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Conway Corporation and Mr.…


Conway Corporation and Mr. I Albert Wood. POINTED DISCUSSION. At the'meeting of the Conway Corporation yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, the Mayor (Councillor Hy. Jones) presiding, the Estate Committee's minutes contained the following The Borough Surveyor reported that Mr. Albert Wood had pulled down a part of the Marine Walk wall, opposite the Quarry, but was informed that Mr. Wood would again re- build the wall." Councillor J. W. Hughes said he should like to ask the Surveyor some question on this matter. "When was the wall taken down, and did he consider that the gentleman in question had any right to take it down ? Was not this a second offence, and was it not also a great danger to the public? Had he any assurance in writing that the wall would be re-built ? The Surveyor replied that the wall was taken down on the 20th October without per- mission, and this was the second time. It was a danger to the public at night, because there was no light there. He had no assur- ance in writing. At the request of Mr. J. W. Hughes, the Suveyor read a letter he had sent to Mr. Wood on the matter, and added he had had no reply. Mr. J. W. Hughes then said that in 1876 an agreement was entered into between Albert Wood and Thomas Jones, Surveyor of the Council, whereby Mr. Wood agreed to make a road, now known as the Marine Walk. There was a most important condition from the ratepayers' point of view, and that was that Mr. Wood undertook to give sufficient road to enable the town of Conway to have a road seven yards wide-not seven feet. That meant that they were entitled to get another five yards from Mr. Wood, the whole length of the Marine Walk. In the document there was no reservation in Mr. Wood's favour to quarry the stone he was quarrying at present, and that was certainly no reservation that he should take down the wall. If Mr Wood said he had no right to take the wall down, then it was only reasonable that the parishioners should say that they had a right to go on Twthill. That was putting the matter plainly. He did not wish to be harsh on Mr Wood, who had been eleven times Mayor of the Borough, and had the Freedom of the Borough conferred upon him, and was also a Justice of the Peace. He thought that from a gentleman like that, they should be shown a good example, and not leave the Surveyor's letter without an acknowledgment. He would say that it was a deliberate insult to treat them in that way. Mr Wood had only recently built a hideous wall on Bangor-road. He did not say but what he was exercising his right, but let the Council also act strictly within their rights. As they knew, Mr Wood com- menced an action for an injunction and damages against the Council in respect of an imaginary grievance with regards to the Gas Works, with the result that the Council had altered the Gas Works, in o der to pre- vent the fumes going towards Bodlondeb. He should like to say in parenthesis that the Gas Works were there before Mr Wood came. (Laughter.) The speaker went on to give a history of the action, and added that shortly after the Freedom of the Borough had been conferred upon him, he was defying them with the Council property. He now moved that the Town Clerk be instructed to write that day to Mr Wood requiring him to have the wall which he had pulled down on the Marine Walk re-built during the course of to-day (Thursday), failing which the Town Clerk be empowered to institute proceedings against Mr Wood on Friday next for an injunction and damages. Alderman Netherwood said he had expected there would have been a competition to second the proposition. He did so with the greatest pleasure. It had been made quite clear that the boundary wall in question belonged to the Corporation, and Mr. Wood had no right to pull it down without permission of the Council. As regards the wall built in Bangor Road, he personally was not satisfied the wall actually belonged to Mr Wood. He maintained throughout that the Council ought to have fought the action with respect to the gasworks. Mr. Wood built Bodlondeb know- ing that the gasworks were there, and he believed if the action had been contested, no judge would have granted the injunction asked for. Time after time the Council had taken proceedings against poor people for very trivial matters in comparison to this, and we would say in future Do your duty as councillors and let us settle this matter once and for all for the benefit of the majority of the ratepayers." Councillor J. E. Conway-Jones considered that the resolution was a somewhat drastic one, and he suggested that more time should be allowed to re-build the wall. He under- stood that Councillor Hughes did not wish to go any further than to enforce the re-building of this wall. Councillor Hughes said that even at the eleventh hour he wished to be reasonable with Mr. Wood. Councillor Conway Jones said that certainly Mr Woodshould re-build this wall, but he felt that the resolution was rather drastic. There were possibilities that even Mr Wood could not command men to attack this wall at once, and he felt that a resolution calling attention to his promise to re-build the wall should be passed. Councillor J. W. Hughes said that Mr Wood had been given an opportunity to put right what he had no right to interfere with. The Council treated him in a most charitable way. Mr Wood, if he liked, could do as every other ratepayer would do, and apply to the Corporation for permission. Twenty-four hours was quite sufficient for any man who had done what Mr. Wood had done. He did not mean that he should re- build the wall in twenty-four hours, but he thought it only reasonable that he should send an assurance in writing that he would re-build it. If Mr. Wood could not do it to-morrow (Thursday) then let him com- municate with the Council offices in the usual way and ask for an extension of time. Councillor Stott said he took it that the whole of the trouble was about this wall. If he (Mr. Stott) did it he would be punished. He thought that Mr Wood should do as every other man did. Alderman Dr. Morgan wished to include in the resolution that the Council protested against Mr. Wood taking down the wall at all. Referring to the Bangor-road wall, he thought that was very important, and the en- trance to Cadnant Park was most dangerous. The Surveyor said he spoke to Mr. Wood on the telephone about this matter. There was no written communication from Mr. Wood. Councillor Hughes said that a telephone communication was not good enough. Let them ask Mr. Wood to take an assurance on the telephone. Mr. Wood was an excellent business-man and would not do that. Councillor Conway Jones said he was as democratic as any councillor, but he ques- tioned very much whether Councillor Hughes would propose such a resolution in the case of an ordinary man or a working man. He did not hold a brief for Mr .Wood. He thought it would be more regular and more in conso- nance with the dignity of the Council to refer to the promise of Mr. Wood to the Surveyor. I He moved as an amendmentt that Mr. Wood be given until Saturday to rebuild the wall. Councillor J. W. Hughes said he would agree to that, and the proposition was then carried unanimously. On the motion of Alderman Edward Ro- berts, seconded by Mr James Stott, it was decided to call the attention of the County Council to the wall in Bangor-road.

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