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PONTYPRIDD LOCAL BOARD. THE PROPOSED INCORPORATION. ] IMPORTANT DISCUSSION. The ordinary monthly meeting of the Ponty- pridd Local Board was held on Friday afteinoon last, Mr. D. Leyshon in the chair. There were present Councillor Roberts, Messrs. J. James, D. Rowlands, P. Gowan R. T. Richards, H. T: Wales. Tom Taylor, J. Snape, H. LI. Grover (clerk), and E. Rees (surveyor). < THE BARRY RAILWAY QUESTION. The Clerk read a letter from the secretary of the Barry Railway Company stating that the Boards letter with reference to passenger train, should be laid before the directors at their next meeting. A DEPUTATION OF BUILDERS. A deputation of builders from the district of Trailwn were introduced by Mr. W f^ stated that they had received a n°L^.Jr^ surveyor to put flushing tanks 111 their houses. They thought that this was a needless expense, be- causye children often interfered w!th the same, and thought that the ordinary way of flushing, was much better than the tank system.-The Chairman pointed out that the bye^aws required the tanks to be placed, and if the Board consented to the request of the deputation they would establish a dangerous precedent. DRAINING THE MOUNTAIN ASH DISTRICT. A let+er Vi-as read from Mr. Chatterton stating that as"the extension of the Pontypridd-Mountain Ash Local Board areas had been practically settled it was desirable that the Pontypridd Board should enter into negociations for taking over the sewage not only of the Ciifynydd district, which had been added to the Mountain Ash district, but also for the whole of the Mountain Ash area. The capacity of the outface sewer would admit of this being done, and he thought no time should be lost in having a. survey made-After some discussion it was agreed that the clerk should communicate with the Mountain Ash Board, and ask if they intended joining the Ystrad main sewer. THE MERTHYR ROAD. A letter was read from fhe cleric of the County Council with reference to the improvement 0: the Cardiff and Merthyr Road. This would cost about £ 350. and the Council would be glad if the Board would do this work at the price. It was decided that the improvements should be done. and the surveyor was ordered to advertise for tender. THE COUNTY COUNCIL TXQUIRY. The Clerk stated that since the Board last met, Mr. Deacon had held an inquiry with reference to the extension of areas, and he anticipated that when the extension would be granted, the Local Board would hold an inquiry to settle the number of members and to rearrange the wards.—Coun- cillor Roberts asked when these meetings would take place.-The Clerk replied that the County Council were of opinion that it would be some time in March. THE FREE LIBRARY. A letter was read from Jlr. W. Jones Powell, secretary of the Free Library, requesting the Board to appoint Mr. Snape to act on the com- mittee On the motion of Mr. D. Rowlands, seconded by Mr. James, the election of Mr. Snape Was agreed to.—Councillor Roberts remarked, that the library was in a most flourishing condition, and that the technical classes thereat were well attended. ANOTHER DEPUTATION. A deputation, introduced by the Rev. W. C. Hooper, waited upon the Board, on behalf of the members of the Calvary Baptist Church, Treforest, asking the Board to take over the maintenance of the road in front of the chapel. And on the pro- Position of Councillor Roberts, is was agreed that the local members and the surveyor should meet on the spot and report to the Board. THE PROPOSED INCORPORATION. A large and influential deputation, consisting of Messrs. James Coombers. R. Rogers. H. Porcher, J. Prothero, T. Mayberry Williams, F. Judd, S. Par- fitt, A. 0. Evans, and others were introduced by Mr. H. S. Davies, president of the Chamber of Trade. Their application was that the Board Would be pleased to apply to the Privy Council for a charter of incorporation to the town, and they proposed to put before the Board some reasons for making this application. They considered that having a charter of incorporation would raise the Status of the town considerably above what it Was at present. They did not wish to depreciate the Local Boaid in any way, but it was well known that in any town that had a corporation the mayor in his official capacity represented that town. and in a way that the chairman of the Local Board did not. This statement was borne out by What was done in Merthyr. Whenever there was a public function to be performed in Merthyr Tydvil it was the High Constable that appeared as representing the town. and not the chairman of the Local Board. The mayor would not only Represent the town but he would have the honour *>f sitting upon the magisterial bench-he would