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THE MfLWR DRAINAGE BILL. I

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THE MfLWR DRAINAGE BILL. I IMPORTANT RATING POINT. At the fortnightly meeting of the Holywell Board of Guardians, on Friday, the Cleik (Mr. Harding Roberts) gave a report on behalf of the deputation of the Board which attended the con- ference called by the Parliamentary Committee of the Flintshire County Council to consider the provisions of this Bill under which it is pro- posed to construct new drainage tunnel works in the neighbourhood of Holywell There were several points mentioned in connection with the Bill as affecting the guardians, the principal one being with regard to (lause 53, which would have a far-reaching effect both upon the union and the County Council. This clause had reference to the rating of the tunnel. Some years ago the Board— through the Assessment Committee—latcd' the Halkyn Drainage Company for their tunnel, and an appeal was made against the assessment, and ultimately settled in the House of Lords The question then settled was that an undertaking such as the Halkyn drainage tunnel was liable to be assessed, and it was so assessed at an amount of some £ 4,500 in the parishes of Holywell and Northop. The Milwr scheme being a similar un- dertaking, also became liable to assessment under the general common law. The promoters of the Bill had introduced a clause to the effect that the tunnel wo: ks should b2 regarded as included in the word "m nes,' wh ch, under the Act of 1874, were not assessed. The Parliamentary Commit- tee asked the promoters' solicitor what was the object of this clause and h's. reply was that "he had to (onfoss the- only object was to evade the payment of rates. He (the clerk) suggested that the Board should ask to have their interests protected by the elimination of this clause from the Bill. which was the opinion of the. deputation which went to Rhyl. After a lengthy d scuss on it was decided to p-esent a petition against Lie Bill, not with the object of placing any obstacle in the wav of the mineral development of the d:s- trict, but'in order to protect, the Board s interests.

KEN SIT LEADERS FRANCE.

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LITERARY NOTICES.

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK .

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IWIRRAL GUARDIANS.

THE FISCAL PROBLEM,

! EDDISBURY REPRESENTATION.…

ILIBERALISM I. FLINTSHIRE…

MR. LEVER AND WIRRAL.

FLINT BYE-ELECTION.

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DEATH OF MR D. MELDRFM.

MR. STANLEY AT FRODSHAM.

:A NESTON PRESENTATION

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FLINT BYE-ELECTION.