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THE MONEY-LENDING INQUIRY.…

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CHESTER EXTENSION PROPOSALS.…

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CHESTER EXTENSION PROPOSALS. 0 THE DECISION OF SEALAND. A public meeting of the parish of Sealand was held in the vestry of Sealand Church on Tuesday evening to consider the question with regard to the proposed extension of the city boundary.— The Rev. L. C. A. Edgeworth (chaplain) pre- sided over an attendance numbering six.—The Chairman explained that the proposal of the Chester Town Council was to extend the present boundary as far as Ferry-lane. They had re- quested the local bodies interested to appoint delegates to attend a conference at Chester to discuss the matter. Under the Parish Councils Act it was necessary that in opposing the scheme they should empower the Parish Council to spend any money necessary in connection with it.—Mr. W. Bennion thought the small attend- ance was due to the meeting not being properly advertised. Notices had been posted up, but he thought they should have been sent to the chief ratepayers. He was afraid very few had heard anything about the meeting.—The Chairman Notices have been posted in the usual places. Continuing, the Chairman said he supposed the people of the parish were perfectly unanimous in opposing the scheme in question. He believed Sealand had been a sort of Naboth's vineyard to Chester for some years (laughter)—for this was not the first time the city had attempted annexation of the parish. Two attempts had been made, one forty years ago, and the other more recently.—Mr. Bennion formally proposed that the ratepayers of Sealand strongly objecced to the proposal to annex part of the parish to Chester.—Mr. W. Milligan seconded, and the motion was carried.—Another resolution was passed empowering the Parish Council, if requisite, to spend the necessary money in con- nection with their opposition to the scheme.— The delegates appointed to represent the parish at the conference at Chester were Messrs. R. Podmore, H. Viggars, H. Carryer, and the Rev. Mr. Edgeworth. NEWTON AND THE BOUNDARY EXTENSION. PROPOSED INCORPORATION WITH HOOLE. At a meeting of the Newton Parish Council on Friday evening, Mr. G. A. Dickson in the chair, the Council considered what proceedings should be taken pursuant to their resolution at a previous meeting opposing the intention of the Chester Town Council to include their parish within the city boundary. The CHAIRMAN said Mr. A. E. Caldecutt (clerk of the Hoole District Council) had written to them explaining that they should request the County Council for assistance in their opposition. It was decided, on the proposition of Mr. C. A. EWING, to send copies of their resolution with regard to the boundary question to the Local Government Board, Hoole District Council, the Chester District Council, and to request the County Council to support them in their opposition. The Council next considered the advisability of joining the parish with Hoole, or forming a separate urban district. Mr. EWING thought they should take prompt action in this matter. Personally, he preferred they should neither join Hoole nor Chester, but as they required urban powers, of the two it would be to their advan- tage to join Hoole. They would then have urban powers, but he might explain that they would come under different conditions to those applying to Hoole. They would have a special rate, and any money expended on Hoole matters would not affect them in the least. In fact, they would be practically as they were at present, except that they would have urban powers. Their other alternative, which was to form an urban district by themselves, would not be at all feasible, as it would entail great difficulty and expenditure. Newton must have urban powers, for the population was largely increasing. Mr. MARRS thought it would be better to await the result of their contest about the city boundary before proceeding with this question. Mr. EWING said he would like to have the matter ventilated. Mr. MARRS did not see what they could gain by fighting two battles at the same time. Mr. EWING said the object was to strengthen their case. They had been informed by the Local Government Board that they could not have urban powers, unless they converted themselves into an urban district, or joined another body. If they fought the matter single-handed, he greatly doubted the issue of it. Mr. MARRS thought the Council should have the advice of the ratepayers on this question before proceeding further. Mr. EWING then proceeded to propose the following resolution That a ratepayers' meeting be called to con- sider the desirability of joining the urban district of Hoole. The CHAIRMAN ruled that the motion could not be put that night, as no notice had been given. Mr. EWING: Well, I want some action. I don't think I should be doing my duty to the ratepayers, if I did not move now. I want the opinion of the ratepayers. The CHAIRMAN This is not in order, according to the agenda paper. Besides, I don't think it would be advisable now. Mr. EWING said he would not put the resolu- tion, and the matter dropped.

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A SOLDIER'S STRANGE DEATH.…

COURT MARTIAL AT CHESTER.…

- DEATH OF THE REV. CANON…

HAWARDEN FESTIVAL. <♦>

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