be, as a matter of fact, the chief magistrate of town—and if a charter was granted, borough magistrates would also be appointed, and the Magisterial business of the town would be done by the town-and not by the county—magistrates as at present. Probably if the town of Pontypridd Was incorporated loeal magistrates would be allowed to manage the business of the town while the stipendiary would serve the other part of the district. In that way they would save the stipendiary magistrates rates altogether. llie members of the Town Council would be elected in a different manner to the members of the Local Board they would be elected by ballot, and he certainly considered that that would be a very great improvement on the present mode of elect- ing the members of the Local Board of Health. The corporation would become the chief autnon y 0" the town. and would have the power of amal- gamating the different authorities in existence at present: it would take over such bodies as the Urban Sanitary Authority and the Burial Board, and in that connection he would suggest that tl e "I Local Board should ask the Burial Board, which intended applying for an extension of their district, to co-operate with the Local Board in this appli- cation. This would have the effect of saving an expenditure of £ 800, and they would have one calculation instead of separate as at present. It Was said as an objection to this application, that a corporation would be more expensive than the ex- isting authority, but that depended on the inhabi- tants themselves. If they chose to make it expen- sive they could do so. but there was no reason why it should be more expensive than the system at present in existence. It was true that in some towns they paid a salary to the mayor, but in the large majority of cases this was not done. The 'Corporation would have greater facilities in the acquiring of land, &c.. and probably they would 'some day have some wealthy townsman who would like to confer some benefit on the town by givino- property to the corporation. He would How call upon Mr. Spragg to read the memorial, which it was suggested should be laid before the council. The Chairman said that before the petition was Tead he should like to ask whether they as r Board would find any difficulty, at- they could not vote any money towards the expenses. Mr. H. S. Davies remarked that he understood the Board had power to go to the necessary ex- T>ense. The suggestion of the deputation was that the Board should get the petition printed and circulated throughout the town, and asked the in- habitants to sign the memorial. The Clerk stated that there was no doubt that if the Privv Council were satisfied that this was a proper application, they would order the expense to be paid out of the rates. The Chairman remarked that he had been told that when they applied at Merthyr they had been 0 -ed to subscribe to the expenses of the applica- tion, and he doubted whether the responsibility of going to the expense would be undertaken by the townspeople. The Clerk remarked that the Board would cer- tainly have to run a certain amount of risk, be- cause if the County 'Council were not satisfied that the application was a dispensable one, they might not permit the expense to be paid out of the rates. Mr. lI, S. Davies remarked that it was the in- tention of the Burial Board to go in for a special Act of Parliament, but he understood that, ac- cording to the Municipal Corporation Act. if a charter was obtained the district could be extended without a gpeeia'l Act. And if the petition was signed bv a large number of the inhabitants he had no doubt but that it would satisfy theIPrivy Council. Mr. J. Spragg then read the memorial, and Mr. H. Porcher said he endorsed everything- that Mr. Da vies had "aid, and hoped the Board vcould adopt #ie petition. The Chairman then congratulated the Chamber fot- the excellent way in which the memorial had be CM prepared, and said that if the charter was granted it would considerably raise the .status of the t6wn. and he would like to have the feeling of tiie inhabitants on the matter, and for dtat purpose it would be wise to convene public meetings. Mr. R. Rogers thought it would be wise to con- vene public meetings if there was any risk con- nected with the affair. He was quite certain many of the inhabitants would be quite willing to become guarantors. After some further discussion it was decided, on the motion of Mr. D. Rowlands, seconded by Mr. Snap, to call a special meeting of the Board to consider and discuss the question before giving a decision, m the matter. i The surveyor and the inspector of nuisances' reports were then read and adopted.







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