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DISTRICT AND PARISH COUNCILS. MALPAS PARISH. The ordinary monthly meeting was held on Tuesday. Present-Mr. G. S. Morgan (chair- man), Messrs. Ankers, Callcott, Battarbee, and the clerk.—Mr. Callcott stated as one of the members who waited upon the rector with reference to the proposed opening up of the Arbour field for a promenade, the difficulties which would be encountered were so great that the scheme had been abandoned.—Mr. Ankers asked who the deputation were who waited upon the rector. He certainly under- stood that all the members of the Council were to attend on a certain day at a certain time. He, at some inconvenience to himself, attended on the day named, and waited about for a considerable time, and sub- sequently he found that a different day had been privately arranged for by some members of the Council of which the rest were ignorant. He characterised the proceed- ing as highly unbusinesslike, and one which if repeated would tend to bring the Council into disrepute.—The Chairman: Do you wish to have a proper meeting of the Council to meet the rector ?—Mr. Ankers: No, I do not want to open up the question again, but I do think that the Council should be treated with respect, and the business conducted in a proper manner.— The Chairman concurred in this view. He him- self had heard nothing of the meeting until just at the moment it was being held, when he could not attend. He also referred to the loose way in which the reports were presented, and suggested that they be in writing. The Clerk reported that the Fire Brigade had inspected the helmets, and considered that the sample of French extraction would do very well if the distinctive marks were removed and replaced with cross axes. It was resolved that the question of helmets be deferred until the Fire Engine Committee could see their way to the purchase of more modern helmets.—Mr. John Fleet applied for a new gate to the Moss Land, and it was resolved to call the committee's attention to the matter. It was also resolved that tenants of the Council's houses must either fully occupy them or vacate. A further bill of £ 2 2s. was presented for services at Barton fire. The Clerk said they had spent all the fire brigade money in paying their responsi- bilities in respect of this fire. It was ordered that the bill be paid. LITTLE SUTTON PARISH. The ordinary monthly meeting of this Council was held in the National Schools on Tuesday evening.-A letter was read from the Wirral Waterworks, regretting their inability to supply the village with an ample supply of water, owing to a breakdown in their machinery, but at the same time assuring the Council that they would endeavour to give a better supply in the future.—Mr. Cross proposed that the clerk address a letter to the Local Government Board, drawing their attention to the fact that the supply of water in the village was totally inadequate for the requirements of the inhabi- tants, and also stating that they had written to the Waterworks, but still the supply was no better. He was of the opinion that if the company guaranteed a supply of water they should carry out their contract.— Mr. R. Jones seconded, and the resolution was carried.—Mr. Cross proposed that two valuers be appointed to estimate the damage done by straying cattle on other people's land, and he proposed the names of Mr. Kendal and Mr. Spruce, as he was of the opinion that both gentlemen were fully qualified and experienced in the work.—Mr. Bethel was of the opinion that the decision of the Council was not binding, as it was out of their jurisdiction altogether. The motion was withdrawn.- A communication was read from Mr. J. Lane, chairman of the Council, resigning his position as chairman and member of the Council, and thanking them for their kind consideration shewn towards him during the period he had held the office-Mr. Wright was of the opinion that the Council should send a 'letter to him asking him to reconsider his decision.—Mr. Jones proposed that they accept the resignation. Ultimately it was resolved that a letter be written. HOPE PARISH. THE CHARITIES. A meeting of this Council was held at Abermorddu Board School on Tuesday, Mr. E. C. Probert presiding. A letter was read from the London and North-Western Railway referring to a request by the Parish Council to put stiles upon an alleged footpath near Hope Station. The company said that they had already informed the Flintshire County Council that they did not admit any puplic right of user at that point, and therefore declined to erect stiles to facilitate trespass. It was agreed that the Footpath Committee should thoroughly investigate the matter and prove the right, and afterwards write strongly to the railway company on the subject. Footpaths at Uchymynydd Ucha were referred to by Messrs. John and Isaac Williams, and it was agreed the District Council should be asked to take them over. The clerk (Mr. Fred Jones) as assistant over- seer gave a report ef the work of the overseers and the accounts for the year ending March 25th.-Mr. John Williams pointed out that personal feeling should not be imported into business matters.—The footbridge at Cefny- bedd, over the railway line from Llay Hall Colliery, was referred to as being in a dangerous condition, and on the proposition of Mr. John Williams, seconded by Mr. J. Bellis, the clerk was requested to write to Mr. Clark, the owner, to put it in repair.—Mr. Bellis again drew attention to the distribution of white bread at Hope Church, and the Chairman pointed out that it was a matter for the charity trustees, and had nothing to do with the Parish Council, and no resolution could be passed on the subject.-Mr. Wm. Lewis referred to two deserving cases at Llanfynydd, and did not think this charity should be regarded as a pension.—Mr. Bellis said he wanted it distributed fairly and justly. —The Chairman As one of the trustees, that is your work, sir. (Laughter.) Mr. Bellis (continuing) I don't see why poor people should have to come to church for it, or why the same people should have it continually.