THE MAGISTRATES AND THEI COMMISSIONERS.I -I|1888-03-31|Rhyl Record and Advertiser - Welsh Newspapers Online
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THE MAGISTRATES AND THE COMMISSIONERS. The Rhyl Magistrates have again postponed their decision in the matter of granting a theatrical license for the Town Hall; and further, they have clearly intimated that the license will not be granted at all except on certain conditions. The safety of human Lfe is undoubtedly a matter of paramount im- portance but even experts differ greatly in their opinions as to what may reasonably be regarded as sufficient precautionary means to be adopted to ensure it. Hence it is that we fail to see on what ground the justices can reasonably expect the Commissioners to adopt their view of what should be done in the Town Hall, when that view is directly op- posed to the opinion of a practical man like the Town Surveyor. And, most assuredly, the Magistrates' Clerk was not justified—simply because Mr HUGBES defended the course he recommended as the less costly to the rate- payers, and believing it at the same time to be quite ample to meet the requirements of the case—in insinuating that he (the Survey- or) disregarded the value of human life. By the way, we do not think that Mr GEORGE had any right to interfere in the matter at all-the application was made to the justices, and he is certainly not a justice; though he has been taken (by strangers) once or twice to be chairman of the Bench. So far as we can judge from the report his opinion was not even asked for on! any point of law. We do not for an instant suppose that the magistrates have any wish to harass the Commissioners in the matter; but we do think that they ought to pay some little heed to the opinion of the Town Clerk and the Town Survej or. To us, looking at all the conditions of the case—knowing that theatrical performances are of seldom occurrence in the hall; that they chiefly take place at a time of year when but little gas is required; and that hardly ever are they witnessed by audiences which overcrowd the building; and especially when we remember that other buildings in the town, which have not the safeguards attached to the Town Hall, have already been li- censed it does seem that the extraordinary precautions demanded by the Magistrates is an unnecessarily heavy infliction upon the al. ready heavily-burdened ratepayers. As far as the revenue received from the theatrical license is concerned, we do not think it is worth the while of the Commissioners to fight the matter; but as a convenience to the visitors who come to our town during the season, a little importance, is attached to it. Not on account of economy only, but on account of efficiency as well, we think the additional precautions suggested by the Town Surveyor ought to be adopted by the Magis- trates. No difference in the size of the pipes would be a security against r a panic, should occasion occur; and even in case of a fire we fear the size of pipes demanded would prove unwieldy, and more of a hindrance than other- wise. Then as to the keeping of tho front entrance doors open, our experience is that they always have been kept so, and the hall- keeper is always on the spot to see that all the exits are kept clear in case of emergency. The conditions applicable to large and crow- ded theatres are not applicable to a building like the Rhyl Town Hall; and we cannot help thinking that the justices-with the best motives, no doubt-are too exacting in their demands. We hope no further delay will take place itf granting the licbnee.

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