Finance Committee. The above committee reported as fol- lows:- Salaries.—The Clerk laid before the Committee the applications of Messrs G. D. Morgan, W. T. Hilder, and W. J. Williams, for increases in their salary, and conveyed to the members the following recommendations of the Tramways and Lighting Committees thereon:—That the salary of Mr G. D. Morgan be increased from 40s. to 50s. per week; W. T. Hilder from 40s. to 50s. per week; W. J. Williams from 52s to 60s. per week. The Clerk also laid before the committee the application of Mr Evan Walters, the shorthand typist in his department, for an increase in salary. Resolved to recommend that Mr. Walters' salary be increased from 20s. to 25s. per week. Forecourts.—Resolved that this com- mittee consent to the payment (out of the L500 provided in the estimate for contingences) for the acquiring of the forecourts of Nos. 70, 71, and 72 Cardiff Road, Aberaman and the work in con- nection, therewith.—Resolved that the Chairman of the Council, Chairman of the Roads Committee, and the Sur- veyor, again endeavour to arrange terms with Mr R. Morgan for his inter- est in the forecourts of Nos. 13, 14 and 15 Cardiff Road, Aberaman.
Cabstands. The Roads and Streets Committee re- ported :—" The Clerk read a letter from cab proprietors asking that the Whit- combe Street Stand should still be util- ized for three cabs, as the Black Lion Stand was a very undesirable one in manj respects. A letter was also read from the tradesmen of Victoria Square, complaining of the congregating of vehicles on the Black Lion Stand. The Surveyor was directed to report fully on this question to the next meeting of this committee."
Open-Air School and Isolation Hospital. The Health and School Medical Com- mittee reported Your committee, with Mr E. C. H. Maidman, architect for the proposed New Isolation Hospi- tal, visited the proposed sites, when, after consideration thereof and dis- cussion thereon, it was moved by Coun- cillor Dd. Davies, seconded hy Coun- cillor E. Ogwen Williams, that the hos- pital be built on the north-west of the existing hospital buildings. The following amendment was moved by Councillor Illtyd Hopkins, seconded: by Councillor ldwal Thomas, that a portion of the field behind Mr Thomas Williams' buildings be utilised for the erection of the Hospital. Upon being put to the meeting, the amendment was carried bv 6 votes to 3. Unanimously resolved to recommend that the north-west portion of the field referred to in the above resolution be the site for the Hospital, and that tr. Maidman be requested to prepare a new block plan, estimate, etc., in eon- nection therewith, after hearing from the Health Committee as to the aeeom- modation. etc., required. Resolved to recommend that having regard to the selection of the above site for the hospital, the open air school site already decided upon be adhered to, and that the Director of Education be authorised to forward to the Board of I Education the final plans thereof."
Allotments. The Surveyor reported upon the dis- tribution of the allotments let by the Council, and suggested that notices he served upon all the holders thereof in the autumn, to terminate their tenan- cies in the early months of 1915, and that such allotments be re-divided and re-distributed at that time. The above recommendation was adopted. The Clerk was directed to write Capt. Roberts to ascertain whether he had any available land for allotments.
Cwmbach Recreation Ground. The Surveyor reported that the mem- hers of the Blaengwawr Ward and him- self had visited the piece of land scheduled in the Council's Act of 1911, for a recreation ground at Cwmbach, also other sites, and that they con- sidered the field known as the "Fuel Work Field," far more suitable as a recreation ground than the piece scheduled, in extent and in other re- spects. Resolved that the terms of Lord Mer- thvr be sought for this piece of ground, and that the piece of land scheduled in the Council's Act be abandoned.
Appointment of Gravedigger-Caretaker It was resolved that Mr Wm. Rowe, of 85 Brecon Road, Hirwain, who has already been employed at the burial ground, be appointed gravedigger-care- taker for the Hirwain Cemetery, at the weekly wage of 22s. with free tenancy of lodge.
