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THE HAFOD BRIDGE QUESTlOiV

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THE HAFOD BRIDGE QUESTlOiV LETTER FROM THE HON. ODO VIVIAN. The Hon. Odo Vivian has written to Mr. G. F. Williams, secretary of the St. John's Ward Ratepayers' Association, as follows:- Dear Sir,—I am sorry that I made a mis- take in the date of the meeting of the St. John's Ratepayers' Association, noting it in my book as for the 16th. It was not until I saw a report of it in the local papers that I was aware of the mis- I am sorry I was not there, as I should have been very glad of the opportunity of dispelling a wrong impression that seems to have got hold of the minds of some of the members as to the attitude of Messrs. Vivian and Sons to the Hafod Bridge. I notice in the report of the Council meeting, which I was prevented from attending owing w an important meeting in Cardiff, that Mr. Wm. Morris used some strong terms about the opposition of V. and S. to the bridge. I am sorry that he should have done so without being fully informed of the facts. The position was as follows:- It was impossible for Messrs. V. and S. to allow the footbridge to be made at the point shown on the plans of the Bill, as (1) They would have had to dispose of to the Corporation their rights over the valuable quay. (2) Because the site proposed would have seriously hindered the berthing of ships bringing material to the Phosphate Works. (3) Because in the interest of the people they did not consider it the proper site for a bridge. So they lodged a petition in the House against it. I personally went up to London and found that—provided all parties agree—the site for the bridge could be moved outside the schedule limits of deviation. We accordingly drew up heads of an agree- ment to be entered into between the Cor- poration and all the parties concerned. We obtained the consent of Messrs. Wil- Uams, Foster, and Grenfell, and Mr. John Michael Williams to a plan shifting the site to the bottom of Maliphant-street. We then met Lord Jersey's agent on the ground, but he refused to have anything to do with any "foot" bridge, and said, "the only thing he would consent to was a traffic bridge." We accordingly prepared plans for him for a traffic bridge starting from the quay wall at the bottom of Maliphant-street on one side, to a point on the same level on the east side. We submitted this to the Corporation, but it was found impossible to make this bridge for the money estimated in the Bill, and the Town Clerk said that we could not increase this amount. Thus, owing to Lord Jersey's objection, all parties could not be brought into agreement, and so the scheme for a footbridge fell through. I am sure you win see that Messrs. V. and S. did all they could to get the bridge through, and there would have been no dIffi- culty about it if Lord Jersey had given his consent. Mr. Griffith Davies was at the Parliamen- tary Committee meeting when it was dis- cussed, and he will bear out what I say. I shall be glad if y°u it j11? known among the ratepayers of the St. Jl ohn 9 Ward. to correct the impression which has got about, and you may use this letter how you like.

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