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Motor Car Speed Limit at Bettws-y-Coed. Mr F. J. Willis, barrister-at-law, an Inspector of the Local Government Board, on Monday morning held an inquiry at the Bettws-y-Coed County Court touching the application of the Urban Authority, through the County Council, under the Motor Car Act, 1903, for a regulation to be made in pursuance of sub-section i of sec- tion 9 of the Act on the following roads :—The main road through the village, from Arvon House or Pyllau, to the place known as Cross Keys, at the Capel Curig end of the village, and through Mill-street, extending from Tanybryn to its junction with the main road. Mr J. T. Roberts, Clerk to the Carnarvonshire County Council, and Mr Salisbury Jones, Clerk to the Bettws-y-Coed Urban District Council, appeared for the applicant. Mr Dean, solicitor to the Royal Automobile Club; Mr A. Lloyd Griffith, Secretary and sol- icitor to the Automobile Club of North Wales, and Mr L. W. Jelf-Petit, the Chairman of the last-named club, appeared against the applica- tion on behalf of the Committee. Mr J. T. Roberts having read the notice pub- lished in the Press, Mr Willis suggested that both parties should examine the roads.referred to, with tihe object of arriving at an amicable arrangement. All the parties concerned accepted the sugges- tion, and left the Court with this object. Several ladies and gentlemen appeared at the inquiry with the object of tendering evidence for and against the application, there being a feel- ing in the village that such a restriction might drive motorists away from the district. After about thirty minutes' delay, Mr Willis resumed his seat, and the other representatives appeared. Mr J. T. Roberts remarked that he was pleased to state that they had arrived at a mutual agreement to have the speed regulated from the Old Post Office to the Jubilee-walk, and all the portions of Mill-street enumerated in the application. Mr Dean stated that after having discussed the subject with Mr Lloyd Griffith, they con- sidered that the route mentioned by Mr Roberts would not prove an inconvenience to motorists, and that they would be justified in approving the regulation of speed of cars over that area, but that they considered ten miles an hour was somewhat too low considering the district. They were prepared to accept the regulation under the section applied for. He understood that there was some feeling in the village that the adoption of a soeed limit would drive away motorists from the district. There was, however, no foundation for such a sentiment. They con- sidered the application a reasonable one, and he would have no hesitation in declaring that it would not in the least influence motorists in any way. Mr J. T. Roberts I am pleased to hear you say so. The fact that we arrived at an amicable arrangement will naturally dispel that erronous idea. Mr A. Lloyd Griffith hoped that the posts would be kept properly painted, as those at Llandudno were hardly discern able from a dis- tance. Mr J. T. Roberts: This is the first complaint I have heard relative to the signal posts at Llandudno. They appear quite conspicuous. Mr Willis: Mr Griffith should address his complaint to the Clerk of the County Council, and not to me. Mr Dean Now the Clerk has heard the com- plaint, I presume he will act upon it. Mr J. T. Roberts: Certainly; I will report it to the Surveyor. On the motion of Mr Roberts, seconded by Mr Dean. supported by Mr Lloyd Griffith, a vote of thanks was accorded the Inspector for his courtesy and the manner he facilitated the understanding between the two parties.


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