Abercwmboi Recreation Cround. Mr Illtyd Hopkins referred to the need of a recreation ground at Aber- cwmboi. The most suitable pla6e was a field at the rear of Bethlehem Chapel, which was now leased to the Cwmbach Co-operative Society. That was the piece of haul Abercwmboi people want- ed. There was another spot between the Abercwmboi Slaughterhouse and Aberaman. He would move that the Parks Committee visit the place, and meet Mr I". iNI. Hann and Mr Evan Jones, the secretary of the Cwmbach Co-op. Society. There was no portion of the district so badly in need of a recreation ground as Abercwmboi. Mr Wm. Rees seconded, and the motion was carried.
Abercwmboi Workmen's Fares. Mr Wm. Rees called attention to a hardship inflicted on the Abercwmboi workmen, who had to pay the full fare of 2d. in going to Cwmaman Colliery and 2d. again coming back. Those workmen should be allowed to travel at half rate the same as workmen in other parts of the district. The Chairman said he sympathised with Mr Rees' contention, and sug- gested that the matter be referred to the Trnimvavs Committee. This course was agreed to. I
Aberdare Council's Area Near Ferndale An application had been received from a builder's syndicate, for the ap- proval of plans for the erection of about 200 houses on the boundary be- tween the Council's area and that of the Rhondda I roan Council on the moun- tain side near Ferndale. In order to approve such plans, the Aberdare Coun- cil have entered into an arrangement with the Rhondda Council for the sup- ply of water to the proposed houses and with the Rhondda and Pontypridd Joint Sewerage Board for the disposal of the sewerage. The scheme will entail a rather heavy outlay on the Aberdare Council. The terms stipulate that a sum of 9d. per 1,000 gallons is to be paid for the re- quisite water, the minimum supply to he 10,000 gallons per day.
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Pat at the Hub. Mister Iditor,—An how are ye sor, thiig- moighty long toime, an do ye know whire ()i am at the prisint. Shure man an' its at the hub. An may it plase yer honur whin Oi asks versilf not to make a mishtake, hub Oi said, H-u-b. An Oi shuppose ye can't see an what the divil Oi am driving at, well yer honur its like this, Oi deceided to shift me lodgings on Thursday of lasht week, an here Oi foilld mesilf in the hub of the uni- verse," that well-known sulubrious an health giving resort called Abercynon. An is that big word spelt roight sor, Oi know yer will, loike the big foine gin- tlenian ye are. put mesilf roight if Oi sthart to go wrong. Bedad an Oi shall go wrong in a minute the ink is nearly all gone, an Biddy is too busy to go tc Mishtor Field for a pint. An do ye know the gintleman sor. Oi wint in the shop the other noiglit an asked mosht sivately loike, for the "Aberdare Leader," Whin Oi go to a sthrange place Oi always thry an foind a good leader, and Oi found one this noight, roight enough. Before Oi had hardly finished the word it was on the counter, talk about hustle, Abercynon is the place. Be jabers an ye should see the station, its loike the promised land, its grate, viry grate. Oi shuppose Oi musht say how Oi came to shift, it was done in day loight sor, an not by moon- loight. Oi tried to arrange wid Mishtor Lukey. but we failed to come to terms, so mesilf an Bridget came to the con- clusion to take all our belongings on the wheelbarrow, mi cups medals, plate an jewellery an ivirything Oi had. Bedad man an it wis hot, an whin we got to the Mountain Ash Inn Oi wint in to have a dhrink. Thin Oi shook the Aber- dare dust from off mi clothes an said farewell, a long farewell. Mishtor Austin asked mesilf what was the mat- ter, so wid a tear in mi voice, an a sob in mi eye, Oi towld him Oi was laving. An whire are ye goin says he. To the Hub of the Universe" savs Oi. An Oi filt that Oi would much' rather go to Killarey. that swate little cotlnthry whire the shamrock grows, an whin Oi was sitting on the handles of the bar- row, Oi thought of the old toimes we used to have over thire, of the