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TOWN'S IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION.

THE TOWN COUNCIL.

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THE TOWN COUNCIL. Wednesday, February 1st, 1865. A meeting of the Town Council was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday. Present,âJohn Davies, Esq Mayor, in the chair Aldermen* John Roberts, John Hughes, and Thomas Jones Councillors George Fossett, John Roberts, jun., John Matthews, Richard Jones, John Rees, Philip Williams, J. J. Atwood, and Mr. Parry, Town Clerk. MrAtwood presented a bill amounting to 21Z.4.v,4T?- for pulling down and rebuilding the walls by Capt. Durham's property at the marsh. An order had been made in council that the work should be done. The agreement with the mason was that the work should be done at the current rate of the day. The charges were very moderate, and an allowance was made for the stones in the old wall. The bill was certified by Mr. Lumley who had measured the work. Mr. Parry stated that the consent of all parties concerned, had been gained to carry the accommoda- tion road across the rope-walk by means of a bridge, to be thrown over instead of the present pathway. .Mr. Atwood stated that he was authorized to make an offer on behalf of Mr George Lumley, for the whole of the building ground adjoining the Town Hall, at the rent fixed by the council, viz:â3/. for one house, and 2/. 10s. each for the rest. And also that he would undertake to finish the building of the houses within two years. Mr. Hughes If he is willing to take the ground 3N those terms, by all means, let him have it. Mr Roberts thought that the rent was very reason- able, and much lower than that of other places in the town. The Mayor observed that Mr. Lumley offered the council the rent they had asked for it, and that con- sequently he ought to get it. Mr. Hughes remarked that there was no offer in writing. Mr. Atwood replied that Mr. Lumley had authori- zed him to make the offer. It was then agreed that Mr. Lumley's offer be accepted. THE NEW SEA WALL. Mr. Roberts said that he saw Humphreys yester- day, and he said he was going to get level to help Lumley to stake. Mr. Atwood pointed out that, in Mr. Davis's plan, there was to be a drain in front of the Terrace em- bankment towards the sea. Mr. Hughes thought that the drain would be better IN the back. Mr. Roberts thought there would not be a suffi- cient fall there into the sea. Mr. Atwood thought it was to be run into the sewerage North-parade. If it could be brought up to the level of the Queen's Hotel there would be a sufficient fall. The Mayor was of opinion that all drainage into the sea, ought, if possible, to be avoided. Mr. Atwood agreed with the mayor, unless the drains could be carried northward. Mr. Roberts wished to point out that it was pro- posed to have the new drain in front of the Terrace, whilst the drain of the Queen's Hotel was ip the back. Mr. Parry thought that as the present was a ques- tion of levelling, Mr, Paul ought to be consulted on the subject. Mr. Roberts though that the best way would be to drain it into the sea at the rock, and then it would go on to Borth. The Rev. Mr. Saunders again made application for the purchase of the fee simple of a plot of O-round in Portland-street, on which it was proposed to erect a-I English Congregational chapel, the plans of which he laid on the table. Mr. Atwood remarked that it was a double appli- cation, one for the purchase of the fee simple, and another in case that was refused for a grant of a lease for a long term of years. Mr. Thomas observed that if the buildings pro- posed to be erected were dwelling-houses, he could see that it might be the interest of the board to grant a lease of the ground instead of selling it; but as it was a house of worship which was to be built there, COUM not see how it would benefit the board to let the ground upon a 75 years lease, as possession, at the termination of that period, would in no way benefit them, and would only lead to the granting of a new lease. He should also remark that it was most important to have an answer from the council at once, as the committee of the building society would meet in London next week, and it would be most important to lay the decision of the council be- them; tor, if IT was not then done, it would be six months before there would be an opportunity of doing so again, as the committee met only every halt-year. It would be well too', to be able to show that the fee simple of the ground had been pur- chased instead of a lease being granted, as the com- mittee would look upon it with much more favorable eyes. He really could not see what objection the council could have to sell the ground, as they could not possibly wish for the possession of a place of worship at the expiration of a lease. Mr. Fossett asked who had ever heard of a church or chapel being built on a lease; or who would sup- ply the funds for such a building? Mr. Parry proposed to have the front of the chapel in Newfoundland-street, as a dead wall in that street would much injure the property of the town. It was explained, that according to the plans there was not to be a dead wall there. Mr. Hughes was inclined to let them have the fee simple for the purpose mentioned. Mr. Jones was of the same mind. Mr. Parry: Let us invite this gentleman to give us an offer. Mr. Thomas suggested a figure which was not agreed to. Mr. Hughes thought they ought to have an offer in writing. Mr. Parry: Let us not hurry ourselves about it. Let the matter be adjourned for a fortnight. Mr. Atwood: Let us have an offer now. It was objected that the meeting of the London committee would be lost if the matter were ad- j ourned. Mr. Hughes: You will not lose the London meet- ing. You can say that you had an offer of the fee simple. I Mr. Jones asked what offer of ready money were they prepared to make. It should be considered that, of the present lease, there were 47 years unexpired. In reply to one of the members, Mr. Rees stated that the frontage was 70 feet. Mr. Matthews proposed that certain parties be ap- pointed to meet at Mr. Parry's office, to discuss and settle what would be the value of the ground at pre- sent, and what it would be at the expiration of the lease. Mr. Jones observed that here was a piece of land that did not bring them in a penny; and he thought that if a certatn sum of money were paid down now, it would be best for the town. Mr. Thomas said that if a large sum were de- manded, he should advice them to take a lease of 75 years. Mr. Matthews proposed that the meeting meet again that evening, to receive an offer for the purchase, in order to give the others an opportunity of laying the result before the London committee. Mr. Atwood said that as the London committee would not meet till that day week, he thought the council need not meet till Friday. Mr. Jones proposed that two persons be appointed to meet, one representing either party, to agree upon the proper sum and he further proposed Mr. Matthews on behalf of the council. Mr. Rees was proposed to represent the chapel. The meeting was then adjourned to Friday, at eleven o'clock.

POWELL v. LEWIS.

LEWIS VERSUS POWELL.

JTOCCUANEOUA,

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