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FLINTSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. ♦ The quarterly meeting of this Council was held at Rhyl on Wednesday, under the presidency of Mr. W. Elwy Williams. THE QUEEN'S FERRY BRIDGE LUNCHEON. AMUSING DISCUSSION. From the minutes of the Queen's Ferry Bridge Committee, it appeared that several councillors had expressed their strong dis- approval of the present unsatisfactory state of affairs with regard to the working of the bridge. It was considered that the time had now arrived to put an end to what were con- sidered to be experiments carried on at the cost of the Council, and Mr. Irwin was called upon as clerk of the works to state clearly and definitely for the information of the committee his view of the present situation, and what should now be done to terminate the difficulties. Mr. Irwin then gave it as his opinion that the boilers were too small to do the work. That was one cause, and then they had to deal with friction in different parts of the bridge, expansion in the girders, the failure of the pipes, and, finally,' he believed that neither the designer nor contractors had any idea of the character of the bed of the river. The whole subject having been discussed, the committee decided upon a conference with Mr. Barber, the architect, on Monday last. The CLERK explained that Mr. Barber being away on the Continent, the conference could not take place but as Mr. Barber was return- ing this week, a meeting would be arranged without delay. Mr. WILLIAM THOMAS (Caerwys) called attention to the following item in the accounts '0. T. Ellwood, hotel keeper, Queen's Ferry, £46 18s.' He thought the Council ought to have some particulars as to how this money was spent. (Laughter.) Alderman WILLIAM DAVIES suggested that Mr. Thomas should move for a list of names of those present at the luncheon on the occasion of I the opening of the bridge. (Laughter.) The CLERK explained that the Queen's Ferry bridge was a Jubilee bridge—(laughter)—and I knowing that the members of the county councils and other bodies who had been invited could not meet at a distance from home without some refreshment—(hear, hear)—the committee was empowered to incur a reasonable expense in entertaining them. A number of people were present, and the £46 was the cest of refreshments. It was not an extravagant luncheon, but it was a very good luncheon of the sort—(laughter)—and everybody seemed highly pleased and gratified. (Renewed laughter.) Dr. HUMPHREY WILLIAMS (Flint): I am not satisfied with the explanation. If the County Council as a body have a right to provide refreshments, why was I not invited to partake of them? (A voice: "You went away too soon.") I did not go away too soon. (Laughter.) I was under the impression that private notice had been given of this luncheon, and that being so it is only fair it should be privately paid for. I decidedly protest against this bilJ, inasmuch as all the councillors were not invited as councillors to that particular luncheon. The CHAIRMAN: It was a well-known thing among all the councillors present that all were invited to be present. Dr. WILLIAMS: I say it was not well-known among the councillors, because I did not know of it. (Laughter.) Alderman JOSEPH HALL: It was a public thing, and Mr. Gladstone was to be invited to the luncheon. Dr. WILLIAMS: I was told that had fallen through, and I had heard no more about it. Mr. R. LLEW. JONES (Rhyl) was sorry for Dr. Williams, because he must have missed a very Jovial meeting. (Laughter.) The CLERK said it was originally proposed to ask Mr. Gladstone to luncheon, and prepara- tions were made for a luncheon on a proper scale to which Mr. Gladstone could eit down. He, however, preferred not to attend the luncheon, owing to his age and different reasons, and therefore the County Council and the Queen's Ferry Bridge Committee, having regard to economy—(laughter)—decided not to have an expensive luncheon, and therefore they put up with a plain luncheon. (More laughter.) He (the clerk) sent notice to everybody, and if Dr. Williams did not receive one, he was sorry. Mr. URIAS BROMLEY (Holywell) did not think it was worth carping over the cost of this small luncheon. They must remember that it was held during the Diamond Jubilee year. It was Dr. Williams' misfortune, as well as his own, to be absent— (laughter)—but it was a paltry thing to squabble about, and he moved that the account be passed over. Dr. WILLIAMS: I will second that. (Laughter.) The CHAIRMAN expressed sorrow for those who were disappointed, and the matter dropped. PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION AT HOPE JUNCTION. A DISGRACE. The CLEBK reported that he had had some correspondence with the London and North- Western Railway Company as to the service of trains