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PEXAIILH LOCAL BOAED ELECTION. INTERVIEWS WITH CANDIDATES. Our Penarth representative has waited on the candidates for the Local Board to ascertain their views on some of the questions which exercise the minds of the ratepayers. MP. DATID MOEGAX (CHAIRMAN). The STAK" representative liivt sought an inter- view with Mr. Morgan, the retiring chairman of the board. who seeks re-election. Our representa- tive introduced himself to the chairman, and asked what were the gentleman's views in refer- ence to the election. Oh." was the reply, with a genial touch of the Welsh accent. •• I believe the, old members are sate enough, and will be returned. They have done yeoman service to the town. and the rate- payers will not be slow to shew their appreciation. The other two gentlemen will. undoubtedly, show a bold front, but they will not be able to secure a seat." •• That may be so." said our reporter with a smile. but will not this cry of spending the rate- payer's money in Cardiff make the old members unpopular." Oh. dear no. The committee did the same with the ratepayers' money as they would have done with their own. They could not obtain the things they required at Penarth. so naturally went to Cardiff. I am in favour of spending all the money in Penarth. provided we can get the goods at the same price as at Cardiff." •• Do you contemplate making any improvements in the town, Mr. Morgan '• We have no need to: the old board has carved out all necessary schemes for improving the town at present.' Penarth is one of the healthiest places in the kingdom its sanitary condition is almost perfect, and the death-rate is very low indeed." Will you take any steps towards erecting a pier was the next question. That will soon fall into the hands of the ground landlord, and he will undoubtedly do something in the matter." What about che adoption of the Free Libraries' Act Would you support or oppose it," asked the inquisitive N:nr man. •• I would support ie. A rate of about a half- penny in the £ would, in my opinion, be sufficient to maintain it. Then. I am in favour of having a large public hall. and. if I am not mistaken, this matter will soon be taken up by a private company." •• Would it not be possible to establish an inter- mediate school in the town. Mr. Morgan I think so. Personally I would support its establishment. and I think the board generally would do the same. Lord Windsor has offered as much land as would be required, and I don't see why we should not take steps in that direction." •• What is your opinion of the question of Feder- ated Local Boards.' •• As you know, we are at present seriously handi- capped. and we can do hardly anything without the usual red-tapeism of the Local Government Board. Establish District Councils. I say. and strengthen the hands of Local Boards. But bear in mind that I am not fighting this battle on political grounds-" Observing that the retiring chairman was warm- ing to the subject, c a/ese:itatve asked his opinion on further private improvements, and Mr. Morgan remarked :— I am sure Lord Windsor, who has a strong ob- jection to dirty roads, will support us in having nice roads and better walks in Lhe district. Then the scavenging question. I am heartily glad that the Barry Board has taken the step they have in this matter." If I remember rightly. Mr. Morgan, you ad- vocated some scheme regarding the scavenging system a week or two ago •• Yes." was the reply. The board agreed to my proposition to convey the scavenging deposits to the quarries which could be divided into allot- ments. This would mean a saving of t: 200 to the ratepayers." The next victim of our reporter's aggressive anxiety for the public welfare was ME. W. B. SHEPHERD Who has been a member for six years, and has reluctantly consented to stand again at the urgent witdi of his many friends. Mr. Shepherd is known to be a Liberal, anu as such welcomes the appear- ance of the Shu-. The election will not. however, be fought on party lines. Don't you think, Mr. Shepherd." asked Tit" Star man. "that public money should be spent in Penarth. and not in Cardiff Certainly, if possible. But there are cases were it would be unwise to do so. For instance. Clee Hill stone is far better than our local stone. I also thoroughly endorse the action of the board in the matter of getting office furniture from a Cardiff firm, though I wasn't present when the board determined to do so. We couldn't get it at Penarth. and the cry is simply an old election dodge." What is your opinon of the proposed Federa- tion of Local Boards "I fully approve of that principle." v. v, th? reply. "District councils should be f which each Local Board should have one or two representatives. Then there are the Licensing Laws." suggested our representative, I- have you thought of that matter •• Yes." was the reply. I believe the Local Boards should have a voice in the control of the police, and that they should be consulted with reference to the granting of licences, and especially of their renewal. There are other things