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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 15

City Council of Dunedin. Report from the City surveyor as to proposed permanent levels for the streets of the city. May 4th, 1880

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City Council of Dunedin.

Report from the City Surveyor

Printed at the Evening Star Office Dunedin Bond Street.

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City Council Chambers,

To His Worship the Mayor and

Members of the City Council.

Gentlemen—I have laid on the table the Plans and Sections shewing the proposed Permanent Levels for the City, and which are now submitted for your consideration.

In preparing these plans and fixing the gradients I have had in view not only the necessities of the present day, but also the future requirements and probable demands of the City when it shall include a large and wealthy population; consequently, the alterations shewn are to be judged not wholly by our present means or necessities, but as providing for all reasonable suggestions that might be advanced in the future.

It is not requisite that these works should be executed at once, but when you have finally adopted or modified these plans they remain on record as an evidence of your intentions, to be carried out as you may from time to time determine.

My object has been to exhibit all the reasonable improvements that are apparent, or that might be suggested, leaving them open for full discussion and final settlement. It may be that questions as to compensation, or other circumstances or views, may lead page 4 you either to alter the proposed gradients or maintain the present levels; and with this possibility before me I have marked in pencil such changes as I have considered open to question.

Where streets are unaltered the present gradients are permanently marked, and remain on record as finally adopted.

The alterations may be divided into three classes consequent upon the present condition of the various streets, whether (1st) kerbed and channelled, (2nd) formed only, (3rd) unformed with the exception of dray tracks.

Schedules are attached herewith exhibiting the above classifications.

In addition to the longitudinal sections; there are also-seven' plans which together form a map of the City, and on which the various heights arid gradients will be marked when they have been finally passed, in order to furnish a comprehensive view of the alternations in the street levels.

From an inspection of the new gradients it will be seen that I have taken eight feet per chain (or the gradient of Pitt street) as the limit for a really practicable ascending grade, and sixteen feet per chain (or the present gradient of View street) as the limit for a descending grade. In some cases this latter cannot be obtained, even with excessive cuttings, and such streets must either be classed as impracticable or made passable by the closing of others for dray traffic.

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This is specially to be observed at the junction of Duncan street, Clarke street, and Canongate, and where, unless Clarke street be so closed, it is not possible to make the intersections out to the full street width.

The junctions of Elm row and Canongate with Rattray street are also very bad, and no reasonable cutting will afford a good access from that quarter.

To make a selection between the various methods available for settling these and other questions presents many difficulties, but I have shewn one or two alternatives in these cases.

In conclusion, I can only add that the whole subject has received my closest attention, and with the advantage of the experience gained in dealing with the peculiar problems our City presents.

I am, &c.,

S. H. Mirams,

City Surveyor.
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Schedule No. 1.

Shewing Streets at Present Kerbed and Channelled and That are Proposed to Be Altered.
Sheet No. 8 Lambeth road at West end.
Sheet No. 13 High street from Melville to William street.
Sheet No. 17 View street.
Sheet No. 18 Brown street from Duncan street to Elm row.
Sheet No. 26 Cumberland street from Union to Dundas street.
Sheet No. 30 London street from Scotland to Albert street.
Sheet No. 30 London street from George to Filleul street.
Sheet No. 32 Albert street from Cargill street to York place.
Sheet No. 33 Hanover street from George to Filleul street.
Sheet No. 36 St. David street from King to Castle street.

Schedule No. 2.

Shewing Streets Formed but Unkerbed and Proposed to be Altered.

Sheet No. 1 Princes street south of Melville street.
Sheet No. 3 Jones street from Princes to Lees street.
Sheet No. 7 Maitland street from Princes street to Steep street.
Sheet No. 9 Graham street.
Sheet No. 9 Grant street.
Sheet No. 9 William street.
Sheet No. 9 Alva street from High street to Serpentine avenue.
Sheet No. 12 Leith road, between Leith street and Dundas street
Sheet No. 14 Maclaggan street from Hill to Maitland street.
Sheet No. 16 Young street.
Sheet No. 18 Brown street from Elm row to Rattray street.
Sheet No. 18 Elm row from Arthur street to Bishop's road.
Sheet No. 19 Rattray street from Castle street to Harbour.
Sheet No. 20 Dowling street from Smith to Princes street.
Sheet No. 24 George street from Duke street to Water of Leith.
Sheet No. 35 Union street from Castle street to Leith street, and from Forth street to Harbour terrace.
Sheet No. 35 Eden street from Union to St. David street.
Sheet No. 37 Dundas street from Leith street to Harbour terrace.
Sheet No. 39 Heriot row from London to Pitt street.
Sheet No. 40 Constitution street.
Sheet No. 40 Argyle street.
Sheet No. 41 Queen street from Park street to Forth place.
Sheet No. 41 Queen street from Duke street to Water of Leith.
Sheet No. 42 Regent road from George street to Queen street.
Sheet No. 45 Leith street from Albany street to St. David street.
Sheet No. 46 Clyde street from Union to St. David street.
Sheet No. 47 Forth street from Albany to Union street.
Sheet No. 48 Harbour terrace from water of Leith to Junction of Eden street,
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Schedule No. 3.

Shewing Streets Unformed, With the Exception of Deay Tracks.

Sheet No. 2 Ann street.
Sheet No. 2 Bath street (South end).
Sheet No. 3 Jones street from Lees to Maitland street.
Sheet No. 3 Hutt street (impracticable)
Sheet No. 7 Maitland street between High street and Serpentine avenue.
Sheet No. 9 Alva street from Stafford to High street.
Sheet No. 13 High street from William street to Town Belt.
Sheet No. 15 Canongate from Bell Tower to Rattray street, and from Rattray street to Brown street.
Sheet No. 15 Clark street from Maclaggan street to Canongate.
Sheet No. 16 Adam street.
Sheet No. 17 Duncan street from York place to Town Belt.
Sheet No. 18 Elm row from Bishop's road to Rattray street, also from Arthur street to York place.
Sheet No. 22 Arthur street from Maori road to Serpentine avenue (impracticable).
Sheet No. 28 York place from Russell street to Town Belt.
Sheet No. 30 London street from Filleul street to Scotland street.
Sheet No. 34 Albany street from George to Queen street.
Sheet No. 36 St. David street from Castle street to Forth place.
Sheet No. 37 Dundas street from Harbour terrace to the Harbour.
Sheet No. 38 Duke street from Cumberland street to Castle street
Sheet No. 40 Elder street.
Sheet No. 41 Queen street from Forth place to Duke street.
Sheet No. 42 Regent road from Queen street to Town Belt.
Sheet No. 42 Forth place from Queen street to Regent road.
Sheet No. 43 St. Abb's place (impracticable).
Sheet No. 43 Town Belt access roads.
Sheet No. 48 Harbour terrace from Dundas street to Town Belt.

Printed at the Evening Star General Job Printing Establishment, Bond Street, Dunedin.