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Pembrokeshire SchooSs.

IMilford Haven Sessions.

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Milford and the Train ServiccE

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Milford and the Train ServiccE EEPLY FROM THE RAILWAY COMPANY. NO I I P j 0 V E MEN T POSSIBLE Dr T. P. ii. D Lvies presided at a meeting of the Milford Haven Council on Friday evening, wh?n the other members preseat were :âMr C. T. Biethvii (vice-chair- I man), Col. W. II. Roberts, Messrs J. Reea. George Cole, 1 W. Hire, G S. Keiway, J. Whieher, J. LI, Davies, D. G. Jones, and T. G. Hancock. REPLY FROM THE RAILWAY COMPANY. The Clerk read the following letter from the Railway Couapf-Dy DEAR SIE,â la fulfilment of the promise made in a former communication, I have now to advise you that the I representations contained in th3 Memorial of the Milford Haven Urban District Council, in association with merchants, tradesmen, and inhabItants of the district, j relative to the train service to and from Milford Haveu were fully considered in connection with recent revisions of the time-table, and an opportunity was taken at a recent meeting of the Board to biing the whole subject fuiiy before the Directors. It is understood that the principal item in the Memorial has reference to the I I.:)o am. train from Paddiugton which it is suggested should be started 10 minutes earlier, or accelerated, in order tlut it might be timed to arrive at Johnston at such an hour as would admit of a cou- nection being given with Milford Haven without the detention of some 32 minutes which now takes place. The inconvenience which such a detention must necessarily entail upon passengers is quite fully recognised by the Company, and it would have afforded thPlll satis- faction and pleasure if it had been found practicable to re-arrange the timing of the train in question in such a manner as to avoid it, but as will be at once understood the traia is an important one serving as it does the prin- cipal places on the main line in South Wales with con- nections at a number of stations. To start the train earlier would, even if it were practicable from a working point of view, necessarily entail the retiming of the various trains making connections, and, without wishing in any way to underrate the inconvenience now experienced by reason or the detention at Johnston, there would appear to he no doubt at ail that the amount of incon- venience which would result at other points and in other directions by tiie alteration which is suggested by the Memorial would be far greater than any at present entiiled upon the Milford Haven passengers. The deten- tion they suffer is of course due to the necessity for mak- ing a connection with an up train, and to the exigencies of single line working, and it is regretted that the most that can ba said is that the matter shall be kept very prominently before the Ofiicers of the Company with a view to advantage being taken in connection with future revisions of the time-table of any opportunity that may present itself of lessening the margin in question. As regards the desire expressed that a train may be put on from Haverfordwest to Neyland at about 1.0 p.m., it may be pointed out tInt such a service has been provided in the summer months by the 12.20 p.m. train from Whitland. Moreover, euquiry has been made with the view of seeing whether the extent to which this train is actually patronised when it does run is of such a character as to jiistify compliance with the desire expressed, but it is regretted that the numbers ordinarily using the train during the summer months is so small as not to cover the working expenses, and it is quite impossible for the Com- pany to contemplate the continuance of the running of the train throughout the year, seeing that the demand for the train during the busiest season is so limited. With regard to the remaining requests of the Memorial to the dIed that the service provided on three nights a week in connection with the 9.40 p.m. traiu from Ncj land to Clynderwen and the 10,4.3 p.m. train from Clynderwen to Neyland should be afforded nightly, and that the branch train should return from Johnston to Milford Haven after the arrival of the up train and run up again to Johnston to meet the 10. lo p.m. train from Clynderwen, I luve to say that the use which is made of these two trains on the nights upon which they do run is not by any means encouraging, and does not tend to support the representations of the Memorial as to the existence of any substantial demand or requirement for this increased service. Reference is also made in the Memorial to the waiting room accommodation at Johnston, but it is felt that the present structure is such as to meet all reasonable requirements. the C;)M k)al,nv a, '? to so It is tho ùeire of the Company at all :imes to so arrange the train service as to meet, to the fullest extent possible the convenience and accommodation of the travelling public, but it is hoped that it will he under- stood by the Milford Haven Urban District Council and the other representative bodies and individuals who have supported the memorial now under reply that the traiu service must be arranged with due regard to ordinary commercial considerations, aud that while the Company do not hesitata to grant improved facilities where there is a reasonable probability of such use being mode of them as to justify their provision, and they can, therefore, be given on the basis of ordinary business principles, they are unable, with every desire to go as far as they can in the direction of meeting the public wishes and repre- sentative requests, to enlarge train service facilities in directions in which the facilities already afforded are oniy taken advantage of to a limited extent. While it is noted in the memorial that the hope is expressed that the petition will not be refused on the ground of the limited number of passengers already using existing services it has to be pointed out that as a. Railway Company is primarily a business undertaking the extent of the traffic requiring to be accommodated must always be the principal factor in determining the character and extent of train service facilities. Yours faithfully. JA:lÅS C. IXOLIS. The Chairman said that letter was a proof of incapacity at headquarters, considering the amount ot money which the Railway Company had sunk, were sinking, and would still sink at Fishguard. Col. Roberts moved that the letter be referred to the sub-committee appointed to deal with this question and that the committee have power to act. This was accepted, and Mr Kelway said that as the Railway Company considered that Milford people might be put to any inconvenience, he suggested that the committee should consider the possibility of running a motor service between Haverfordwest, Milford, and Neyland, with a view to dispensing with the local passenger service of the G. W.R. The Chairman intimated that that matter would be considered. ENLARGING THE BOUNDARIES. Dr Griffith wired from Cardiff asking that his motion in favour of entargu? the boundaries of the urban district should be