Horse Shoe lake and the Divils bridge. Tnin all of a sudden loike Oi said to mesilf, and what's the matter with yersilf, so Oi looked round for Biddy an off we stharted once more. We got through the Mount alroight an whin we got to Penswiper, an is that correct sor. Its Penwiper Oi mane sor. Begorra sor an that sounds sthrange, come here Biddy, what was the name of that place whire we were spaking to Mishtor Owen Tre- harne. Oi have it, eor, P-e-n-r-h-i-w- c-e-i-b-e-r. Biddy is mosht spendacious as a scholar, she is a trate, an what the divil Oi should do widout her now in the middle of mi throubles an trials well the divil only knows, ispecially pushing the wheelbarrow up the hills. As Oi said before, whire Oi was before Oi sthopped in. the place whire Oi foind mesilf at the prisent toimes, Oi spoke a few words to Mishtor Treharne an he wished mesilf luck an off we wint once more, an further down the strate we met Councillor Morris. It's a foine gintleman he is sor from the tip of his fate to the sole of his head. We had no toime to sthop, an at lasht we ar- rived at Tyntetown. Oi put the barrow down at the top of Millborne Strate an' the bhoys came 'round, an one nice little colleen wanted to know if "We was the circus." Oi was sthruck spache- less, Oi had not considered live stock be- fore. Biddy wint to Mishtor Ladd and Saiw for some buscuits an Oi wint to th. Tynte Hotel for a stone ginger, an whin Oi came out Oi mit mi viry old friend Dan Sheane, an' Oi had a small chat wid him. Oi was sorry to notice that he was practically a cripple. Tynte- town, yes yer honur Oi have swate memories of Tynte, an' of a hiding Oi had thire some few years ago. Oi shall say more of Tynte another toime, so for the prisint Oi musht push the bar- row. Down below the church, Oi met a gintleman wid one arm; an another gintleman wid a bicycle wheel in his hand had just left him. so Oi sthopped an had a small chat wid him, an' he towld me that he jist been appointed caretaker of the Library, an' Oi asked him for a pipe of tobacco, an' Oi had it too sor, so now Oi take the opportuni- ty of thanking him. It smoked a trate. Down a small bit further we got to Ynysboeth, an' the special attractions thire that evening were a horse lying on the ground at the bottom of the hill bv the Ynysboeth Hotel. He was tired like mysilf Oi shuppose. An* thire wai- a foine crowd around him. Lower down the strate thire was a man an a swate little colleen, an' a lady on the door- sthen looking for a threepenny piece. Biddy an' mesilf asked what was the matter, so they towld us, an' we left the barrow in the middle of the road, an' yer own swate Patrick had the pleasure of looking at it( no more than that sor), an' pointing it out lying mosht swately on the pavement. Off we stharted once more an' arrived at Abercynon, puffing an' blowing, an' ye should have seen us goin' down the hill wid Biddy holding on behind. At the bottom we sthopped an' had a chat wid Mishtor Fenwick. At lasht we arrived at our lodgings, so Bridget Maloney stayed in to arrange the furniture an prepare for visitors. Shure man, an' we are goin' to enter- tain in foine style, an Oi mesiIf wint to the Palace. It's a nice swate little place, an' the besht of it was, nixt to mesilf thire was a gintleman who would kape on ixplaining the pictures all the toime in Welsh. Oi was losht eom- plately on the way he was hitting me- silf in fifth rib an' slaPPing mi back, Oi came to the conclusion that it was a mosht forcible language to be handled wid care. Niver moind Oi got out alive. So now mi bhoys Oi am at Abercvnon \f. ye •1?ike Pat to attend Wed- dings, Tea-foights, Dances, Christenings, etc., etc., send the invitations along an" have a thry to catch him. Oi have been towld thire are a smart set of voung fellows at Abercynon. Have a thrv to ^a|ch Patrick Rope in touch wid the Leader w^eek by week, but rimimber Oi sthand 6 fate inches an' weigh about 16 ton. It's beggin' yer pardon Oi am sor, 1 stone Oi mane. so Oi will now sthop.—Oi am sor, Your obedient servant. PATRICK EAFFEETY.
