chapter  10
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Protection by Statutory Legislation: Wolverhampton

A further distinct means by which towns could gain relief from civil nuisance suits over any sewage pollution would be to go to parliament to gain statutory relief from prosecution. In practice, this possibility provided an uncommon solution for civic authorities and only the single example, at Wolverhampton, can be found for the Victorian period. Why more towns did not pursue this complete and comfortable option remains a puzzle. Perhaps most local authorities believed parliament would be unwilling to allow individual towns special privileges under the law not bestowed on all. But as we shall see, in the case of Wolverhampton, the obtaining of statutory relief from prosecution for nuisance proved timeconsuming, but relatively straightforward.