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IMAESTEG LOCAL BOARD.

INQUIRY AT GLYN-NEATH.

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INQUIRY AT GLYN-NEATH. A local inquiry was on Monday conducted at the National School, Cwmgwrach, by Mr Oliver Henry Jones and Mr Walter Meyrick North, who had been appointed for the purpose by the joint committee of Glamorgan County Council and the Breconshire Connty Council. The inquiry was in reference to proposals which had been made that the parish of Ystradfellte, in the county of Brecon, be removed from the Neath Poor-law Union and Rural Sanitary District, ind attached to the Merthyr Poor-law Union, and that so much of the hamlet of Rhigos as is within the watershed of the river Neath be re- moved from the Merthyr Poor-law Union and Rural Sanitary District and attached to the Neath Poor- law Union and Rural Sanitary District.âMr Abel Thomas, Q.C., M.P., appeared for the Merthyr Union and a number of parishioners; the Marquis of Bute was represented by Mr William Evans, barrister-at-law, London; Mr L. J. Kempthorne appeared for the Neath Highway Board; Mr Edward Powell for the Neath Union and the Neath Rural Sanitary Authority; Mr T Phillips for the hamlet of Rhigos; Mr J. Evans, Aberdare, for the parish of Ystradfellte; and Mr C. Kenshole, Aber- dare, for Aberdare Burial Board.âMr Edward Powell opened the case on behalf of Neath, and pointed out that Neath Union had already been reduced in size by having parishes lopped off.âMr Rees Morgan, relieving officer, said the majority of the inhabitants of Ystradfellte lived within a mile of his house. Neath was the market town.âDavid Newland, school attendance officer, said that from 40 to 50 attended the Upper Neath Board School from the parish of YLtradfellte. The total atten- dance averaged 110. Mr Meredith Davies, guardian, said Neath was much more convenient than Merthyr for the administration of the poor law, the train fare being considerably higher than the latter place.âDavid Vaughan, a former guardian for Ystradfellte, said the inhabitants desired to have their parish (Ystradfellte) included in the Brecon Union, as the rates in the Neath Union were so much heavier. The Brecon rates were about half of the Neath rates. J. Ealdon, manager, Glyn-Neath Powder Mills, said a meeting of parishioners decided that it was desirable that Ystradfellte should be severed from Neath and attached to Brecon Union.âCounty Councillor Edward Vaughan said he called two meetings of county councillors for Ystradfellte. Both meetings agreed in the desire to be removed from Neath to Brecon Union, failing that to Merthyr Union.âCounty Councillor R. H. Rhys, questioned by Mr Abel Thomas, said he thought a division of the parish of Rhigos was undesirable, and he be- lieved the feeling of the parish was alone.âMr Thomas Phillips, solicitor, of Aberdare, the clerk to the Rhigos School Board, opposed the removal of Rhigos.-Mr Isaac Jones, chairman of the Rhigos School Board, said the division of the parish into two districts would involve great expense for pur- poses of education.-Mr D. E. Williams, J.P., said he had been associated with the Merthyr Union for 40 years. He presided at a meeting of Rhigos ratepayers, which strongly protested against the division of the parish.âMr Ware, surveyor and land agent to Lord Bute, said Lord Bute's interest in the watershed of Neath was 2,240 acres. The proposed change would be very disadvantageous to Lord Bute's tenants.âCounty Councillor D. P. Davies, chairman of the Aberdare Burial Board, called by Mr Kenshole, said the Penderyn burial gronnd was being filldd up. If the district were removed, the inhabitants of the transferred district would suffer the great disadvantage of paying double fees, as they would be without the burial board district.â Mr A. S. Gardner, called by Mr Powell said the question of water supply was becoming an in- creasingly important one. He supported the pro- posal, as the district was within the watershed of the river Neath.âOther witnesses were heard, after which the commissioners said they would report their conclusions to the executive of the county council.

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