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Aberdare District Council. On Monday, Mr W. Thomas in the chair. The other members present were: Mr Owen Powell (vice-chairman), Messrs. Wm. Rees, Ogwen Williams, Illtyd Hopkins, T. Walter Williams, Id- wal Thomas, Geo. Powell, Evan Jones, David Davies, D. R. Llewelyn, E. Stonelake, W. M. Llewelyn, D. Jack- son Thomas, and J. 0. George, with Messrs. D. Llewelyn Griffiths (clerk), A. Watkins (deputy clerk), Owen Wil- liams (surveyor), A. S. Morris (deputy surveyor), Dr. J. Ll. Prichard (medical officer), A. J. Abraham (general manager, Electric Works), H. King < (Tramways manager), H. T. Golds- worthy (accountant), and Ernlyn Davies (junior clerk).
Water Charges. At the Water and Sewerage Commit- tee the Clerk stated that he was of opinion, after consultation with the Accountant and Water Rate Collector, that the Council's charges for water supply should, in the interests of the Council, be materially revised, and it was resolved that the Clerk prepare and submit to the next meeting of this committee a report upon water charges.
Health and Housing Committee. The above committee's report was as follows :— New Hospital.—After consideration of the report of the Medical Officer of Health,' it was moved by Councillor 'Evan Jones, seconded by Councillor J. O. George, that the architect be re- quested to prepare two alternative tohemes and estimates embodying the provision of 40 and 50 beds respective- ly.—The Clerk was also instructed to write to the architect, that the Council suggest that he should consider the adoption of the Cubicle System for the administration block. Dairymen's Request.—A deputation of dairymen trading in the district ap- peared before the committee, and through Mr John Evans, Penywain, and Mr John Jordan, Llwyncoch Farm, appealed to the committee to abstain from proceeding against all persons from whom samples of milk found to be deficient in butter fat are taken, unless it can be proved that such milk has been wilfully tampered with. After careful consideration of the above ap- peal, your committee decided that they had no power to depart from the stand- ard set down and required by the Regu- lations of the Board of Agriculture, and that therefore all proceedings in respect of reported cases of deficient milk should be left to the committee's dis- cretion as before. Building Plans.—Resolved that the plan for the proposed conversion of Nos. 3 and 4 Green Street into one I dwelling house be disapproved of, the same not complying with the Council's Byelaws. Resolved that a special meeting ofj this committee be held at an early date for the following business: To visit sites for the proposed erection of 200 houses. To appoint tenants for the Abernant Tenements. (A list of appli- cants with particulars to be sent to the members in due course.) Regulations as to Housing. 30 Elizabeth Street. The Clerk read a communication from the Home Secretary with respect to an application from the Chamber of Trade for an amendment of Closing Order No. 3, and further thereon. The Clerk was instructed to reply to the above communication. Public Convenience for Both Sexes.— Your committee had under consider- ation the location of the proposed Public Convenience, when it was unani- mously resolved to recommend that the same be constructed on the Black Lion Square, and that the Surveyor be di- rected to prepare an estimate, plan, etc., thereof for consideration by this committee.—The Surveyor was also in- structed to report generally upon public conveniences.
School for Mothers. The Health Committee met on May 15th and made the following recom- mendations, among others:- (1) That the proposed establishment be in future termed 'The Infants Con- sultation Centre.' (2) That the neces- sary notice to give up possession of the two rooms in the Public Health Build- ing be served forthwith on the Welsh National Memorial Association, and that such rooms be utilised for the pur- poses of this Consultation Centre. (3) That the undertaking be launched by means of introductory consultations, and the procuring and fixing up of the necessary apparatus (weighing scales, etc.). (4) That the Medical Officer of Health he directed to prepare an estim- ate of the cost of the sterilizing of milk electrically and otherwise, and of the cost of bottles (singly and in casket form). The above steps are intended as a preliminary proceeding to the es- tablishment of a Municipal Milk Depot in conjunction with the Consultation Centre. Death of Col. Phillips. The Clerk referred to the death of Col. Phillips, the late Clerk to this Council, which took place that morning at Abermellte, when it was unanimously resolved that the heartfelt sympathy of this commit- tee be extended to Mrs. Phillips and the family of the late Col. Phillips in their sad bereavement.
