18 NOVEMBER 1865, Page 2

The infamous condition of London streets has at last attracted

the attention of Sir George Grey, and he has requested the Board of Works to report on the propriety of transferring the paving, lighting, and cleansing of the metropolis from the vestries to them- selves. The vestries are of course exceedingly angry, those public works involving heavy contracts, and the St. Pancras Vestry has resolved to form a league with other vestries for their common defence. They had much better have made the Euston road pass- able. The traffic of London is too important now to be trusted to vestries which leave the streets covered with a slime upon which neither horses nor men can walk, break up important thorough- fares at discretion, pave roads with angular bits of granite to be beaten down by valuable horses, and light many quarters as badly as the oil contractors used to do.