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I BEDWELLTY URBAN COUNCIL. The ordinary meeting of the members of the Bedwellty Urban Council was held on Tuesday at which there were present Messrs S. Godwin, J.P. (chairman), L. Watkins (vioe-chairman), W. Bufton, J. Bevan, Edgar Davies, J. Tillott, J. Crewe, R. J. Jones, P. Lloyd, T. P. Williams, J. Coleman, with Mr T. J. Thomas (clerk), Mr J. Tyrer (deputy clerk), Mr D. H. Price (surveyor), Mr Richards (collector), Mr F. Hynam (sanitary inspector). HOUSING OF THE WORK IWO CLAssme.-The seal of the Council was affixed to a receipt for X.2,332 being the fourth instalment for the Public Works Loan Commissioners, and making a total of .812,680 advanced in respect to the Housing of the Working Ciassss Act. Councillor Edgar Davies having drawn attention to the fact that the time had elapsed for the completion of the Council's houses at Twynffald, it was decided to convene a special meeting and that the architect (Mr Beddoe Rees) be requested to attend. A CORRECT MINUTB.—Mr R. J. Jones contested the correctness of a minute recording a resolution on the minutes to the effect that better terms be asked from the Rhymney and Aber Gas Co., for the supply of gas, in order to strengthen the Council's hands in fighting those people who wanted to bring the electric light into the dis- trict. Mr R. J. Jones averred that no such resolution had been passed, but that someone out. side had got hold of the minutes of the Council and were being banded about for their own purposes. How could such a resolution have been passed, for they had an application from Aberbargoed to support the electric light for the sake of get- ting competition in the district and then that a council of wise men to pass such an idiotic reso- lution was inconceivable.—The Clerk said that the resolution was passed at the January meeting and was to ask the Rhymney and Aber Gas Oo. to make an extra effort the following month to give a better supply of gas.—The subject then dropped. ISOLATION HOISPITAL.-The Surveyor said that tenders had been invited for the erection of two additional wards to the Isolation Hospital, and recommended that a committee be appointed to deal with them.—It was decided to appoint one member from each ward for the purpose. COLLECTOR'S STATEMENT.—The Collector re- ported that during the last month he had collec- ted .41,300 leaving A194 uncollected. On the Argoed cottages Jill 3s. Od. had been collected in respect of rentals leaving a considerable amount outstanding. Mr W. Bufton: Who are the owners of these housesP-The Clerk: The Bedwellty Urban District Council.—Mr W. Bat. ton I question that myself.—The Clerk: I can show you the deeds.—Mr Bufton said that it was alleged that the contractor had been bowled over before tha signing of the agreement The matter was left in abeyance. PLANs.-The following plans were approved :— House and shop, Gordon.road, Blackwood; house, Cefn-road, Blackwood, for Mr E. Lewis a stable, Hill-street, Blackwood, for Mr Sydney Jones; 12 houses near Markham's Colliery, HoUybush, for the Abernant Building Syndicate; five shops and premises, Tredegar-road, HoUybush, for Mr T. James. Pontllantraith. THE BUI)OBT.-The estimates for the ensuigg half-year were considered and led to very stub- born ward contentions, each member standing up for the ward he represented on the proposall made. There was in particular rivalry between Pengam and Aberbargoed over an amount of 2160 proposed to be spent in Commercial-street, Pengam, Mr L. Watkins and Mr R. J. Jones con. sidered that Pengam had had very much money spent on its needs, whereas Aberbargoed had been neglected. Mr Watkins moved that the 4160 be deleted from Pengam and applied to the acquir- ing of a site opposite the Duffryn Hotel, which at present was an eyesore. Mr R. J. Jones seconded.—Mr Edgar Davies strongly opposed this and to meet the matter suggested the divid- ing of the amount between the two place s. Ulti- mately it was agreed to graat 08100 toward the site at Aberbargoed and :160 for Commercial. street, Pengam. Other items in the estimate were considered, but the final decision on the matter was deferred to a special meeting on Thursday. AN INCREASE.—On the recommendation of the Finance Committee it was decided to increase tke wages of the Council's ilamplighters and also the wages of the Council's ostler. SHOPS HOURS ACT.—Mr Gravenor, the Shops Inspector, reported upon the number of visits he had made during the month to the Council's area. His work, however, was much handicapped in the Sirhowy Valley by reason of the fact that the closing order had not been put in force. He asked the Council that this should be done, and to leave out from the Order Fish, Fruit, and Con- fectionery trades, which were the only trades that had not yet agreed to stipulated hours —Reply- ing to one of the members the Inspector said they could not coerce these people to fix their hours, but the Council could make a Closing Order for 11 o'clock on Saturday nights.— It was decided to make an Order accordingly. ACCBBS ROAD AT ARGOED.—Mr P. L. Lloyd drew attention to the need of making provision in the present Estimates for the access road at Argoed. The Clerk stated that nothing definite had been received from the L. & N. W. Rly. Co. Mr Lloyd and Mr Bufton pressed that the matter should be dealt with as it had oocupied the attention of the Council for so many years. It was finally decided to consider this matter in connection with the Estimates on the following Thursday at the special meeting for that purpose. POTATO EPIDEMIC.—A letter was read from the secretary of the Aberbargoed Allotments Associa- tion complaining of the action of the Board of Agriculture in scheduling the Allotments at Aberbargued as an infected area under the Wart Disease of Potatoes Order, 1914. The letter stated that 85 members of the Association had h'eIi present when it was decided to appeal t" the District Council, to support the Association in c'' jpcting to the said action, as not a plct wu flfiected with the disease. Mr R. J. Jones sfvid that he had been much surprised to learn. that an inspector had been down, and that the object of his coming was to visit the P.D. Allotments, and that on him asking where they were he was direotedito thelcouneills Ällot. ments, Mr Jones said that this condemnation would make the allotments worthless to anyone, as it took away the right of the holder to plant what he liked and to make him plant what the Board of Agriculture liked. Here was one Government Department giving them power to plant and cultivate what they liked, and another department stepping in and saying you must plant the kind of potato we want. The Inspector had not seen any of the potatoes on this particu- lar allotmen4 but because a certain man's holding in Aberbargoed had got this Wart disease the whole had been condemned. He thought it was a matter which the Council should watch in the interest of the allotment holders, for if in planting what they liked after this notice it was found that the disease was present, they were subject to a penalty of 410. The Clerk was instructed to watch their interest,.

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