Tenders. Resolved that the tender of Mr Dd. Rees, Trecynon, at JE89 15s. for the erection of a stable and cart shed at The Tramway Depot, be accepted. Three tenders had been received.
Robertstown and Cwmbach Bridges. A committee of the whole Council, meeting on May 26th, reported:— As an urgent matter, the Surveyor invited the Council's consideration of the material to be used for the flooring of the Robertstown Bridge, and sug- gested that having regard to the in- tention to use the bridge for vehicular as well as for pedestrian traffic, and to the considerable vibration at that spot owing to the railway traffic and shunt- ing, the flooring should be constructed of steel troughing in lieu of concrete, and that the additional cost thereof after certain adjustments would be be- tween £ 80 and £ 90 approximately. After hearing the Surveyor thereon, it was unanimously resolved that steel troughing be substituted for concrete in the construction of the flooring of tie Robertstown Bridge, at an additional cost of between tSO and R90 approxi- mately.—The flooring of the Cwmbach Bridge was left entirely to the Sur- veyor's discretion."
Increase in Wages. Equal to a id. Rate. An adjourned committee meeting of the Council was held on Thursday, June 4th. Present: Councillors Wm. Thomas (chairman), W. M. Llewelyn, ldwal Thomas E. Stonelake, E. Ogwen -Williams, G. b. Powell, David Davies, David E. Davies, Wm. Rees, and Illtyd Hopkins. The committee further con- sidered the wages of the Employees of the Council, and recommended in- creases as follows:— Surveyor's Department.—6 roadmen, able bodied and capable, increase from 27s. to 29s.; 7 roadmen, not able bodied and capable, 27s., no change; 14 sweepers, able bodied and capable, 27s. to 29s.: 1 sweeper, not able bodied, 27s., no change; 1 do., do., 25s. to 26s.; 1 do., do., 24s., no change; 1 yardman, 27s. to 28s.; 5 lampcleaners, 27s. to 28s.; 7 sewermen, 5 raised to 30s. and 2 to 29s.; 2 enginemen (roller), 35s. to 35s. 6d.; 2 scarifier men, 29s. to 30s.; 2 spreaders, 29s. to 30s.; 1 fitter, 38s. to 40s.; 1 fitter, 31s. to 32s.; 1 jointer (labourer), 29s. to 32s.; I waterman, 27s. to 29s.; 1 waterman, 1 park keeper, 1 park inspector, 2 park labour- ers, not able bodied, 1 park keeper (Cwmaman), no change; 1 gasfitter, 37s to 38s.; 6 masons, 9d., and 1 painter, 7jd. (trade union rate of wages with 2 present hours); 1 urinal cleaner, not bodied and capable, 29s. to 30s. 11 1 ejector man, very light work; 1 re- servoir caretaker, no change; 1 re- servoir caretaker assistant, 27s. to 29s.; 2 enginemen, waterworks, 29s. to 30s.; 1 boatman, 1 bathman, 3 grave- diggers, 1 cemetery roadman, not able bodied, no changel 1 disinfector (27s.) and 1 hospital porter (27s.), deferred to Council meeting. 6 labourers, able bodies and capable, 29s. to 30s. 11 labourers, able bodied, 27s. to 29s. 3 labourers, not able bodied, 27s., no change; 21 scavenging hauliers, all able bodied, 29s. 6d. to 31s. 1 ostler, 29s. 6d. to 31s. 2 scavenging tip labourers, not able bodied, 27s., no change. 5 stonebreakears, Is. lOd. per ton to 2s. per ton. 1 labourer, not able bodied, 1 scavenger foreman, 3 watch- men, and 1 caretaker, no change. Tramways and Electric Light Depart- ment.—3 foremen, per shift, 5s. 4d. per day to 5s. 9d.; 5 foremen assistants, per shift, 4s. 10d. to 5s. Id.; 3 crane- men, per shift, 4s., to 4s. 6d. as crane- men and 4s. 9d. as wheelers; 1 senior shift engineer, per week, 37s. to 39s. Resolved to recommend that the above increases take effect as from Wednesday, the 10th instant. Tramways Department. Resolved to recommend that the following wages be paid, and the undermentioned con- ditions be made operative in the work- ing of the Tramway Department:— Motormen: To commence, 4s. 9d. per average 9 hour turn; after six months, 5s.; after one year, 5s. 3d.; after one and a half years, 5s. 6d. Conductors: To commence, 3s. 9d. per average f),, hour turn; after six months, 4s.; after one year, 4s. 3d. after one and a half years, 4s. 6d. Youths on Trackless Cars Age, 16 years, 3s. per average 9^ 2 hour turn; age 17 years, 3s. 3d.; age 13 years, 3s. 6d. Time and