postponed until the next meeting. The ?9 and water works committee reported that they had elected Mr C. T. Blethyn as their chairman for the ensuing year. Tho committee reported having received the following tenders for the plastering of the inside of exhauster house James Thomas, 11C, 10s S. A. Scott, 12s Phelps it Owenp, £ 11 3s F. B. Thomas, tll 10s; Lloyd & Co., £ S. Recommended that Messrs Lloyd & Co.'s tender be accepted. It was reported that the committee had given their consent to the Cannon Iron Foundries, Ltd., holding a gas cooking stove exhibition during the month of June. Mr J. Hem. asked to what extent, if any, bad tho water fallen at the catch reservoir since they last met. Mr Calderwood (gas managor) About five or six inches. ABSENT MINTED WORKMAN. I I INCONVENIENCE AT HAKIN. I Mr Kelway enquired why the water at Hakin was cut off from noon on the previous Saturday until the Sunday afternoon. In consequence of the water being thus cut or without notice the inhabitants of Hakin sutferp-d great inconvenience and were under the necessity of carrying j water from every avail-able well. The Chairman said the reason was that one of the council's workmen went to do certain repairs at a house, and although he was instructed by Mr Calderwood to onlv reduce the pressure the water was entirely cut off and the workman went away and forgot all about it. On the Sunday Mr John Rees met him on the Victoria Bridge and told him that the water was off at Hakin. He at once went and saw Mr Calderwood who rushed off from his dinner and attended to the matter. Mr Kelway thought steps ought to be taken to prevent such a thing as that occurring, For water to be cut off for so many hours without the Council's officials findin" it out was too much. The Chairman: Undoubtedly. But several Hakin councillors passed the manager's house on the way to church, aud they should have mentioned the matter to him. Mr J. Reea objected to this reference to the Hakiu councillors," and declared that the Hakin councillors were of tho opinion that something was being done that necessitated the water being cut off. "When he met the Chairman he impressed on him the impoitance of seeing Mr Calderwood. Mr Whicher asked i i the committee had taken into consideration the provision of another holder at the gas works, as the present holder was barely adequate. He also referred to the question of extra filtering at the water works, and said that these two questions had been before the council at recent meetings, and it was very desirable that they should be considered at an early date inasmuch as the present was a very convenient time to do the work. Mr Blethyn replied that the question of the gas holder would be attended to at the next meeting, but the filter bed matter had not been brought forward for con- sideration. Mr Keiway again referred to the cutting off of the water at Hakin, and pointed out that the council had passed a resolution instructing tho gas and water manager never to have the water cut off without notice having previously been given to the pubiie. Mr Calderwood replied that his instructions were that the water was not to be cut off to execute these repairs. But instead of reducing the pressure it was cut (Iff altogether which the workman had no right to do. He never gave instructions for the water to be cut off without notice being given. The matter then dropped, and the gas aud water com- mittee's report was adopted. SANITARY MATTERS. The sanitary committee reported that they had elected Mr Thomas G. Hancock as their chairman for the ensuing yiar. Recommended that a new dust biu for Hakin be purchased, and that the sanitary arrangements shown on the following plans, be approved House proposed to be built by Messrs Phelps & Owens in Wellington Road, alterations to Milford Police Station, alterations to house number ,1;), St. Anne's Road. The report W:¡f' edopied. RECREATION GROUND NEEDED. The Highways, Lightiug and Public linprovements Committee reported that they bad elected Col. Roberts as their Chairman for the ensuing year. Recommended that tenders be invited for the third section of the Hamilton Terrace Improvement, being the completion of that work. Mr Hancock enquiied if anything had been done to provide a recreation ground for Milford, as the matter was the talk of the town. Col. Roberts Nothing definite has been done. Mr Hire s,lid the ouly answer to be given were the replies which had b-ou received from the owners of pro- perty. AH the owners approached had said that they had no land aniiable, fwd what the couucii could do further he did not know. If the Council thought something cou!d be done they could instruct the committee accordingly. Mr Cole Possibly the replies from the landowners will be different now that this budget has been introduced. (Laughtei). If anything could be done he certainly thought that the highway committee should take the matter up, because at the present time there was not an inch of ground on which the children could play, with the result that they resorted to the streets. This was a question which should he taken up at once. Col Roberts It shall be attended to at our next meet- ing. Mr Hire: I should like to ask Mr Cole what can be done if the landowners will not let us have land ? It is a to be iu. According to the Tele- giaph" of three weeks or a month ago the Estate Company have let a portion of land, but in reply to our communication they said they had no land to let. Mr Hancock They might, have made the offer to us. Mr Kelway Mr Cole has been on the highways com- mittee during the last 12 months and he never suggested a way cut of the difficulty. The report was adopted. HEALTHY MILFORD. LOW DEATH RATE. GROWING BIRTH RATE. Dr. W. S. Griffith, medical officer of health, read his report for the past year. He said tl- at the death rate was 12-3 per thousand of the population as compared with 10-7 last year, and 18 8 in 1890. Last year's was the lowest during the last ten years. The births numbered 235, equal to a birth rate of 3(; per thousand. In 1898 the births registered were 159, and last year 209, so that the figures this year showed an enormous increase. No death W:1S caused by small pox, measles, or scarlet fever, but 30 deaths were of children under one year of age. Dr. Griffith added that 23 houses had been built during the past year, four new streets having been opened out for building purposes. The Chairman remarked that the report reflected great credit on the M.O.H. and ou the Inspector. He alluded to the fact that 363 notices bad been served during the year, which meant about double that number of calls, The death rate at Milford, he concluded, compared very favourably with that of any town of its size in England; or Wales. A CONFERENCE. The Council were invited to send representatives to a now Welsh urban district council association at Llan- drindod Wells on Whit Monday. Col. Roberts failed to see what was to be gained from the formation of these associations. Every District Council should stand on its own, and conduct its own business in its own way. No action was taken in the matter.

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