— The Chairman: You have equal power with the other two trustees, and therefore it is your duty to see to any incongruities. You now have the rope loose to do as you like. (Laughter.)—Mr. Bellis, as a trustee, was asked to give some information as to the newly-found charity, but declared his inability. He was willing, however, to call a meeting of the trustees.—The Chairman volunteered the information that the money had been received, and he had seen an extract of the will. The rector had been informed that the interest on the money would shortly be paid over to the churchwardens. The sum of C200 had been left to be invested by the donor's executors for repairs to deceased's vault, the residue to be distributed among the poor of Hope. This had been done, the executors having invested the money in stocks in good Government security. —Mr. Bellis: Is it parochial or ecclesiastical ?- The Chairman: As a trustee, sir, you can inquire for yourself. (Laughter.)—Mr. Alf. Williams referred to a disused well at the Cym- mau, on property belonging to Mr. H. H. Hughes. It was decided to ask Mr. Hughes to re-open it. The Burial Board were authorised to go into the question of repairs to the parish hearse and harness, which were in a dreadful condition. A letter was read from the Tryddyn Parish Council with reference to a bridge crossing a brook which divides the two parishes. Messrs. John and Edward Williams were appointed a deputation to meet the Tryddyn committee. WREXHAM RURAL. SHOULD CYCLES BE TAXED? On Thursday at the monthly meeting of the Wrexham Rural District Council (Captain Griffith-Boscawen presiding) a resolution was received from the Ashbourne District Council suggesting that as highways, the maintenance of which was now cast upon district councils, were used to a considerable extent by cyclists, it was but equitable that they should help to bear the expense of the repair of rural high- ways, and that the Local Government Board be requested to promote legislation with a view to a tax being imposed on all cycles.—Mr. T. Allen moved, and Mr. C. W. Parsonage seconded, that the Council adopt the Ashbourne resolution, Mr. Parsonage remarking that it was not the abuse but the use of the road they had to consider.—Mr. B. Davies (Rhos) moved as an amendment that the Council take no action in the matter. (Hear, hear.) Cycling afforded a vast amount of pleasure to an enormous number of people, and he thought they ought not to put anything in the way of their enjoy- ment of the exercise if they liked it. He was convinced that all the cyclists that passed through the country did not injure the roads in the slightest degree, and it would be great cruelty to assist in taxing them.—Mr. G. Heyward (Rhosddu) seconded the amendment, Mr. J. Edwards remarking that he thought all cycles should be numbered, if not taxed.—Mr. E. Stanley Clark (Llay Hall) said the mover of the amendment had lost sight of the principle of taxation altogether, and seemed to think it was a pleasure to be taxed for other people's pleasure. It was true the bicycle did not damage the road, but those who used the roads should pay for them, and those who used the roads for the purposes of pleasure should, in common fairness, contribute some- thing towards their maintenance. (Hear, hear.)—Mr. Thomas Davies (Rhostyllen) con- sidered that the use of the cycle was a great advantage to the community at large. If we had enjoyed great prosperity during the last sixty years, it was entirely due to the inven- tion of easy methods of locomotion, and he therefore thought they should support the bicycle-the greatest invention of all in this connection. (Applause.) The Rev. P. W. Sparling (Erbistoyr) supported the resolution. Those who generally rode bicycles formed a portion of the community who could well afford to pay a small tax upon them, and moreover, cyclists appeared to be under the impression that the whole road belonged to them, and whenever they got the change they also used the footpaths to a very great extent. They could well afford a tax of 2s. 6d., or even 5s.— Mr. G. Findlay (Plas Power) pointed out that a large number of the work people used the bicycle to go to and from their employment.—The Chairman said it was an important question, and no doubt there was a good deal to be said on both sides. If bicycles were almost entirely used by people going to their work, he should not be at all in favour of taxing them, but during the last few years, people who were un- doubtedly very wealthy and had carriages and horses of their own, had taken to the bicycle instead-it was, in fact, a sort of craze, and as to the 'rules of the road,' his experience was that, for the most part, they were entirely disregarded by cyclists. He did not think a small tax would be any hardship. On a division the resolution in favour of taxing cycles was lost by 14 votes toll. TARVIN DISTRICT. A meeting was held on Saturday at the Crypt Chambers, Chester, Mr. R. Salmon presiding in the absence of the regular chairman.—The Surveyor (Mr. Piggott) said he had authorised two pumps to be placed at Kelsall.—The Clerk intimated the receipt of two tenders for the supply of a pump at Farndon. One was from Mr. Ellis Hughes, of Farndon, and the other from Mr. Thomas Vicars. The sum quoted by both was X9. Mr. Hughes's tender was accepted.—From the minutes of the Tiverton Water Committee it appeared that it is pro- posed to supply Tiverton and Tilston with water from the main at Beeston.—In confirming the minutes of the Tattenhall Sewerage Committee the Council passed a vote of thanks to Mr. Barbour for his offer of land practically for nothing.—A resolution was passed to apply to the Local Government Board for sanction to make a special charge on the Tattenhall district of JE15, as payment to the inspector (Mr. Hughes).-The Broxton Parish Council sent a request for the repair of Broomhill Bank road. Mr. Siddorn explained that this road did not need great repair, but only required two drains laying on each side and rounding. It was a public road, and was much used. The Council decided to have these repairs carried out, and the whole work will be done at a comparatively small sum.

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