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ABERDARE. MEETING OP THE LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH. At a general meeting of this Board, held at the Town- hall, on Monday last, the following gentlemen were present R. Fothergill, Esq., Crawshay Bailey, Esq., M.P., Messrs. David Davis, D. Williams, R. H. Rhys, J. Jones, Philip Jones, G. Davies, and the Rev. T. Price. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. On the motion of Mr. CriNvshaw Bailey, seconded by Mr. D. Davis, Mr. R. Fothergill was elected chairman for the ensuing year. -L SURVEYORS KLLOUR, The Surveyor (Mr. W. S. Rampling) presented the following report "Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen,-In reference to the subject of providing the most effectual means of cleansing tho town, with regard to which I was requested by the last meeting to prepare a report, I have given the matter a careful consideration, an,l the most economical and simple metholl which has suggested itself, is to divide the district from the bridge crossing the river Cynou at the bottom of Harriot-street, Heol-y-felin, to a point near the Aberamau works, into two districts, with six places of deposit attached to each. What may be termed district No 1, will comprise the whole of Mill-street and the neighbourhood, and that portion of tho town of iberdare, bounded by Station-street and Cross-street and No. 2, commencing from the boundary of those two streets, and extending to the Aberaman Bridge, including the whole of Abergwawr and Treaman. The places of deposit have been all selected, and would be more minutely described in the specification. The present contract, I think, might be abandoned with advantage, and tenders should be advertised for, for cleansing the whole of these localities under one contract. This should include the removal of the night soil, at a fixed rate, as well as the cinders, aÙes, and other refuse, but it should not interfere with the present system of sweeping the streets. With regard to th0 outlying districts of Hirwaun and Cwmbach, they would require separate contracts, the extreme distances being too great, the population too scattered, to be placed under one contractor. One horse and cart for each would probably be sufficient (going round throe times a week) to meet the requirement of these districts. Both these places are in a very filthy state, and certainly require the presence of the scavenger as much as Aberdare. In arranging the districts to which I have referred, my object has beea to sa,ve the necessity of carting tha refuse great distances, which would necessarily be the 1 case were there only one or i.w [Jauei of deposit. I am 1 not sufficiently acquainted with the neighbourhood to say i whether this refuse could be sold to advantage, but I | should rather incline to the opinion that the parties should be allowed the same for the use of the land, which would perhaps in the long run be more economical than selling the refuse, and paying rent for the places of deposit. This is, however, a question on which, as I have said, I am scarcely in a position to express an opinion. The follow ing persons have deposited building plans in accordance with the requirements of the Board :— Thomas Morgan and William Morgan, two cottages each on the Biaeugawr estate John Butler, two cottages, Mill-street W. Morgan Ileece and Henry James, each two cottages on the Gadlys estate AVilliam Jenkins, a cottage, Mill-street AVilliam Thomas, a cottage, Cae- jackey; AVilliam Edwards, a cottage, Albert-street; Samuel Williams, four cottages, Aberaman the Trustees of the Calvauistic Methodist Chapel, alteration of present house adjoining the chapel; R. Sloper, Esq., a house on the Abergwawr estate, Aberaman. The plans of John AVilliams, Howell Jenkins, Lewis Lewis, Evan Lloyd, and John Jones, are objectionable only on the ground that no roads have been made to the sites on which they propose to build.-Thomas Gethen has sent in a plan for the erection of a stable and brewhouse on the Maesvdre estate. There arc some serious objections to the plan itself, but under the resolution of a previous meeting, I apprehend that no building on the Maesvdre estate can be sanctioned until the drainage has been commenced. The Trustees of the Blaengwawr Building Society have deposited plans for the erection of ten cottages at Fa,t.:1meo], but as they were only left with me on Friday, I have not had time to examine the sites, and cannot, therefore, express any opinion with regard to them. Notwithstanding tho examples which have been already made, Thomas AVilliams, whose plans for a washhouse on Hirwaun Common was rejected by the Board, is proceeding with the erection, and intends con- verting it into a dwelling-house. Several other huts are also in course of erection, but by whom,I have been unable to ascertain. David Vaughan, of Aberaman, proposes to make an addition to his present house, but it seems from tile plan, that the front is to extend over the pavement, and that there will also be an encroachment on a private road. I need hardly say that this will be highly objectionable, as it will not only destroy the present line of frontage, but will exclude the public from the use of the pavement." On the question of scavenging, the Surveyor was instructed to advertise for tenders for the districts of Aberdaro and Hirwaun, but in regard to Cwmbach, fears were entertained by some members of the Board whethei the present roall was passable for a horse and cart. That the road is very narrow, and greatly iu want of repair, was admitted by all and it was ultimately determined to adjourn the question until the next meeting, the Sur- veyor, in the meantime, to prepare a report upon the state of the road, and the best way of widening it, and putting it into proper repair. The building plans recommended by the Surveyor were all passed, and the others refused, for the reasons specified in the report. The circumstances of Thomas Williams having com- menced his house on the common without the permission of the Board, gave rise to another discussion as to the moral and social evils which must arise from tho huts being allowed to be erected on the common. Mr. Davis stated that about three months ago he lost a horse, and on Tuesday last another was stolen—there was every reason to believe by some of the" gq uatters" on the common. Rev. T. Price said this was a corroboration of what he had before expressed, that to the tradesmen of the town the occupation of the common by these fellows, was of very secondary importance as compared with the way in which it must affect the owners of property. They would find it to be a very serious affair by and by. He had heard that a man eccupying a house on Mrs. Gwynne. Halford's estate had turned a horse on the common for a little time, and shortly after it was missed. No intelli- gence could bo gained as to its whereabouts," until three days after, when it was tound in one of these huts. The Chairman fully concurred in the observations which had been made on this subject, but that was not exactly the question before the meeting. Here was a man build- ing a cottage, not only without the sanction, but in spite of the refusal of the Board to grant permission, and the Board could proceed against the party who had thus set them at defiance, whether the house were on Hu- waun Common, or anywhere else. Immediate proceedings were directed to be taken against the offender. Mr. Hollier (the clerk) stated that the men who had been summoned and convicted in a penalty of £ 10, for building on the Common without the sanction of tha Board, had each been committed for a month in default of payment. He had written to the General Board to ascer- tain whether, after the parties had undergone their term of imprisonment, proceedings could be again taken against theai until the huts were removed. The following is the reply which he received General Board of Health, 'Whitehall, "23rd Aug., 1855. Sir,-I am directed by the General Board of Health to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th inst., requesting information as to the powers of the Local Board of Health, under the 33rd section of the Public Health Act, to pull down buts which have been erected without previous notice and deposit of plans. I may state in reply that the Local Board may pull down the hut, or