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PONTYPRIDD OHAMBER OF TRADE The Common as a Park. FEEBLE ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE PROJECT. MR SEATON'S. "RED-HERRING TIU: YNYSANGHARAD SITE. The monthly meeting of this Chamber was feeld at Cooiubes' Restaurant on Wednesday. Mr H. Porcker presided, and there vere also present Messrs W. H. Key, J. Coomhes. W. Seaton, F. H. Gibson, F. Thomas, A. Seaton, and T. Cule, with the secretary, Mr George Marchant. A motion stood in the name of Mr John Evans that the Common should be CONVERTED INTO A PARK, but Mr Evans was not present- The question was talked over for a long time, and Mr W. Seat-on expressed surprise that there was a dis- sentient voice against the idea of purchasing the Ynysangbarad site for a park- They would not be able to grow a potato on the Common, as there was not much moire than an inch of soil there. Ultimately, Mr James Coombes proposed that the Common should be laid out as a recreation ground and park at a, cost not exceeding £ 4,000. and that nothing should be done towards pur- chasing land at Ynysangharad. The latter place, he contended, was in the centre of the town, and it should be utilised for building purposes. They WANTED TO CENTRALISE PONTYPRIDD as much as possible, and if they took the Ynys, angharad for a park where would they obtain building land ? There was about 40 acres there, and this would cost them about £ 50,000. The Common was the property of the town, add there were over 38 acres there, so i. would not be wise to purchase any other land when that was available. The District Council had ob- tained the opinion of an authority on those mat- ters, and that gentleman stated that the Com- mon could be converted into a very beautiful and ornamental recreation ground and park. There was a suggestion of making a lake there, but he thought it would be better to throw a weir across the Taff near the Maltsters' Arms. Mr T. Cule seconded. Mr W. Seaton moved an amendment to the effect that efforts should be made to purchase the Ynysangharad site. He did not object to a reasonable sum of money being spent to IMPROVE THE COMMON, in placing covered octagon seats there, and in making a few walks; but he thought it was was^n'o r»oiP there," an"}" a" person" "could hardly stand on it, much less plant trees there. Fur- ther, there was no water there to make the place fertile or to make a lake. Was it right to consider self-interest and to reserve Ynys- angharad for building purposes? In the near future, when the Bute Railway was constructed, there would be pits between Rhydyfelen and Upper Boat, and it was there that the building would take place. The idea of paying £ 50,000 for Ynysangharad was absurd; he had no doubt that if the trustees were approached they would be able to buy it for about £ 16,000. Mr Frank Thomas seconded, and said the Com- mon was more charming in its I RUSTIC SIMPLICITY ihan it would be when converted into a park. The Common was not central to all the locality and it would take the people of Hopkinstown, for instance, a day to get there and back. Mr Arthur Seaton supported the amendment. He understood the object of the amendment was not to obtain the whole of the Ynysangharad, but merely the river front, which could not be utilised for building purposes, and he thought if the owners were approached they would be able to obtain it at a nominal price. He thought L500 spent on the Common would be ample; they could form very good RECREATION GROUNDS with that sum. Mr Key also supported the amendment, be- cause he thought L4,000 would be inadequate to do any good on the Common. Thev would Ie- quire about two miles of walling to enclose it, and this would cost an enormous sum. Besides, this, it would cost about jESOO to obtain an order to enclose the land, and £ 500 for a care- taker's house. Mr W. Seaton: And you would require about £ 150,000 to get some stuff there to make the trees grow. (Laughter). Five voted for the amendment and two for the proposition. It was decided to forward a copy of the resolu- tion to the District Council.

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