a quarter I to he paid for Sunday work. Double time to be paid for all Bank Holidays, Christmas Day and Good Fridav to count as Bank Holidays. Holidays: Inspectors, 14 days, and Motormen and Conductors seven days with pay per annum. I nanimously resolved to recommend to the Council that two district fore- men be employed from the present Council employees to supervise the workmen and to act under Mr R. R. Price, the present foreman, at a weekly wage of t2 each the Surveyor to allo- cate their districts. The Surveyor now recommended that Richard John and Scourfield be ap- pointed, and this was adopted. The Chairman referred to the prac- tice of some people in beating mats in the main streets. He had seen it done at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. He had also seen two men sweeping the roads in the afternoon, irrespective of the nearness of shops and irrespective of people passing at the time. That sort of thing ought to be stopped. He sug- gested that the whole matter be re- ferred to the Roads and Streets Com- mittee, and that the duties of the two men now promoted he detined. Mr D. Davies moved this. and the motion was adopted. In the course of discussion subse- quently, it was stated that the above increases amounted to over 7C700 a year, the Surveyor's department taking £ 378. The whole increase was equal to about a Id. rate.
Burial Fees. The Clerk read a communication from the Home Secretary, asking the grounds upon which the Council intend- ed to reduce the burial fees in cases where an interment takes places in a grave within two years of a previous interment. After consideration of the matter, and hearityj the Clerk thereon, it was resolved to recommend that the practice above referred to be discon- tinued, and that the schedule of fees sent to the Home Secretary for ap- proval, be altered accordingly.
Destructor and Dust Nuisance. The Lighting Committee reported: I Explosives in Refuse.—The Manager of the Electricity Works reported an explosion in one of the furnaces caused by a live cartridge, and the discovery of other cartridges in refuse about to be burnt. Resolved that the Clerk again circulate the ironmongers and chemists in the district, also the com- manding officer of the local Territorial I Corps, warning them against placing cartridges in refuse. Dust Catcher. The Manager sub- mitted a plan showing a design by which the alleged nuisance caused by dust from the destructor being deposit- ed at Maesydre, could be remedied; also a tender from Mr D. Tyssul Davies for the carrying out of the design, viz., £ 23 18s. Resolved that the above tender be accepted and that the work be commenced forthwith. There was a report by the Medical Officer on the dust nuisance, in which he stated :— Some of the objects blown about are half an inch in length. There can be no doubt that the distribution of this dust is a nuisance injurious to health, as it is most irritating to the eyes and bronchial tubes. Some of the objects that came through on Saturday were unsterilised, and I think all sani- tarians will agree that there should be complete combustion in what is gener- ally known as a Destructor. Although small coal might cause a nuisance, yet it would not be as offensive to people as half-burnt refuse, and possibly it would be better for you to burn small coal until you are in a position to deal with your refuse in an efficient, clean and hygienic manner." Mr. Idwal Thomas said that the im- provement carried out at the Destruc- tor Works had not made much differ- ence. The dust was still unbearable in Maesydre, and as bad as ever. Mr. Abraham said he hardly believed that the nuisance was quite so bad as before. A dust-catcher had been in- stalled and two cart-loads of dust were caught up daily, which otherwise would be spread over the country. |Mr. George Powell remarked that the two cart-loads were only an infinite- simal portion of the stuff that was be- ing peppered over Maesydre. It was time to deal with the matter drastic- ally, and he gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that no refuse be used in the Destructor until the thing was put in order.
