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SANITATION AT BARRY. DEPUTATION TO THE LOCAL BOARD. VACILLATING CONDUCT OF THE BOARD. On Tuesday last a deputation, consisting of Messrs. Edward Phillips, E. Gibbon. W. Radcliffe, J. Jones (Golden Key), and — Huchinson waited on the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board with re to. rence to the decision of the Health Committee to proceed against Mr. Edward Phillips. Newiand- street, Barry Dock, for non-compliance with the bye-laws of the Board, which provided that a proper flushing apparatus should be atta.ched to every water closet in the district. It should be mentioned tha before the deputation was announced, the Bon-ra had con- firmed the Health Committee's recommendation to proceed against Mr. Phillips. In response to an invitation from the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Phillips said that the deputation wished to know in the first place how it was that Holton should be selected by the Board for these proceedings, when the older districts of Barry and Cadoxton were left untouched. In the second place, they wished to know why he (Mr. Phillips) had been picked out to be pro- ceeded against when he wasn't the great- est or the smallest, the oldest or the j youngest property owner who had not complied with the Board's bve-laws in that respect. In the third place, they wished to know why it was that the Board should be so anxious to enforce this bye-law at the present time. It could not be the cholera scare. Why was it then that the Board should at this time, when trade was so slack and money so scarce, determine to enforce a bye-law which would press very heavily on all property owners. Mr. Gibbon said that the Board would find no precedent for their action in the records of any existing Board in the county. The Board knew from the beginning that the ratepayers were opposed to the bye-law, and they had allowed it to remain in abeyance for some time. Why did they now, when trade was in the state it was. try to enforce the bye-law, especially after property.i owners had been hard put to it to finish private improvements ? Mr. Hutchinson said that thÿ ratepayers were all opposed to the Local Board in this matter, and that it was a mystery to all why the Local Board should choose the present, of all times, to enforce compliance with their bye-law. [ Mr. J. Jewel Williams asked whether the plans f of houses had been passed with or without tanks and flashing apparatus The Surveyor said that the bye-law had always been one of the Board's bye-laws from the very commencement. It had. however, been found im- possible to enforce it at first as the district was not supplied with water, and the drainage scheme had not been completed. Every house, however, had to be supplied with earthen closets, and since the district had been supplied with a proper drainage system, no plans had been passed that did not j show water closets properly supplied with tanks and flushing apparatus. Mr. George Thomas said that he had always been opposed to the enforcement of the bye-law, which would entail an additional and unnecessary expense of £ 10.000 on the property owners of the district. General Lee said that if tho ratepayers were. as was said, opposed to the enforcement of the bye- law, they could make it a test question at the election, and that was the only way in which the Board could get at the feelings of the ratepayers. Dr. 0 Dounell. as chairman of the Health Com- mittee. answered the questions of the deputation. In the first place, Holton was not selected in pre- ference to Barry or Cadoxton to have these notices served for notices had been served in Beverly street. Main street, Chesterfield-street. Daniel-street, and other streets in Cadoxton. The inspector could not, of course, serve notices on all the district at the same time. but the whole district would have been served with notices had not the precautions that had to be taken against cholera taken up all the inspectors's time during the last few weeks. In the second place, Mr. Phillips had been chosen to be proceeded against, as it had been said at the meeting of the committee that he (Mr. Phillip?) was willing to fight the Board. Mr. Phillips: Who said ¡:o Dr. O'Donnell One of the members of the committee, I think but I forget who it was. Mr. Gibbon If the Board know that the bye- law can be legally enforced, why do they wish to proceed against Mr. Phillips, and make his a test case ? The Clerk The Board do not wish to test the legality of the bye-law—that is beyond question but they have picked Mr. Phillips out in order to see whether the magistrates will grant a summons against him. The Board were in hopes that by proceeding against one. the other property owners in the district would conform with the bye-laws, and both the Board and the property owners would thus be saved the expense which proceedings against all the property owners would entail. Dr. O Donnell, proceeding, said that that was the onlv reason why Mr. Phillip* had been picked out. They wanted a ma.n who would be willing- to fight the Board in the matter, and the com- mittee were told that Mr. Phillips was ready to do so. He himself (Dr. O'Donnell) had suggested that the Board should proceed ag-ainst. Messrs. Morgan and Scott. who would be likely to oppose them. Mr. W. Thomns Xo. no excuse me. I made j that suggestion. Dr. O Donnell I am willing- to give Mr. Thomas the credit for having tcrl it. (Laughter.) Proceeding. Dr. O'Donnell said that it h:td always been one of the Board's bye-laws, though it, was not always enforced. It was not. as the deputation seemed to think, a new bye-law which had just been passed, but tan old one that had been in abeyance for a time. It had been said that she ratepayers were opposed to the action of the Board in the matter. He (Dr. O Donnell) did not believe it. The deptitatioii consisted of property owners- Mr. George Thomas But property owners are ratepayers. Dr. O'Donnell Yes, I do not dispute their right I to speak as individual ratepayers but the interests of the property-owners and the ratepayers generally are not identical in this matter, and thfl deputation represents, not the ratepayers generally, but tho property-owners. Dr. Thompson, the Government Inspector, insisted very strongly oa the enforcement of the bye-law. The deputation then withdrew, and. after st desultory conversation, Mr. George Thomas handed in notice of motion which will b& eoasidered at II. special meeting- of the Board to be held in a fort- t night's time, to rescind the resolution for the enforcement of the byc-Iaw. which should be enforced only in the case of new houses. In answer to a question from Mr. W. Thomas, the Clerk said that in consequence of Mr. George Thomas notice of motion, no proceedings would be taken against any property ownar fpr no:i-com- pliance with the bye-law till after the special meeting of the Board. I

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