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indignant Trehafod Ratepayers.


indignant Trehafod Ratepayers. Protest against District Council's Inaction. Mr. Thomas Jones presided over a meeting of ratepayers at Bethel Vestry, Trehafod, on Monday evening last. Among those present were Councillors Ben Davies (Rhondda), and Moses Jones/ J, Fleming and D. Jenkins (Pontypridd). The Chairman said that the meeting was called for two specific purposes, viz., (1) to consider the advisability of pro- testing against the serious inaction and neglect of the Rhondda Urban District Council with regard to the insanitary con- dition of the schools and certain streets -at Trehafod occasioned by the recent floods, and (2) to establish a, fund to assist the more unfortunate families in the recent disaster. Apropos of the first question, it was pointed out by several spreakers that, although nearly a fortnight had elapsed | since Trehafod had been inundated, and that despite the fact that tons upon tons of rubbish had been deposited in Lewis Street and various other places, and although the river wall adjacent to Lewis Street had been washed down, nothing had yet been done by the Council. Not only were they now in constant danger of being drowned, but there was also danger of an epidemic of some nature or other arising out of this filthy rubbish that had been deposited in their streets. Already there was an abominable stench arising from it, and if something were not done immediately, it was feared that some would be prostrated with fever. Interrogated upon the matter, Coun- cillor Ben Davies said that the Council could not erect walls to protect private property that was the duty of the land- owner himself. Neither was there any obligation upon the Council to do any- thing to Lewis Street, as it had not been taken over as a public street. If the road had been taken over by the Council, this filth would have been removed. Councillor Fleming said that in a case of emergency like this, where the health of all the inhabitants was at stake, the Council should not look at the letter but the human side of the law. The health of the neople should be thought of first, and the Council could settle the other differences afterwards. Mr. Fleming went on to say that while colliery com- panies were allowed to tip their rubbish into the river, it was useless to build walls on its banks, because it was only a matter of time before the banks and walls would be overflowed again. Thousands of tons of rubbish had been tipped into the river during the last few months from the Hafod Colliery. Where is this rub- bish? asked Mr. Fleming. In Lewis Street," exclaimed another. Quite so," # continued the speaker. The river is being interf.erec with higher up in the Valley, and we have to suffer the consequence here at Trehafod," exclaimed Mr. Evans (grocer). Mr. Fleming acquiesced in this view, and went on to say that they ought to apply to the County Council to put pres- sure upon the District Council to remove that which endangered the health of the people. He had himself carted tons of rubbish from them, but he did not see why a private individual should do what a public body refused to do. He thought It the duty of the Council to move at once in this direction. Councillor Moses Jones questioned Mr. Fleming's authority on this point, and quoted from a book that no Council had a right to do anything on private pro- perty without first, notifying the owner thereof therefore, the Council could not, according to law, have done anything in the way of removing the rubbish. Mr. Fleming retorted that he knew he stood not on a point of order, but on the human side of the question. The R ev. J. Williams said lie had always taken a deep interest in children's educa- tion, and endeavoured at all times to en- courage them to go to school, but if he had young children of his own, he would not under any condition allow them to go to the Hafod School until something more satisfactory had been done (cheers). If I remember rightly," continued the rev. gentleman, the river wall was erected out of the public money." Councillor Ben Davies said that pro- bably that was true, because the wall was then necessary as a protection for the schools from the river. He had drawn the attention of the Council to this wall some time ago, and by a strange coin- cidence tenders were to have been asked for on the very day that the floods took place (laughter1). He further assured them that tenders were to be asked for on Friday next. Several gentlemen voiced their griev- ances, among whom was Mr. Evans (grocer), who mentioned that several times he had nointed out this danger to the Council. He would now have suffered to a great extent had it not been for past experience. The following resolution was then moved —" That this meeting of the in- habitants of Trehafod, in view of the serious and continued neglect of Trehafod oy the Rhondda Urban District Council, and of the disastrous effect of the flood experienced recently, strongly protest against the inaction and lethargy of the Council, and desire that they take action immediately to bring about the desired improvements." A deputation was also appointed to wait upon the Roads Committee on Tuesday evening and to place the matter before them. A committee was also appointed to raise funds. It was also unanimously decided not to allow the children to. go to school until the schools had been declared satisfactory by an appointed committee in conjunction with the Medical Officer of Health.


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