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Pentre Trades and Labour Council. The Housing Question. AI Unspeakable." Habitat ions at Gelli. Several questions of local importance were discussed at the especial meeting of the Pentre Trades and Labour Council on Monday evening, Mr. Thos. Thomas pre- siding. The deputation that waited upon Mr. Percie G. Smith, agent of the Bailey Estate, reported the result of their inter- view as to the proposed footbridge be- tween the upper part of Bailey Street, Ton, and Pentre. It transpired that Mr. Smith was prepared to recommend the proposal to the trustees of the estate, providing that such a bridge was built upon their land, but he declared that the estate could not be expected to contri- buto towards it, as it would provide access to another estate. A letter upon the same matter was received from Mr. D. Treharne, Pentre, agent of the Baglan Estate, who said that he was not aware that it was proposed to construct a bridge connecting the upper part of Ton and Pentre. He failed to see that such a bridge was necessary, as there were good roads to bring the people to the highway, and there was also a, motor station at Pentre. A Delegate: Does he think we want to go to Caxdiff ? (Laughter). The same deputation that waited UDon Mr. Smith was also appointed to wait upon Mr. Treharne with reference to the matter. Messrs. I. T. Rees and Jeffrey Jones gave a report of the Incorporation meet- ing held at Richards' Hall, Tonypandy, on the previous Wednesday evening. Mr. Rees suggested that the Council should also take steps to have the advantages and disadvantages of Incorporation ex- plained to them by experts on the ques- tion. It was resolved that the matter be placed on the agenda for the next meet- ing. The Secretary called the attention of the Council to the forthcoming confer- ence on the Housing Question. He said that other districts were making, great strides in this direction, whilst they in Pentre were lagging behind. He did not think the evidence they had already col- lected was good enough to present their case before the District Council. The Mid-Rhondda Chamber of Trade had issued a pamphlet on the question, and his suggestion was that one member should be selected out of each ward to go round every day to make a full investi- gation concerning matters now being dealt with by the Council, namely (1) overcrowding (2) insanitary conditions, (3) coercion by shopkeepers, (4) monopoly of land by builders, and (5) dearth of houses. The Chairman said that the evidence they already possessed was sufficient grounds to put the Housing Act into operation. There were many houses in Gelli where five and six families, with children, were huddled together. The conditions were unspeakable. Eventually, it was resolved that the committee already having the matter in hand should make further investigations, and secure everything in the way of evidence.

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