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.A Carmarthenshire County Council. QUARfERLY MEETING AT CAR- MARTHEN. The usual quarterly meeting of the Main Roads Committee of the Carmarthenshire County Council was held at the Shire-hall, Carmarthen, on Wednesday (the 1st inst.), at 12.30 p.m. Mr J. S. Tregoning presided. There were also present:—Mr W. N. Jones, Tirydail; Mr W. J. Wilson, Llanelly Mr J. W. Gwynne-Hughes, Tregib; Mr D. C. Parry, Llanelly; Mr Thomas Jones, Llan- elly; Lieut.-Gen. Sir James Hills-Johnes, V.C., G.C.B. Mr Powell Jeffreys, Cynghordy; Professor D. E. Jones, Car- marthen Mr Joseph Joseph, Llangennuch Mr David Evans, Llangennech Park; Mr Watbins, Llandovery; Mr Hopkins, Llan- gadock; Mr John Rees, Dolgwm; Mr Daniel Stephens, Kidwelly; Rev T. Johns, Capel Als Mr T. R. Jones, Pencader Mr John Johns, Parceithin Mr R. W. Stephens, Cocdybrain; Mr John Thomas. Penlanargoed Mr H. J. Davies, Bremenda; Mr John Lloyd, Penybank; Mr H. J, Thomas, Llanfynydd Mr T. Jones. Penrhonw; Mr Harries, Ffrwd; Mr J. LI. Thomas, Tanlan Mr C. E. Morris, Pen- bryn; Mr James John, Carmarthen; Mr James Rees, Talgarth together with the clerk (Mr Thomas Jones), and the surveyors (Mr Daniel Phillips and Mr Bcwen Davies). THE CHAIRMAN AND TIIE BUSINESS. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, said that if someone had told him before the last meeting that he would be elected chair- man of the County Council, be would have said that it was as likely that he would be eh cted Prime Minister. When he read the intelligence of his election, he at first came to the couclusion that he would issue a circular to the members declining the appointment, as he had not the time to give j to the duties of the office. He had, however, received so many letters asking him not to do so—both from the aristocratic and the democratic sides of the Council—that he had not done so (applause). In the case of the Main Ronds Committee, the chairman was often required to confer with the Surveyor on the occasion of an emergency. He (the chairman) would not bo ablo to give the necessary time to that, as he lived at such a distance and he, therefore, moved that the vice-chairman (Mr W. N. Jones) should perform the duties of the chair in that respect. Mr W. J. Wilson seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. A DANGEROUS ROAD AT GREENCASTLE. During the discussion of the Surveyor's report, Mr John Johns drew attention to a portion of the road in the parish of Llangain, which wasjin a very dangerous condition. There was no fencing to prevent a vehicle on a dark night from rolling over into the river. The Chairman Don't you think it would be well to have the Surveyor to report on it at the next meeting ? Mr John Johns said he thought the matter required no reporting on it was at present in a very dangerous condition. The Chairman Can you describe it ? Mr John Johns said that he could not I describe it; but those who frequented the road, had told him that it was very danger- ous. Sir James Hills-Johnes said that the matter should have been brought before the Sub-committee for the Western Division. Mr John Lloyd said he did not think the matter very urgent. The road at Greeucasile had been in that condition ever since he could remember. Mr Joseph Joseph How long is that ? Mr John Lloyd I don't like to say (laughter). The Clerk said that in strict law, the Council had only to maintain the surface of the road. The leading case was that of the King v. the Justices of Carmarthenshire. Mr John Lloyd said that if the trippers came home sober from Llanstephan there would be no danger (laughter). Mr W. J. Wilson said that it was the duty of tho owner to fence the road. He had to do so at Pwll. Mr John Johns I give notice that I will move on the subject at the next meeting. Mr W. N. Jones said that it would ba as well for the clerk to look up the subject in the meantime, so as to find out exactly what the liability of the council was. The Clerk I have no need to look it up. I say that you are clearly not liable. Mr W. N. Jones I don't see why we should spend money on repairing other people's property. Mr John Johns I am prepared to discuss it now if you like (laughter). The matter then dropped. BREWERS, MERCHANTS, AND FARMERS. The report of the Extraordinary Traffic Committee then came on for consideration. Mr C. E. Morris moved that the considera- tion of the committee's report should be deferred until the next meeting as the committee