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Mountain Ash Jottings.

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Mountain Ash Jottings. BY LUCIFER. Mountain Ash Council and Aberdare Council seem to be moving simultan- eously in the direction of improving and extending their mode of transit. In the case of Aberdare revolutionary changes and improvements are de- signed, notably the extension of the tramways from Trccynon to Hirwain, and the substitution of rail trams for railless buses between Aberaman and Aberewmboi. In the "Aberdare Leader" last week the news was published of two private meetings held by the Mountain Ash District Council, at which' the provision of trams was considered. This ques- tion has been brought within the range of practical politics through the appli- cation made a few weeks ago by the South Wales transport Co., Ltd.. Swansea, for permission and licences to run motor omnibuses between Aber- cwmboi and Abercynon, through Moun- tain Ash and Penrhiwceiber. A local firm is also in the field, viz., Messrs. Goughs Garage Co., Mountain Ash. This firm owns very serviceable motor cars for special purposes at present, and they can be relied upon to organise a splendid service for the dis- trict. The Council have decided to grant licences to both companies for 12 months, with an addendum that at the expiration of 12 months the licences may not be renewed. There is another provision, and that is, that the owners of the motor omni- buses must pay to the Council three- eighths of a penny per car mile towards the maintenance of the roads. 1 don't know how the companies will look upon that clause. When licences were granted to private people to run motor omnibuses in Aberdare, no such stipu- lation hampered the firm's progress. It is a risky undertaking to build or buy a costly set of motor buses, to pay three-eighths of a penny per car mile for running them, and then at the end of 12 months to face the possibility of having to sell up. It would also be a pity if two companies started services. Surely one company could adequately serve a district where no service at all exists at present. The reason why the Council make it plain that the licences may not be re- newed for the second year is that they are contemplating the provision of tram- cars and railless traction, somewhat similar to what Aberdare now enjoy and appreciate. It is their intention to promote a Bill in Parliament to obtain powers to construct tramways, and with this in view Mr Stephen Sellon, of Westminster, London, has been en- gaged to prepare a preliminary report as to where and how they should be laid. The Mountain Ash urban district is very awkwardly situated geographic- ally. Ynysybwl cannot hope to share in the blessing unless they have railless cars for the village. Then there are two main roads running all the way down from Mountain Ash to Aber- cynon. Cardiff Road runs through Newtown and along a lengthy unpopu- lated portion of the district. Between Newtown and Abercynon there are no houses, and yet this is that main road to Pontypridd and Cardiff, and the one most used by motor cars. The other road runs through Miskin, the whole length of Penrhiwceiber, through Tyntetown and Ynysboeth. With the exception of about a hundred yards between Penrikyber Colliery and Tyntetown there are houses all the way to the extreme end of Abercynon. This is evidently the route that will be selected, and there ought to be plenty of traffic to make the tramways pay. However, the idea of linking up the districts by means of trams must be abandoned. The Penrhiwceiber Road leads to Carnetown and not to Cilfyn- ydd, where the terminus of the Ponty- pridd tramways lies. It would be very nice to be able to travel all the way on road trams from Hirwain to Treforest, but obviously there must be a break at Abercynon, and passengers must cross from one side of the town to the other to join the Pontypridd service. The scheme will undoubtedly meet with strong opposition by the T.V.R. Co., who have only just placed a new halt on their line for the convenience of the residents of Tyntetown and Ynysboeth. Possibly the big ratepay- ers, notably Messrs. Nixon Colliery Co., will also oppose a Bill for such powers, on the ground that such a system of trams would not pay.. The Aberdare scheme was objected to by many people, and it was only on the third time of asking that a Parliamen- tary Bill was passed. Let Mountain Ash make a start now. If they don't get powers to construct trams they will very likely obtain sanction to widen streets, etc., and so prepare for another application later on. Their neighbours all have trams—Aberdare, Pontypridd, and the Rhondda, and why not Moun- tain Ash. So Ahercynon is to have its Park. The,C3,000 required for the purpose has been granted and obtained, and now all that remains is for the Council to get to work to lay out the grounds and fence it in. When is Penrhiwceiber going to start agitating for a Recreation Ground? Penrhiwceiber boys (or adults) behaved very badly when they had a small Park some years ago. v The Executive Committee of the Mountain Ash Relief Fund should join Aberdare in bringing pressure on the P.D. Co. to pay the miners' war levy into the local funds instead of sending the proceeds direct to Buckingham Palace. The Lower Duffryn Colliery is I at Mountain Ash, and that town should have the credit of what money is given at that colliery. Aberdare will be satisfied if it gets the proceeds of all the other P.D. Collieries on the Aber- dare Valley, and a letter to that, effect has been sent to Mr E. M. Hann, J.P., the general manager, by the Aberdsre Committee.

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