Ratepayers' Association's Request Refused. The Aherdare and District Ratepay- ers' Association, through the lion, secretary. Mr T. W. Griffiths, asked to be furnished with a printed copy of the minutes of the monthly meetings of the Council. The letter further stated that the request was not made m any antagonistic spirit. Clerk.: Do they want it before or after the meeting ? Mr. Stonelake: We shall have the Free Church Council and the Trades Council asking for copies soon. Mr T. W. Williams: It is a reflection on the local Press that they don't re- pert our meetings fully. Mr Ogwen Williams: We send copies to the Free Libraries. Mr Geo. Powell: Are the minutes which are sent to members before the meetings, to be regarded as confiden- tial I was tackled on the road last Saturday by a very religious man re the report of the Destructor Commit- tee. He knew all about it, and I should like to know how he got hold of it. Chairman I hope it will be remem- bered that the minutes are to be abso- lutely private until the meetings are held. Mr ldwal Thomas moved that the Association's request be not entertain- ed. Mr D. J. Thomas seconded, and the motion was agreed to.
Increase of Salary. An application from Nurse Carter for an increase of salary was referred to the Finance Committee.
Destructor and Road, etc. The Destructor Sub-Committee re- ported: "The Committee interviewed Mr Hugh Thomas, owner of the estate, on the site of the Destructor, and en- deavoured to obtain his consent to give or sell the land for an approach road over the existing lower road, or from Elm Grove. This, however, Mr. Thomas declined to do. He was, how- ever, prepared to convey to the Coun- cil an area of approximately 3,030 square yards at a cost of £600, and to include a 24 feet road from the junction of Elm Grove to the west corner of the garden of the two cottages at the top of the Electricity Offices. The com- mittee feel that this is rather excessive, but the only alternative tb an approach road above the Destructor is to use an overhead crane, and the annual cost of the necessary electricity and labour re- quired to work same would considerably exceed the interest on the figure men- tioned by Mr. Thomas. The commit- tee, therefore, recommend that the price mentioned by Mr Hugh Thomas, namely, £600, be accepted, and that an approach road be made in extension to Elm Grove in order that the refuse for the Destructor should be tipped into a hopper constructed in the centre of the New Destructor. The sub-committee desire to point out that a portion of the ground proposed to be bought from Mr Hugh Thomas would be available for the erection of at least 8 workmen's dwellings. Mr. Ogwen Williams remarked that the committee stated there were only two alternatives. Mr Williams pro- ceeded to point out another scheme. It was stated that consent had been refused by the landowner. Mr Ogwen Williams Are we satis- fied about the land mentioned in the report ? It is a tip and held up by walls, and I don't know what to state about the stability of it. Mr W. R ees: Under the present scheme we will have to go through Elm Grove. In reply to a question, the Clerk said that the money had been borrowed under statute, and provided for de- structor purposes. The t3,000 loan was for Destructor purposes. So long as it was spent on the Destructor, they could do what they liked with the money. The report '8 adopted.
