Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

6 articles on this Page

Advertising

LIST OF VISITORS.

.. Corregro-Abt)lCe.

News
Cite
Share

Corregro-Abt)lCe. [In no case are we responsible for the opinions expressed in this column.] To the Editor of The Weekly News." PWLLYCROCHAN WOODS. Sir,-Ilnoticed in the Weekly News for the 14th of this month a report of the Colwyn Bay and Colwyn District Council, which contains, amongst other matter, a letter from the Colwyn Bay Estate Company, to inform the Board that they are intending to close the above Woods on June 1St next. I understand that the said Company are making a new road all along the top of the said Woods, and intends to sell all their land there for building purposes. I consider that this Company is acting very honourably and very honestly,—by letting the public know their intention of closing the Woods before anyone buys one yard of the said land. And now, after the public know their intentions of closing the Woods, we shall see how many dozen yards they can sell of this land after closing the Woods, and what in the world will this land be good for afterwards, only for sheep grounds or blackberry wildernesses, or so. And further, the said Company have no authority to close the above Woods, as it could be proved that these Woods have been open for and to the public for the last 60 years I admit that the said Company close the gates and stiles to the Woods once a year, but the public enter the Woods over the hedges, as their agents very well know.—Yours, etc., defacto, FORTY THIEF. MR BLUD'S REJOINDER. Sir,—I feel it is very good of you to throw open your columns to me for anything I may have to say in reply to your brilliant article re the District Council and its work, including your reflections on myself. But it so happens, sir, that I do not feel concerned about your opinions, I do not value them, and therefore decline to send you the reply you wish for. I shall soon have occasion to touch upon many ot the points raised in your article, but I prefer to deal with them through some medium that will reach all the ratepayers in the District. I am satisfied your paper is not of an independent character but merely the mouth- piece ot one man, that your circulation is limited to a small number and likely to remain so; I have therefore decided to cease making use of your columns in any way, yet still remain,—Yours cheerfully, J. BLUD. Idsall House, Colwyn Bay. "IN THE INTERESTS OF THE RATE- PAYERS." Sir,—No one will deem you unmindful of the interests of the ratepayers, who has read your very able and trenchant leader dealing with "the miserable ineptitude and slovenliness of our District Council"; nevertheless, as an old inhabitant and a ratepayer of long standing, I wish you had clenched your article with the moral, that under cover of exuberant verbosity" our expenses, present and prospective, will be silently going up by leaps and bounds,—that's the pity of it. In the interests of the ratepayers," men of common sense and knowledge of business should be seriously studying and deliberating on the extent of our present and future liabilities, and our means 01 meeting them; someone will have to take a large view of these matters, or—mark my words !—Colwyn Bay will learn the meaning ot Exodus." Looming in the near future, there are some two or three items of expenditure serious enough to make the heart of the stoutest ratepayer quake. The ratepayers would like to know what is going on at the Council" as to raising money for our apportionment of the Cowlyd Scheme, say L25,000 the purchase of the Woods, £ 8000 to £ 10,000; the drainage and new outfall, £ 10,000 (?); the Promenade, £ 16,000. We may leave out of the question at present a few incidentals, such as Purchase of Gas-works, an Act of Parliament, one or two Arbitrations, Free Library, Allotments, Electric Lighting, &c., &c. Well may you, sir, lament the lack of wider experience, broader views, and knowledge of the world, which our Local Parliament displays. Verily who is sufficient for these things?" Where are we to find the best men you write about, to face such a state of things think of encountering the hero of fifty speeches an hour,—to say nothing of all the lesser men, who surely must want to say something? A French Assembly, or a Parnellite Committee-room, would be a haven of rest com- pared with our Council Hall Just a word of sincere commiseration for the luckless chairman who must endure all this if members are irrepressible, what is he to do, poor man ? I have a copy of Model Standing Orders by me, and I find these words, "It is not in the power of the Chairman to stop or adjourn the meeting, and if he purports to do so, it is com- petent for the Council to resolve to go on with the business for which it has been convened, and to appoint