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GOWER ROADS: LOCOMOTIVE TRAFFIC.

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GOWER ROADS: LOCOMOTIVE TRAFFIC. Important Inquiry at Cardiff. Good Case by the County Council Inquiry Resumed: Inspection to be Made. An inquiry was held by the Govern- ment Board inspector at Cardiff on Tuesday morning, into an application of the Glamor- ganshire County Council for leave to close about two hundred roads. The matter is one of great importance to the Peninsular, and the application was opposed by the District Council, who were represented by Mr. Lleufer lliornas (instructed by Mr. G. E. Taylor), there were also present in support of the District Council Mr. John Taylor. Mr. John Tucker (Horton). Mr. Richard Bevnon (Burry Careen), Mr. John Holland. Mr. F. Clement (Surridge Castle), Mr. D. John (Tycoed), Mr. Greening (Kiilay). Mr. Mansel Franklin, in opening the case for the county, said locomo- tive traffic was in many casesa great con- venience. especially in the district of Gower. which was not at all served by railway com- munication. The roads which had been scheduled by the Council were too narrow for locomotive traffic. Whatever roads were necessary would have to be widened, whilst those not widened would be closed against locomotives. The Inspector said that a good deal of time could be saved if the Council would consent to confer with the opposition, and see if some reasonable arrangement could not be made. The Loci Government Board would insist that through roads should be kept open for locomotive traffic. It appeared to him that a large pro- portion of the roads which had been enclosed in the schedule could be kept open. The County Council must be alive to the fact that locomotive traffic had come to stay, and the roads hould be made for the traffic—not the traffic for the roads. He advised a conference, lbe counsel would not accept a conference, and the inquiry proceeded. COMMISSIONERS FAVOURABLE EX. PPE,"¡SIOX OF OPINION. Mr. Frankiin explained there were twelve engines licensed in the county, five belomnn to showmen. Mr. Raven, the district "1Il veyot. said that many of the stretches were a portion of the main road from Swansea into Uov.t r. One was the road from Kittle Hill to North-way. another Biackpill to White- Jane. Porceynon Hill to the village, Revnoid- stone, RIicmII;. Burry Green to Sennvbridce. CJieriton to Cwm. Iv and Manselfoid" to Old Wrd'i.s. The majority of the remaining roads had only small passenger traffic. Mr. Lleufer Thomas The traction engines are taken over tlnn for the purpose of carrv- ing heavy good. and for threshing machines. The Commitioners aked if it was not a fact that these roads were exempt by law. and that the engines could go over them. and on being informed it was not, said that such a bye-law had been frequently passed by offi- cer* of the Crown. Mr. Lleufer Thomas contended that the engines were essential in jurely agricultural districts, and the farmers would be badly Ïli- convenienced if debarred from their use. Mr. Jotm Taylor, three years chairman of the Gower District Council, said he had been a member of the Board for 29 years, and con- nected 'with tlie roadj management. Within the past five years. Miss Talbot had not oniy given much land. but had widened a road near Pcnrice at her own expense. £1.845 was spent in road widening, and the Board had jUi" widened the road irom Port Eynon to Penrice Church, and irom the five-mile stone to Old Wails. Plans were prepared for the improvement of the road at a cost of £5.000, The roads to be excluded from loco- motive tramc were not thoroughfares except that they were the only means of" trans- ferring coai and miUing produce, and builidrg material by locomotives. If the traffic was abolished it would mean a loM to the farmers aUL1, it gain to nobody. Mr. Pritcliard. agent to Miss Talbot also gave evidence, and pointed out that the Ip of the locomotive traffic world materially enhance the cost, of haulage. The Conjnissionesaid that the district COJUiÔl ha dmade out a good case. The en- was adjourned.

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