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NOTES AND JOTTTNGS. 2s Rhos a Village ? It has been suggested in the District Council that the roadmen should concen- trate more attention on the village roads after bad weather. If the streets of Rhos come under the title of U village streets there may be hopes of getting rid of the,; mud before Spring. It is feared, however that it the District Council devote the at- tention to Rhos streets they deserve, there would be very few men or mud carts left for other village streets. The Stafading Orders of the District Council states that the roadmen should pay special attention to village streets after bad weather. There are, however, hard- ly enough roadmen to go round the whole of the village streets under the charge of the Council. After a single day of bad weather, the streets of Rhos are rolling in mud. The District Council 4cannot possibly devote the proper amount of attention to them after each downpour of rain. The fact is becoming every year more apd more apparent that a large and populous place like Rhos cannot be pro- perly or efficiently attended to by an out- side Council. i A "Cselsss Commit-.Go. Mr Ted Jones and Mr C. Morgan, who are both members of the Ruabon Educa- tion Committee stated on Monday even- ing, that the Committee was more or less a farce. A number of men met together who had absolutely no work to do. They were like children. They toyed with trifBing matters month after month with- out accomplishing anything. They could not appoint a teacher—not even an Article 58-and had to refer any work of improvement that cost more than £ 10, to the County Authority. Mr Jones plead- ed for the delegation of more power from the County Council to the local Commit- tee, and hinted that if more work was not soon forthcoming, the local Commit- tee would succumb through lassitude. Ztocol Affairs of the future. Of all the netwot k of local authorites of various grades and differing powers, the Ir4ri>h Council is the most limited and confined. Why, rural parishes of 400 in- habitants are entitled to elect their own Parish Councils. It is the very first rung in the ladder of self-government. Con- trast this with the fact that we in Rhos, with a population of nearly 12 000, have for fifteen years,"been content to remain on the lowest rung of the ltdder. Dur- ing the last fifteen years we have out- grown our tiny model of local govern- ment, and stand in need of a more influ- ential body. All our thinking is done for us at Wrenh-UTS. AT outside body con- trols us hand and toot. We nve only two public appointments in our own hine,s-the assi-t^nt overseer and the parish lamplighter. All other appoint- ments are decided away. Now we are on the verge of another Parish Council elec- tion, and for another three years at least we shall be chained to the lowest rung. Fortunately, however, there are signs of discontent. The high rates have made peopie take a keener interest in local affairs, and there are indications that the policy of "taking things lying down" will no longer be stood. One hopeful sign was the joint meeting of the repres- entatives of the Young Liberal League, the Parish Council, and the Liberal As- sociation, which was held a short time ago. At this meeting it was unanimous- ly agreed that the rates for the present year were staggeringly high. It was thought also that the accompanying bene- fits were altogether inadequate. In the I course of the discussion the question of Urban Powers came forward The feel- ing of the meeting on this point was that before taking any steps in the matter it would be desirable to get as many streets as possible put in a proper state of repair by the District Council and that it would be of immense va'ue if by any means the boundary of the parish could be in- creased, in order that a higher rateable value might be included in the parish. All along, the great stumbling block in the Urban Power question has been the small rateable va'ue of Rhos %n the one hand, aad a large and growing popula- tion on the other. A large population with a small rateable value is a most un- enviable place from a ratepayer's point of view whilst a small place with a large rateable value is a small paradise. Hence the difference between the lot of the rate- payer in Rhos and the same gentleman in Ruabon. Now if Ruabon and Rhos parishes were fused into one and govern- ed by an Urban Council-but what a dream




-. Ruabon's Opportunity.'



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