisis (House of Lords Record Office, Minutes of Evidence of Select Committee of Houses of Commons and Lords, Lindsey County Council (Sandhills) Bill, 1931–32 Session).
The greater the progress made in that direction, the more pressing became the need to find ways of mitigating the polluting effect on local watercourses (Sheail 1996). The solution, as many urban authorities came to acknowledge, was to construct a series of lowlevel, large capacity, sewers, that followed the line of the local river and thence conveyed the intercepted flows to a common outlet, and perhaps treatment works, on the river bank. Such a scheme for Manchester was approved by the Local Government Board in 1889.