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Sanitary inspectors to investigate Scientology premises

Title: Sanitary inspectors to investigate Scientology premises
Date: Friday, 2 August 1968
Publisher: The Scotsman (UK)
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Sanitary inspectors are to carry out an investigation into the conditions in which, it is alleged, members of the Scientology cult are living in their office headquarters — a converted warehouse — in the centre of Edinburgh.

Councillor Rupert Speyer has asked the city's sanitary department to find out if members of the Scientology staff who study a religious philosophy, are sleeping in their offices at North-east Thistle Street Lane.

He also wants to know how many toilets there are for the 100-strong staff and if planning permission has been given for the warehouse to be used as office accommodation.

Mr Speyer said yesterday: "I expect a report from the chief sanitory inspector within the next few days. I understand that members of the staff are charged £2 10s a week for living in the offices although there are, I believe, no beds or bathrooms."


A neighbour of the Scientologists, Mrs Isobel Graham, 17 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, will be visiting the public health authorities today.

"Since the Scientologists moved in as our neighbours some months ago, I have hardly had a wink of sleep," said Mrs Graham.

"The building is as silent as the grave during the day, but there is a lot of activity at night. My husband and I have complained to the police about the noise but now I am going to the health authorities to find out what can be done. I can hardly concentrate on my work during the day because I am so tired after being disturbed at night."