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ABERYSTWYTH MARKETS. SUCH an important subject does not need an apology to our readers. After many years waiting, we seem threatened with a chaos of market accommodation and with a view to promote the best interests of the town, we purpose describing the relative merits of each scheme. The market for corn being one of the oldest in town, is entitled to precedence, and our remarks are few. It has served the town well, and had the pro- prietor moved a few years earlier, and secured ground, only recently built upon, gratitude would have induced most of us to consent to it being the market. The narrow approaches, both in Market- street and Little Dark-gate-street, are apparent every market day, and infinite difficulty is expe- rienced at times in passing through either of these streets and the present proposal to concentrate other business in this narrow, confined space, already Insufficient, must prove a failure, and necessitate the ioss of capital to be expended upon it. As the money is to by taken by voluntary contribution, and not from our rates, we cannot object, although we regret this outlay should be made, except for the purpose of improving and retaining the Corn Market. This view we would invite the promoters of the scheme to consider. The Meat Market has for many years been a dis- grace to the town, and the proprietor has strenuously opposed attempts to improve it. The improvement commissioners have failed to induce him to use water, although it was laid on at the expense of the rate- payers many years ago. Any alteration cannot fail to prove beneficial to ourselves and visitors who have for many years past been loud in their com- plaint, and written us repeatedly. At the eleventh hour, some of our townsmen are unwilling to see this market removed, (it does not appear that the proprietor does anything to command the support of the public.) but it is so far away from the lower and rapidly extending part of the town; that the proposal to place the poultry and vegetable markets here, cannot command attention from those who consult the true interests of the town; and, moreover, we are advised that the trustees of the public, who control both streets and open spaces, cannot, with- out an Act of Parliament, enclose the land around the Meat Market, as an objection of a single rate- payer complaining to the Home Secretary would call down a court of enquiry from the General Board of Health Office, in London. This expression of opinion by Arnold Taylor, Esq., when holding a court of en- quiry here, that the improvementcommissioners might count on having the assistance of the Home Office to widen and improve thoroughfares and approaches, but must look for no support in the event of future encroachments being attempted. This should be final, apart from its want of centrality. The last active market scheme, (for there is yet another we desire to comment upon.) is the Aber- ystwyth Market and Public Hall Company, Limited, situated in Terrace Road and Baker-street. It has been so rapidly formed that it has registered the company, the plans are prepared, and tenders obtained for the erection of a most extensive and handsome edifice, almost too handsome, since only for tempo- rary market, and of too solid a construction. At all events, it will at once come into competition with other schemes, and from its central position will command a trade, as, indeed, it deserves to do, for it is being promoted by men who are anxious to con- sult the welfare of the town, and have made all their arrangements with a view of obviating any difficulty to the town possessing markets of their own, should they become alive to the desirability of concentrating them. In the mean time, the extent of ground which will be covered, being several times the size of the combined area of the Corn a: d Meat Markets, and its advantage in having wide approaches and a good thoroughfare through the market, with its lofty well- ventilatrd hall, will be an agreeable attraction both to our town and summer visitors. We have already,in a previous edition, adverted to the provision made to secure share of the profits to the rate-payers, and also to the important feature that it is upon, and surrounded by, corporation property. We believe this scheme will be a remunerative and successful one. We have one word of advice to offer, to be ready to forego their opposition to the Corn Market. Should there be a disposition manifested to retain the Market-street site for the corn only, and permit other articles of produce to concentrate themselves in what appears to us. in every way, a well-designed commodious central market. Too high a praise can- not be awarded to its spirited promoters. The foregoing may be properly styled active schemes have been brought forward in a consider- able measure consequent on the corporation having stated their intention to provide the town with mar- kets on the vacant land in their possession facing Lewis Terrace, and parallel with the railway station. We understand much adverse criticism upon the corporation market arises from an impression that they would be so costly as to entail rates on the town for their maintenance. This would not be so, as the market, if built by the corporation, would be erected with money borrowed under a special Act of Parliament for this and other town improvements, and repayable Jrom fines on renewals oj old leases," which fall in some 30 years hence. Another preju- dice existed from a belief that the site was too far off, and would adjoin the slaughter-house, which is not so. Vested interests have availed themselves of these pleas to promote markets on existing sites, which can never satisfy the requirements of such a growing town as ours and we do hope that public spirit will be manifested by all parties interested, and no undue obstacle opposed to the corporation plan, which is worthy of the town, and does them infinite credit. We add. further, the extension of the town eastward is inevitable, and markets adjoin- ing the railway will yearly become more central. Besides, they would command the trade of the dis-, trict. and add another valuable source of wealth to our town. We understand Carmarthen has bene- fitted herself immensely by her new markets, and supplies an immense population living on the lines of railway running into their town. To look at the open space, the property of the corporation, should commend the* council's proposal, which would give us magnificent markets, free of expense, to the rate- payers, and calculated to improve the income of the corporation, and secure the future extension of the town upon corporation land.



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