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POXTSTICILL WATER QUESTION.

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POXTSTICILL WATER QUESTION. PARISH v. DISTRICT COUNCILS. At the Vaynor Parish Council on Friday night, Mr. J. Rogers in the chair, Mr. James Parry, Pont- sticill, rose to call attention to the water question at Pontsticill. Since the last meeting he had been rather bamboozled, ho said, by the doings of the Dis- trict Council (laughter), which had stepped in and taken the matter out of the hands of the Parish Council. He had lived at Ponsticill for the last 24 years, and he ought to know something about the matter. Twenty-four years ago the water supply was pure and healthy. But since then a number of pri- vies had been erected in the place, and matter from these worked its way to the water. Dr. Dyke and other scientific authorities declared the water con- tained animal matter, and that it was consequently unfit for human consumption. Attempts had been made to find a spring, but without success. A depu- tation of the inhabitants had waited on the Rural Sanitary Authority, but that body did not take any steps to secure a supply of pure water. Recently a gentleman from Cardiff, named Rothwell, had paid them a visit. Mr. Rothwell was a water-diviner, or water-finder, and he was a most interesting man to be with (laughter). He went round the neighbourhood, and at last he came to a spot where he said there was a spring. He knew that from the effect of the spring on his nerves (laughter), and he said the water was 15 feet deep. Mr. Parry then weut on to deal with the epidemic of diphtheria which bad lately visited the locality. He was of opinion that the epidemic was caused by the filthy water which they had to drink, though Dr. Dyke said the disease had been imported from elsewhere. He should very much like to know how it wa.s that the District Council had taken this matter np when it was already being dealt with by the Parish Council. The1 Chairman thanked Mr. Parry for his very in- teresting statement. He was sure the District Council had no intention or bamboozling anybody on this subject. It was the duty of the District Council to provide water. If it did not do that, then the Parish Council could complain to the County Council, who would compel the District Council to do the work, or do it themselves. This matter was in the hands of the District Council before the Parish Council took it up, it having been transferred to them from the defunct Rural Sanitary Authority. The District Council would, of course," carry it through, and no notice was required to be sent to the I'aiish Council. Mr. Parry But the District Council have no power to enter into any contract without civiug notice thereof to the Parish Council.Mr. W. Meredith Who will have to pay for this improvement? In my opinion the landlords ought to pay for it.—Mr. I. Morris: The work taken in hand by the District. Council is only a continuation of what had already 'i 11 14 v been done. It is not a new w ork, and tho cost is only £ 6 5s., which is too trifling to quarrel about. --Mr, I Parry: The work in all will cost from £35 to £ 40.— The Chairman: That is so. Mr. Parry is quite right, Mr. Morris.—Mr. Price: The District Council have no right to ?pend any money, no matter bow small the sum, without giving notiee to the Parish Council.—Mr. Parry I should think we ought to get the opinion of the Local Government Board on the matter, and I propose that the question be pent up to them.—Rev. W. B. Griffith moved that a com- mittee of seven be appointed to make enquiry into the whole matter, and find out the relative positions of the District and Parish Councils with regard to the water question. Then there was the question of expense. Should the expense be borne by Pontsticill alone, or by the whole district?—Mr. W. Meredith seconded Mr. Griffiths' motion, which was carried with only one dissentient.—The committee elected were: Messrs. Harpur, Parry, Price, W. Edwards, T. Morris, W. Evans, and Rev. W. B. Griffith.-Mr. Parry wanted to know whether the District Council would agree to let the matter remain in abeyance until this committee had presented their report.—The Chairman I am afraid they won't listen to you.- Mr. Parry: Then I may as well sit down (laughter).

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