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BRITON FERRY NOTES. HEARD UNDER THE TOWN CLOCK. The Briton Ferry District Council have adopted the clause in the Workmen^' Dwell- ing House Act, giving them the right to ne- gotiate a loan for the puipcse of erecting workmen*' cottages, should a necessity arise for the same. Possibly there is not that scarcity of houses at Briton Ferry that there wa.s some years ago Nevertheless they are not so plentiful as to bring the rents within a reasonable figure for the workingman, es- pecially the labourer, whose wages do not exceed four or five shillings per day, and if by chance he gets a house at a reasonable rent it is not far short of being unfit for habitation. It is feared that the majority of houses I now being built at Briton Ferry aie not wlnat may be termed workmen. cottages. If in- stead of making an elaborate show of railings and casement windows the mon'y was spent in making the house more convenient ir.side, ad providing a good bath. it would be far more beneficial to the working-man than all the outside gtandeur, and'the house could be built far cheaper and at a much reduced rent. These are the essentials of a workingman's dwelling. The Council did not think proper to adopt the clauses dealing with slum areas, because it is said that we have no slums. Th s, I think, is open to doubt. Perhaps if we took the true meaning of a slum, it is not neces- sary that it should be a coutt, into which the sun never shines, or that we should have tlu3i*e a batch of drunkards who ncglect their homes and families, and live on vice. To my mind a slum would be a number of houses that are really unfit for habitation, which have not the necessary cubic area of air which is essential to good health, and takipg this view, we have a number of slums, which sllDuld: be removed. Can it be said that Simons-court or Rose Crown-court are tit places for people to dwell in without a back door to promote ventilation? Then what about the Square and Wan en Ifill.: Here you will find houses by the score with only one entrance, and no back door whatever. Can those houses be hea)thy" Further, is it not time that such that hav? been erected aoove the Arches in Lowther-street, Hunter- stieet, and Ritson-street, should not be con- demned as unfit for habitation? Yes, we have our slum areas, which may not be as bad as those are in our large towns, yet they are far too bad to be allowed to remain, and I have not mentioned l'uddler's-row, and a part of Slielone-ioad and Recent-street. West. And what of Row Fach, which is half the time under water? We need but to open our eyes to find that we have our slum areas.

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BRITON FERRY NOTES.

LLANDILO.