another chairman for that object." In the same Standing Orders I find, The first business of the Council at the Annual Meeting will be to elect a Chairman from their own body or from other persons qualified to be Councillors of the Parish." Query, Does this apply to District Councils ? If so, perhaps this would afford a way of escape for anyone on whom the lot may tall to be chosen to such a thankless office. A great deal of the unwarrantable confusion of which you justly complain, might be avoided if even one Standing Order were complied-with, namely, "Every motion or amendment shall be moved and seconded, and shall be reduced to writing and handed to the Chairman or Clerk of the Council, and shall be read before it is: Jurther discussed or put to the meeting." Whilst thanking you for letting the ratepayers know what is going on at the Council," I will ask you to insert this letter from one who has long taken a deep interest in the prosperity of Colwyn B >v and ONE WHO LIKES TO KNOW. February 25th, 1896. COLWYN BAY DISTRICT COUNCIL. Sir,—In your last issue you have a lengthy article commenting on the Council's conduct of the public business, myself and many more that has attended that Councils meeting including the ratepayers find it very one-sided. If I remember right you had a similar article some 16 months ago commenting just as strong it not stronger on the conduct of the late Board, now your complaint seems to be the want of educated men. Although I honour and respect highly educated men and wish we were all so. Yet my experience in Colwyn Bay and elsewhere are that they are the biggest Duffers unless they have had some practical experience. They know nothing about roads and sewerage neither the value and quality of materials used they are led entirely by officials be he right or wrong. But you could not com- plain of the education of the late Board inasmuch as the Chairman was the cultured Vicar of Llan- drillo-yn-Rhos and with him were the cream of the District J. P.'s etc., and yet they could do no business or very little and often they did not know what they had done they confused things so if we are to believe your article about 16 months ago. Of course many of those gentlemen still retains their position 0:1 the Council, but they have to face 2 or 3 new members who do not believe in going to the Committee and Council meeting to rush the business and scamp the work and hurry home to lunch at a certain time, this to them I know is very galling it had not used to be so in the old days then some of these gentlemen a; e Gas Directors who have especial interest to watch and protect for fear of us wicked new member some day curtail their privilages and expose the disgraceful shortcomings of the old Board they could rely on with confidence for the last many years. If these gentlemen did not succeed in looking after public interest they never failed to look after their own and it was their scorn and sarcasm that has provoked the strong language which has been used, and I know the truth told to their face was very annoying to them and I also know how glad the writer of that article and they would be if they could get without 2 or 3 of us new members who have thought fit in the interest of the ratepayers to watch their move- ments and demand from them few concessions. We have been ridiculed in the Press and threatened with proscutions and you I am sorry to find, make use of that foolish report about the 120 speeches a report you must have known to be a base fabrication whoever such report might allude to I certainly made more than one speech and had a right to make two on the question I brought forward but why do you mark the new members when the old ones are the worst sinners particularly that day for voilating the Standing Order and this is generally the case unless they are in the chair which they so much desire, again they appear to us to have a certain amount of command over the reporters they some times call out to them, Put that down. One member spend his time part at the Council and part at the reporters tables, whether this has any influence upon them I don't know but I know that your Weekly News does not give an impartial report nor expose such conduct, Now in connection with my motion, That the delay of the Local Govern- ment Board be brought before Parliament by our good and ever will help J. Herbert Roberts, Esq, M. P. Although I had given several days notice of it and it was on the agenda this motion of course was met with the usual sneers and obstruc- tion on the words (in Parliament) been in it Mr Bevan moved and his ever willing seconder would have it taken out at last this was left optional to our Member, but I wrote to him that night begging on him to bring it before the House for the ratepayers to see the answer in the papers I also explain