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MEETING OF PROTEST Against Proposed New School Building at Gwespyr. On Friday last week a meeting of ratepayers of the parish of Llanasa was held at Llanasa Schools for the purpose of making a protest against the proposal of the County Education Authority to build new schools in the parish in consequence of the withdrawal of the Talacre Schools from public control by Sir Pyors Mostyn. Mr William Bulcock, J.P., presided over a representative gathering, about 100 being present. In his introductory remarks the chairman said that he for one wished to protest against what he considered the unnecessary pro- posal of the County Education Authority. There was sufficient school accommodation in the parish already, and it was unjust on the part of the Education Authority to increase the burdens of the ratepayers by building additional schools (applause). Any increase of tha rates of the district just now would be a great hindrance to the progress of the place, industrially and otherwise (hear, hear). Mr Robert Jones, C.C. for the division, asked by the Chairman if he could enlighten the meeting as to the procednre of the Education Authority in this matter, stated that having failed to come to any satisfactory arrangement with the legal representatives of Sir Pyers and Lady Mostyn, they felt bound to take steps to fill up the gap caused by the Withdrawal of Talacre Schools from public control. The Government could not acknowledge a private school in any way 9 ■The Chairman—But why build other schools when the Talacre Schools are to be open to the public just as in the past ? Surely the question of control is not a sufficient argument to justify the action the Education Authority propose to take. What difference should it make to the Education Authority or anybody else, so long as we have adequate facilites for educating the children ? It is time a check was put upon county expenditure, which has mounted up until it has become quite a. hindrance. MV* ?emPle—Oan Mr Jones tell us who school*8?^ county authority to build new Mr Jones-The Government asked us w^a we intended to do in the matter of i 1?^ SaP caused by the withdrawal of the Talacre Schools. The Chairman—That is not a very definite answer. If we make a protest to-night against the proposed new schools, will the county authority drop their present intentions ? Mr Jones,-I don't think so. The Chairman —Then why give notice ? Mr Jones —We must comply with the Act. Mr Temple, speaking not as a teacher, but as a ratepayer, said there appeared to have been too much hole-and-corner work in this affair, and a seeming attempt to keep the ratepayers generally ia the dark, notwith- standing that it was proposed to involve them in an expenditure of £ 5000 or J66000. He was only a small ratepayer, still he did not want to part with his sixpence on any unnecessary undertaking, and certainly not before he had some voice in the matter (applause). It was not a proper thing for one or two, or three or four, gentlemen to decide what should be done for the parish (applause). At this stage Mr Ralli, C.C. asked leave to make a statement, but his rising was only the signal for a deafening noise, which was kept up as long as he attempted to speak. The Chairman said that as Mr Ralli was not a ratepayer of the parish he really had no voice in the matter. In vain did Mr Ralli protest that he was a representative of ratepayers, some of the audience threateningly crying "Out you go." The Vicar of Llanasa asserted that the notices of the proposed schools had not been properly circulated. The question required a great deal of light thrown upon it. It should be borne in mind that they as ratepayers had a right to appeal to the Board of Education in this matter. It was something to be thank- ful for that they had an authority that was higher than the County Council (applause). If they could be satisfied that Talacre schools were going to remain open to the public as much as hitherto, and if the ratepayers were going to avail themselves of those schools just as before, then what necessity was there for further accommodation in the parish ? It had been urged that for one thing the dis- tance some of the children had to travel should be considered, and that it was very undesirable that children should have to go long distances to school in bad weather. Was it not common knowledge that there was no law in the country which could compel a parent to send his child to school when to do so would be to the detriment of the child s health ? His experience had been that it was beneficial for a child to have a little walk to school (applause). The Chairman —Why build more schools in this district at all, so long as Sir Pyers Mostyn is foolish enough to bear all the expense of carrying on the Talacre Schools ? Mr Jones, C.C.—It is a question of control. The Chairman said that Mr W. Conwy Bell, as agent for Lady Bates, wished him to offer his protest against any proposal that would unnecessarily increase the rates of the pariah. He (fche Chairman) was with Mr Bell at the Bodrhyddan rent audit the previous evening. and the prevailing topic was not the rents but the rates. Mr J. Ghinstono proposed: "Thnt this meeting of ratepayers of Llanasa vigorously protests against the proposal of the Flintshire Education Authority to provide unnecessary elementary school accommodation in the parish, seeing that more than sufficient accom- modation for all children of school age is already provided that it is the opinion of this meeting that a public enquiry should be held on the subject by an officer of the Board of Education and that a copy of this repre- sentation be sent to the Board of Education and the Flintshire Education Authority." Mr Williams, Gwespyr, seconded the motion. The Rev Meurig Jones proposed a negative motion, but neither he nor his, seconder, Mr Robt Jones, C.C., was accorded a very patient hearing. His contention was that this matter shall be looked upon from the point of view of government. In the course of further discussion both the Chairman and Mr Temple pointed out that a school attendance officer had a right to see that every child attended a school, whether public or private, or at least received sufficient education. Ultimately the original motion was; carried with an overwhelming majority, the amend- ment only receiving six votes.

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