Advertising on the Trams. Motion Carried. I Mr D. R. Llewelyn moved: "That the question of advertising on Tram- ways be reconsidered and that the Council invite tenders for the right of advertising on cars." Mr Llewelyn added that there was no need to make a speech on the subject, inasmuch as it had been discussed on a previous occasion. The question had been brought to his notice at the time of his election, and he had promised to bring it forward. There was no in- tention of plastering the cars all over so that people would not be able to look out through the windows. There were people with aesthetic tastes at Cardiff, who had objected to advertisements on the cars, but they had been defeated, and the advertisements were a great source of income to the Council there. Now that wages had been increased about £ 700 a year, this Council would have to study economy, and a revenue of £ 400 a year might easily be got from this move. He understood that the Council had opposed advertisements on a previous occasion because Mr Sellon had advised it. Well, if the Council al- ways went diametrically opposed to Mr Sellon's advice they could not be far wrong. (Laughter.) Mr George Powell, in seconding, said he had voted against advertisements when the question came on before. He did not consider the offer of £ 200 a war substantial enough. They should have t400 at least, or he would not enter- tain it. Mr E. Stonelake moved a direct nega- tive. He had said what he had fo say on two previous occasions, and the Scripture exhorted people not to cast pearls before swine. ("Oh!" and laugh- ter.) Mr J. O. George seconded the amend- ment. He did not know whether Mr George Powell had an aesthetic taste at the back of his head, but he (Mr. Seorge) had it right in front of him. Fo him those advertisements were an eyesore. A 'lovely' hoarding confront- ed him every morning when he got up from bed, and it made him heartily sick. The advertisements on hoardings and cars were an unmitigated nuisance. Mr Ogwen Williams supported the amendment, and said that the Aberdare cars were not designed for advertise- ments, which would disfigure them com- pletely. Where could those rectangular tablets, hearing advertisements, be placed h On the inside they could not he fixed without covering up the oak panels and maple. The people of Aber- dare took pride in the cars and were of the opinion that they were the pretti- est cars in South Wales, so why dis- figure the cars now? Mr Jackson Thomas said he was go- ing to support Mr Stonelake this time. (Laughter and applause.) He was over in M'erthvr recently, and he was dis- gusted with the advertisements on the Merthyr trams. They were plastered everywhere, and he was convinced that if the Council passed this motion, the Aberdare cars would be spoiled. Mr ldwal Thomas, in supporting the motion, said he did not think the cars would be disfigured, and t400 was too substantial a sum to refuse. Mr Owen Powell remarked that by al- lowing advertisements the Council might not only derive income, but would do good. Preaching services and like announcements would be posted up, and so bring them to the notice of the public. Mr Illtyd Hopkins and Mr D. Davies further supported the motion, and Mr T. W. Williams opposed. The Council divided, when 8 voted for the motion and 7 against. The re- sult was hailed with cheers by the vic- tors.
Reduction of Fares to Children. Mr Owen Powell moved: "That the charge on our Tramcars for children be- twen the ages of 3 to 14 years be re- duced to half fare." Mr Powell said that when the fares were originally fixed, the Council did not know whether the trams would be a success. But now they could venture to make a reduction in favour of chil- dren. There were hundreds of families living on a bare subsistence, and the difference between half fares and full fares was of great consideration to them. It had been stated in Abercwm- boi the other evening that it cost a family consisting of man and wife and four children, 43. to go up to Aberdare Park and back. Why, they could tra- vel that distance in a taxi for that money. He felt positive that the in- come would not be adversely affected by this reduction, because families who could not now afford to patronise the cars would then do so. Mr. Stonelake suggested that the age be 12 or 13, because even then boys of 1,1 would sure to be included. Mr Ogwen Williams thought the school age was the best age to fix. Mr Idn-al Thomas seconded Mr O. Powell, adding that he was convinced the revenue would be increased by adopting the motion. Mr T. W. Williams said he was par- ticularly anxious to extend the tram- way facilities to Abercwmboi and other places, and if the present profit were turned into a loss. Parliament would not grant those facilities. The Clerk suggested that the Id. minimum be maintained. Mr J. 0. George referred to the over- crowding on the cars. There were policemen always watching poor brake- drivers and prosecuting them if their brakes were overloaded, but the cars were being packed to suffocation, and even Councillors winked at it all. Mr D. R. Llewelyn suggested that the maximum age be 12. Asked his opinion, Mr Abraham said they might reduce the age to 12, and fix a Id. minimum, and experiment for three months. Mr T. W. Williams moved an amend- ment to that effect, and Mr Evan Jones seconded. Mr 0. Powell having replied to the discussion, his motion was agreed to, the age to be reduced to 12, with 1(( minimum, and no time limit.