which we. as representatives of the ratepayers, should have a voice in. Just now our hands are tied, and we can do nothing but carry out the bye-laws." •• Would you. Mr. Shepherd, if elected, support a motion for the establishment of a Free Library at Penarth •• I would with all my heart. I believe the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board have done well in taking steps towards adopting the Acts." Continuing, Mr. Shepherd said, He would oppose the construction of a pier, as he had opposed the public baths. He wished to make known that the ground landlord after laying down every foot of sewer, handed it -ever to the Local Board to the great benefit of the ratepayers." Our reporter then tackled MR. THOMAS LEWIS on the street. He handed him his card. and awaited results. nth 7!"c/.V* Sttir said the recipient. "Splended paper Healthy views Put my name down as a subscriber." The reporter inwardly chuckled at this reception, thanked the amiable gentleman for his compli- ments. and asked if Mr. Lewis was a candidate for the Local Board Election. Several ratepayers have earnos^y begged of me to stand," replied he, but I have not issued an address. I am not going to canvass but if I am elected. I shall do my best to serve the ratepayers." What is your opinion of the Penarth Local Board as at present constituted. Mr. Lewis I think that a public body like that ought to be made up of independent men—perfectly inde- pendent representatives of the ratepayers, and not representatives of the ground landlord, who would naturally favour their interests." "Are you satisfied with the work they have done was the next query. How can I be he asked indignantly. when the rates of a new town like this amount to 2s. in the C- It is perfectly unbearable, and the require- ments of the town could be very well met with a shilling rate." If elected. Mr. Lewis, what policy would you take regarding the expenditure of the public money •• I would spend every farthing in the town. I have lived in Penarth for six years, and during all that time every shilling I have spent, went for the benefit of my fellow townsmen. Yes. sir. every penny piece should be spent in Penarth if possible. Would you support or oppose the erection of a pier I would support it, but at the same time it should not be maintianed by the rat es. As an ornament and a place of recreation, it would en- hance the value of Penarth as a watering place, and thus indirectly benefit the landowners. They ought to erect it." Are you in favour of having a public library for Penarth ?" asked our reporter. •• Yes." replied Mr. Lewis. It is greatly needed. In fact it is one of the chief things we require at present. It would keep our young men from spending their money and time at Cardiff. and it would prove an inducement to draw the people from the public houses." Well, what amount of rate do you think would suffice to maintain a really good free library;" The whole cost would not be much and all the requirements could easily be met by a penny rate Mr. Lewis having to hurry off to catch a train, the interview concluded. MR. WM. J. COLE. Our representative also called at the Pilot Hotel. Penarth. the residence of Mr. Win. John Cole. and he writes as follows :— I called upon the above candidate at his re- sidence. and found him reluctant to give his views on the objects which the Penarth voters seem to have most at heart. Mr. Cole. unlike most publicans, is not very talkative, but received me cordiailv when I told him I was a ,'ita./ man. 0;. What are your views in regard to the present constitution of the board Mr. Cole," I asked. ■•Well.' he replied smilingly. "I do not think they are acting properly as a body, I have nothing against them, but at the same time I disapprove of the step they took to buy their goods at Cardiff." •• Would you, then suggest any improvements in." But before I could get any further. Mr. Cole re- ferred me to his agent. Mr. Briellatt. and said. I am not going to promise anything. I find that those who promise at election times do least when in office. This gentleman is my agent, he will give you all the information you require." Mr. Briellatt then brusquely intimated that he required no advertising. He had already done so in a local paper and in the Cardiff dailies, and. in his opinion, that would be sufficient. •• But. my dear sir." I added." I have not yet asked you to advertise. I came here to get infor- mation. not orders. Barry papers will do us no good was his reply. I do not represent a Barry paper but a district paper." I remarked. Mr. Briellatt then went on to give his opinions of a Barry contemporary, which for many reasons I would refrain from publishing. After some further conversation. I gathered from Mr. Briellatt that it was inexpedient to give publicity to Mr. Coles views on local subject, and after a futile attempt at interviewing a would-be Local Board member I shook the dust from my feet and de- parted, having heard more about Conservatism and general politics than about local affairs.




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