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BARRY LOCAL BOARD AGAIN DISCUSS THE SITES' QUESTION. SUITABLE LAND NOW SECURED OFF HOLTON-ROAD. BUT THE OFFICES QUESTION HAS ONCE MORE BEEN SHELVED. At the monthly meeting of the Barry and Cad- oxton Local Board, held on Tuesday afternoon last, Dr P. J. O'Donnell in the chair, Alderman J, C. Meggitt moved the adoption of a recommenda- tion by the Sites Committee that an acre of land be leased for a period of 99 years, for the purposes of site for the proposed permanent public offices for the district, from the Barry Dock Town Syndicate, at the junction of Crossways-street and Tynewydd-street, at a rental of J660 per acre, the rent for the first year to be £ 20 second year, :£30; third year, 440 fourth year, £ 50 and all succeeding years, jESO per year. Several offers. Mr Meggitt said, had been made to the Board of sites in the district, but the committee felt that the land in question was the most suitable and economic&L The lease of the present offices at Cadoxton wonld expire next year. and the only offices which the Board would then have in their own right were the gas and water offices at Barry DocK. For a. public library the Board had no land available, so that the committee recommended that an acre of land, as described, be secured by the Local board, upon which to erect permanent public offices and a public library. The site, he considered, was a central one.—Mr B. Lewis No, certainly not.- Mr Meggitt, continuing, remarked that practically the whole of the committee were agreed that the land in question was centrally situated, but he would add, in connection with his motion, a sug- gestion that the road leading thereto be widened from 40ft., as proposed to be constructed, to 50ft. -Mr W. Thomas (Cadoxton) seconded.—Mr B. Lewis opposed the motion. The position, he said, was not a central one. neither was it on the main road. The public offices, he considered, should be placed off the main road, and not in a back street, as was mow intended. Within a few hundred yards of the proposed site the Board already held about five acres—in Court-road—upon which they could erect permanent offices-a plot, he said, which was not only centrally situated, but abutted upon one of the most favourable roads in the district. Holton-road in the future, he considered, would be the Bute-road of Barry, and he certainly urged that, whatever they did, they should place the public offices in a respectable position so far as the future was concerned. He would, therefore, propose, as an amendment, that the offer be not entertained for the present.—Mr W. Thomas C'he Hayes), seconded, and said he fully concurred with Mr Lewis' remarks.—Mr Mr George Thomas reminded the Board that the difficulty of securing suitable land in the district increased year by year. and in a very short time it would be almost impossible to secure a square acre in any suitable position.—Mr W.Thomas (Cadox- ton), replying to Mr Lewis' remarks as to the Court-road land, said that if they built the public offices near the slaughter-house they would be placing them upon the main sewer.—Mr Meggitt said they should certainly secure land at once, although he did not suggest for a moment that they should build offices for some time. because he did not think the district was in a position at present that they could afford to erect permanent offices,-On the amendment being put to the meet- ing, Dr Treharne, Mr B. Lewis, and Mr W. Thomas (The Hayes) supported the same, the recommend- ation of the committee being voted for by the Chairman, Messrs J. C. Meggitt, W. Paterson, and W. Thomas (auctioneer), Mr George Thomas and Mr J. Jewel Williams remaining neutral, being interested in the land in question. The com- mittee's recommendation was accordingly declared adopted.-A somewhat lengt hy discussion followed, upon a proposal by Mr Meggitt that the surveyor be instructed to prepare rough plans and estimate of offices on the gas works site for the accommo- dation of the officials of the Board at a cost, he suggested, of about :£2,000, an arrangement which would prove more economical and convenient than the present system, and would meet the requirements of the Board for some time. This extension, he explained, would not interfere with the ultimate erection of the permanent offices, and the extended buildings could then be utilised for the growing requirements of the gas works.— Mr W. Paterson seconded the proposal; but Mr B.Lewis,determined, he said, to act conscientiously, stated he was astonished that Mr Meggitt should attempt to saddle the ratepayers with the cost of an extension of offices on the gas works site as well as having to pay for land for permanent buildings. To spend je2,000 upon such a scheme, he considered, was simply madness, and a disgrace to them as a body of public men. He consequently moved that no additional offices be provided on the gas works site.—The Chairman said this was. not an amendment, but a direct negative.—Mr W. Thomas (Cadoxton) then proposed, as an amend- ment, that the surveyor prepare plans for temporary offices on the land just secured for the permanent buildings, the more elaborate structure to be erected at a future time,—Mr J. J. William*^ formally seconded the amendment, and reminded the board that any extension made to the gae works offices ceuld eventually be utilised for gas and water purposes alone.—Mr Meggitt said if Mr Thomas' amendment was agreed to they would still have their official staff separated, and he should like to know what would be the difference in the co-t between Mr Thomas' jt-heme and the one he proposed. The amendment he maintained would involve a much larger expendi- ture.—Mr George Thomas considered the board should be supplied with a statement showing the aetual accommodation required. — The Chair- man said he had been the means of per- suading Mr Meggitt from his original scheme, to establish the permanent offices- on the gas works site, on the ground that, as a Board, they were pledged to establish the public library on the same land as that secured for the permanent offices. He hoped now they would be able to further persuade Mr Meggitt to refer the entire question to the sites committee of the board and the public libraries committee, sa that a definite scheme might be formulated.—At this stage the amendment was put to the meeting, but the mover only voted in its favour against- the Chairman, Dr Treharne, Mess-rs J. C. Meggitt, W. Thomas (The Hayes), and B. Lewis.—Mr W. Thomas (Cadoxton) Y8u better say I stand alone against the board. (Laughter. )-TheCha.irman then proposed, as counter amendment, that the matter be referred to the sites committee of the board and the public libraries committee, but Mr George Thomas objected on the ground that the public libraries committees was not directly responsible to the ratepayers, being simply managers of a fund transferred to them by the Loctl Loard.—There was no seconder to the latter amendment, and it consequently fell through. — For the original motion, Mr Meggitt and Mr Paterson only vdted against—the Chairman, Dr Treharne, Messrs W. Thomas (The Hayes;, and VV. Thomas (Cadoxton).