would not be able to present an absolutely unanimous report on account of some discrepancies ia the bye-laws presented. Mr John Johns seconded the motion. Mr W. N. Jones moved a direct negative. He was not in favour of delaying the adoption of the bye-laws any further. Mr D. C. Parry seconded tho amendment. Mr John Lloyd supported Mr Morris' motion. The bye-laws at present looked as if they had been drawn up by a conclave of merchants and brewers (laughter). The brewer and the merchant could carry any- thing they liked irrespective of the width of 1 he tyres—even if the tyres were only half-an-inch wide. The farmer, however, could not fetch a load of bricks, except he had a 3.} in. tyre. Then, again, timber- merchants and hauliers were to be dealt with the utmost rigour of the law." There ought to be one law for all classes. What- ever were the loads in the vehicles, the same rules should apply. After some further discussion it was agreed by 15 votes to 6 to adjourn the matter until the next meeting. THE TALLEY BRIDGE—PWY SY'N TALU ? The Surveyor (Mr W. B. Davies) presen- ted his report — according to instructions received—as to the cost, etc., of erecting a biidge at Glanyrafonddu, which was demanded by the Parish Council of Talley. The estimate was £275. The Chairman asked if there was any communication as to the amount which the locality would contribute. That ought to come before the Council as well. The Clerk said that no communication had been received from the Parish Council on the matter. Professor D. E. Jones moved that the matter be referred back to a committee, until local contributions should be forth- coming. Mr Joseph Joseph seconded. Sir James Hills-Johnes supported this motion. Mr H. J. Thomas said that it was not fair to ask a poor locality like Talley to build a bridge for the county. The road was in a very dangerous condition. Mr W. N. Jones moved that the report of the Surveyor should be adopted subject to a local contribution of £ 100 being forth- coming. ————————————————" Mr David Evans seconded the motion. Rev T. Johns supported this motion. He thought that the landowners would benefit greatly by the bridge. t Sir James Hills-Johnes said that the bridge would bo of service to the general public, to travellers, and to farmers, quite as much as to the landowii'-rs. Professor Jones withdrew his motion, and that of Mr Jones was declared carried. THE POSITION OF HIGHWAY SURVEYORS. The Clerk said that the power of appoint- ing Highway Surveyors lay—in his opinion —with the County Council. There appeared to be a difference of opinion on the subject between the officials of the Local Govern- ment Board. In Wales, however, the same rule did not apply as in England; tho power in Wales had lain with the County Roads Board, which had been constituted under the 7 and 8 Yic. The powers of the County Roads Board wero now transferred to the County Council. He would, therefore, advise the County Council to fill up any vacancy which occurred. TBIFLES. The Carmarthen Rural District Council was, granted permission to lay a water-pipe under the main road at St. Clears, near the premises of Mr William*, the chemist. A letter was read from the Town Clerk of Carmarthen giving notice to terminate the present annual agreement, re the Main Roads. A letter was read from the Carmarthen Rural District Council, asking for a contri- bution towards Llanpumpsaint Bridge.— The Surveyor said that the contract had been let.—The letter was laid on the table. A letter was- read from the Bettws Parish Council calling attention to the danger' caused by the road scrapings being left in heans on the roads at night.—It was agreed to call the attention of the contractor to the matter. RENT FROM THE RAILWAY COMPANY. The Clerk reported that the London and North Western Company was £17 in arrears, for their annual rent of fl for carrying the line under the road at Abergwili bridge. The Company had paid nothing for the last four years—although the amount had been always paid by their predecessors. He (the clerk) had, however, written to the Company that according to a recent decision of the House of Lords, the Company was always in such a case responsible for the main- tenance of the parapets of the bridge. Ho believed tho Company would now pay otherwise the County Council would be justified in taking proceedings against them. It was agreed that the report of the Clerk should be approved of.

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