between Rhyl and Mold, and as to the abominable state of affairs at Hope Junction. The result was that an alteration in the service of trains had been made, which rendered it possible to hold some of their committee meet- ings at 11 o'clock instead of 12.30. As to Hope Junction, however, the company said nothing. Mr. J. HERBERT LEWIS, M.P., was sure the Council were grateful for any concession that might be made by the railway company with regard to the service of trains. The question of accommodation at Hope Junction, however, was not a question of concession at all. It seemed to him to be a question of plain duty on the part of the railway company. (Hear, hear.) He was at Hope Junction a few days ago, and took the trouble to measure the small wooden hut that had been put up on the down side of the line. He found it was 8ft. by 9ft. That was the space provided for the accommodation of passengers. Then, on the other side of the line, there was an open shed, as the Clerk of the Council (Mr. Kelly) and he knew to their respective costs, for each of them nearly caught his death of cold there. It was open all the way in front, and was not even closed at the back. A friend of his told him the other day he had seen 200 people on Christmas Eve standing in the sleet and snow unable to find any shelter whatever, waiting for a train which was late. He had heard of a number of other instances of women and children being kept there late at night. He was unable to apportion the responsibility between the two companies, the London and North-Western and the Man- chester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire. It seemed to him probable both the companies were responsible, but, without any exaggeration of language, the state of things that had prevailed at Hope Junction for many years past could only be described as a disgrace to whoever was responsible for it. He thought the County Council ought to make some further effort to obtain a remedy for this state of things. (Hear, hear.) The very least any railway company could do, under the circumstances, would be to provide better protection for the passengers. He hoped this question would not be dropped, but in every possible way pushed forward until something satisfactory was done. Mr. BELLIS (Hope) said he had actually seen poor women with children in their arms almost starved to death on the platform. Another point was that the railway company would book passengers from Chester to the junction, though there was no road from there. Mr. LEWIS moved that the clerk write to the London and North-Western Railway Company drawing attention to the fact that no reply had been received to that part of his letter relating to Hope Junction, and respectfully requesting the company to meet the wishes of the Council, and that if the reply was unfavourable, the clerk should enquire as to the extent to which the Board of Trade had any jurisdiction in the matter, and report to the next meeting of the Council.—This was seconded by Mr. Samuel Davies (Bagillt) and agreed to. THE ARMORIAL BEARINGS OF WALES. A letter was read from the Clerk to the Cardiff Town Council asking that the Council would support the sending of a petition to the proper authorities in favour of including the Arms of Wales in the Royal Armorial bearings.—It was decided, on the proposition of Lord Mostyn, that a petition be signed with a recommendation that if any addition is made to the bearings, the arms of the last Prince of Wales (Llewelyn) be used.—Mr. Herbert Lewis thought Wales should also be represented by some emblem in the same way as England, Scotland, and Ireland, on the coins of the realm, and it was decided to in- corporate this suggestion in the petition. THE COUNTY FINANCES. The Chairman said it was the last year they would have to pay the sum of £580 7s. 8d., in respect of the loan of L22,000, borrowed for the purpose of that 'white eleryhant '-the Mold prison. (Hear, hear.)—The treasurer reported that on the accounts for the quarter ended the 30th of June, there was a balance of zC527 us. 3d. due to him.—Mr. R. Jones asked what explanation there was as to the unsatisfactory condition of things.— Mr. T. Parry (chairman of the Finance Committee) said they had advanced considerable sums in anticipation of loans, including £ 3,000 as part of their con- tribution towards the cost of enlarging the lunatic asylum, and another £ 3;500 for the Queen's Ferry Bridge. They would receive all these sums back from the leans, so that the adverse balance would b9 rectified. He pro- posed the adoption of the recommendation of the Finance Committee, that a rate of Id. in the £ be levied to meet the requirements of the Council for the ensuing six months of the current financial year.—The motion was agreed to. °




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