to him as well as I could how we stood in the matter I received a reply thanking for my clear explaination &c. The consequence is that our Member gave the usual notice to the Government of question and the question and answer appeared in last Saturday daily papers been brought before the House of Commons on Friday, and on Saturday we got the Government sanction in Colwyn Bay to borrow c i o,ooo for a Explanade although our Clerk had recently been told at the Local Government Board Office in London that we must not expect it this year and that another Commissioner would have to come down I am well aware that Mr Parry our Chair- man influence with our Member has been used to get this matter settled so the meeting which the reporters with the man in the street strove to ridicule has been fruitful to us, so let thoso who lose laugh first those who wins will surely laugh the longest.—I remain, yours truly, Glyndwr, Colwyn Bay, WM. DAVIES. Feb. 25th, 1896. [The above is printed verbatim et litteratim as we received it to have attempted to amend the grammar or punctuation, would have involved a certainty of blundering in one (at least) of the ambiguous passages. ED. W. N.I COLWYN BAY PRIMROSE LEAGUE. Dear Sir,-As there is a widespread misunder- standing of the objects we have in view, and the principles which guide the Primrose League, and as nothing is so unfair to a party or individual as to judge without personal investigation, perhaps you will allow me, now we as a Habita- tion have had our opening public entertainment and our first public appearance, to briefly explain the principles which guide the League. They are entirely independent of Party Politics, and are First, "The Maintenance of Religion" as the bulwark of our National Liberty, Dignity, and Prosperity; second, "The Maintenance of the Imperial ascendancy of the British Empire;" and, third, The Maintenance of the Estates of the Realm," and, In the words of the declaration, Consistently with my allegiance to the Sovereign of these Realms, I will promote with discretion and fidelity the above objects, being those of the Primrose League." We hold to these principles, being the root and foundation of our National Safely, and it is the grand inherited privilege of all true British subjects to stand fast by these essential safeguards of our beloved land, and this Primrose League Declaration, being acknow- ledged and signed, can be a help and constant stimulus both to the true Liberal and Unionist alike. By joining the Primrose League, men and women are kept alive to their individual respon- sibility, to the stability and glory of our mighty Empire,—not empty words, but a cause of burning liberty-defence of most vital importance to every responsible person, whether Welsh, Scotch, Irish, or English. The League appeals to all those who believe in the power of the Truth of God to preserve our nation, to join their interests to local Habitations, and make an acknowledged stand against Infidelity and misguided Socialism, which work untold mischief where no organisation such as this offers, exists to systematically oppose such deceptions, and on this score alone we may thank God that a note so powerful was struck at the late General Election that it resounded through the lengLh and breadth of the land, welding the British peoples in a closer bond of rational Union than before, disclosing a Nation's firm conviction and unalterable determination on the lines of the Principles which constitute the League. Abroad, the name of Great Brittain is revered and feared as is her right, and this bitterly fought-for and nobly won prestige of British character- guarantee of civilisation-is a jewel to be pre- served and defended by all patriotic subjects of the Queen. To these ends, Associates are invited to help the new Habitation to spread its honour- able influence papers of explanation, forms to fill, and any required information, can be obtained from—Yours obliged, C. PATERSON, Constitutional Club. Hon. Sec. TEMPERANCE MEETINGS AT COLWYN BAY. Dear Mr Editor,—Hear what Mr Leicester says Speaking on Saturday evening last, at the Public Hall, and alluding to a meeting at which he presided in York, Mr Leicester pointed out with satisfaction that nearly the whole of the Ministers and Clergy of the district were present on that occasion. "Seated where," Mr Leiceister said with great emphasis (pointing to the plat- form), the whole of the Clergy and Ministers of this district should be to-night, if we are right and, if we are wrong, to point out to us wherewe are wrong and, asjain it we are in the right, to help us to carry on the cause of Temperance." This might be an instruction to someone. Selah TEMPERANCE REFORMER. Colwyn Bay, Feb, 26th, 1895.

In Memoriam: Mr. John L. German

Foreshore Improvements at…

Improved Railway Facilities.