January 1946 ... The tenants of Belle Isle, who live in the prefabricated houses are bearing the cold weather with fortitude.
Recent Arctic conditions have put the new houses to the test. From inquires today it seems that house holders have been having their work cut out to fend off the cold. How they compare to the rest of the population is difficult to say.
Mrs. Howard, who came to the door with arms tightly folded and face blue with cold, said she had been working in the scullery, where it was freezing. "It's not so bad in the living room where the fire is" she said "but it is hard to keep the other rooms warm. We need a fire in every room."
Mrs. Crone, a tenant for five weeks, said the great drawback was the cold bedrooms. A big fire in the living room made things bearable, but she thought most of the heat went up the chimney.
Mrs. Goldthorpe, whose house is in a more exposed position than some, found it difficult to any but the living room warm. Another woman said they managed to keep fairly warm with one big fire.
None of the women regretted moving into the prefabricated houses. They were better than their previous homes.