Reference HO 207/1092
Title REGIONS OUTSIDE LONDON (HEADQUARTERS' FILES): Region No 12 (South Eastern): Brighton: public shelters and use of Kemp Town tunnel as shelter in event of invasion. Report of visit by the Minister and deputation to him
Former Department Reference BRI/21/3
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Invasion contingencies, Air raid shelters, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence
Document Types Official Correspondence, Memoranda, Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 12: South Eastern (Tunbridge Wells HQ)
Locations Brighton
Organisations Local Councils
Article(s) from The Star © Evening Standard.


A file of documents relating to additional air-raid shelter provisions in Brighton due to the risk of invasion, including the Kemp Town tunnel scheme. Subjects discussed in the file include an inspection of invasion contingencies; the need to warn the population in the event of invasion; a proposal to survey the shelter provisions needed; the types of shelters available, including trench and Anderson shelters; meetings of the Emergency Committee; the population density of vulnerable areas; and the progress of shelter construction. Other subjects covered include issues that have arisen in the scheme to protect the population; proposals to evacuate the city's population; the local authority's negotiations with Southern Railway for the use of tunnels; the cost and supply of labour and materials for shelter construction; and the provision of tunnel shelter amenities, including lighting, ventilation, sanitary facilities, first aid, bunks, electricity, and flooring. Documents in the file include lists of nodal points by command region.


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