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FLINTSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. + SMALL HOLDINGS ACT. LOCAL REQUIREMENTS. (By Our Own Reporter.) A quarterly meeting of the Flintshire County Council was held on Wednesday at Mold, Mr. J. W. Summers (chairman) presiding. BUCKLEY BARBERS' PETITION. The General Purposes Committee had received a petition under the Shop Hours Act from barbers in Bucldey, in the following terms:- We, the undersigned, hairdressers and barbers oarrying on business within the urban area of Buckley, desire that an order in Council be passed regulating the closing time of all hair- dressers' and barbers' shops in the urban area according to the Shop Hours Act, 1904." It was explained that the total number of barbers was seven, and six had signed the petition. The Clerk said it was an expensive and troublesome proceeding to put the Act into operation when the men themselves were practically agreed. The Act was never intended for such a case as this. On the motion of Lord Mostyn, seconded by Mr. James Peters, the committee decided to pass to the next business. SHOTTON TITHE. Mr. A. J. Reney called attention to a state- ment in the minutes that the clerk had reported to the Standing Joint Committee the receipt of a formal notice from the Board of Agriculture that an order had been made directing the re- demption of the rent charge on land in the parish of Hawarden, and that the share proposed to be apportioned in respect of Shotton Police Station and premises amounted to 8s. Id. The re- demption money would be equal to 25 times that amount (£20. 28. Id.), with a small sum for incidental expenses. Mr. Reney protested against this payment, and said the amount to be paid was 8a Id., plus 2d. for incidental expenses. —Tire matter was referred back to the com- mittee. SMALL HOLDINGS. CAN TENANTS PURCHASE? From the minutes of the Small Holdings Com- mittee it appeared that Mr. John Owen, a repre- sentative of the Board of Agriculture, attended and explained the provisions of the Acts, and suggested that one of the first steps should be to make them known throughout the county, and to ascertain to what extent a demand for small headings existed. It was decided (1) that forms be approved, printed and circulated, viz.: (1) A summary of the Act so far as it is neces- sary for intending applicants, (2) a form of notice, and (3) a form of application. (2) That copies of the forms be sent to the various local authorities throughout the county. (3) That a letter be sent to the chairman of each rural and urban district and parish council and parish meeting, asking him to state, after holding a meeting or taking any other steps, what demand exists for small holdings in his pariah, and if any existe, to furnish the names of persons desirous of becoming small holders. (4) That copies of the notice be posted on the doors of all places of worship, and at police stations, post-offices, etc. and that forms of application bo sent to all police stations and post-offices. (5) That the committee to be appointed under the Act be directed to inquire into and report as early as possible upon all applications that may be received, so as to enable the Council to con- aider whether a bona-fide demand for small holdings exists in the different localities, and the steps necessary to be taken to supply it. The Chairman, moving the adoption of tho minutes, mentioned that Lord Carrington had given the assurance that there was an enormous number of applications for land in all parte of the country. It was likely, therefore, that small holdings would be a very important subject for the council's consideration, and he was glad tha.t the committee appointed had been strengthened by representative members. Mr. J. Philip Jones (Holywell) said the Act was next in importance to the Education Act, and it was quite possible that if it was success- fully put into force the County Council would have in a few years hundreds of agricultural tenants. He did not wish to discuss the merits or demerits of the Act, but it seemed to have one important defect—that under the new Act there was no facility for an occupier to become his own landlord. This militated directly against the successful working of the Act. He moved that the Board of Agriculture be asked whether under the Acts relating to small hold- ings and allotments it wap, now possible for an applicant to purchase his holding, and if so, that a question be formulated and sent out with the forms of application referred to. If the tenant could become owner after a period of years and the land transferred, the Council would do away with the cost of management and repairs. The Chairman thought the motion a little premature. The committee would consider the point raised, and decide what was the right course to pursue. Mr. Robert Jones quoted the opinion of Mr. Corrie Grant, K.C., that under the present Act a tenant could not buy land, but could under the Act of 1892. Mr. H. A. Tilby suggested that Mr. Jones should make hie resolution an instruction to the committee to ascertain from the Board of Agri- culture definitely whether a tenant could pur- chase, and that the information be circulated. Mr. Jones agreed, and a motion in this form was carried. MEDICAL INSPECTION OF CHILDREN. On the subject of the memorandum from the Board of Education regarding the medical in- spection of children attending elementary schools, Mr. T. W. Hughes, chairman of the Education Committee, brought forward their recommenda- tion that a joint committee of the County Council and the Education Committee be ap- pointed to consider the whole question. Mr. Hughes said if they were to appoint a medical officer of health for this duty, with a staff to assist him (there being no medical officer of health for the county), it woulld be a very serious item. The question was whether they could devise some scheme whereby they could arrange for the work to be done by the medical officers of the various sanitary districts. Representatives were appointed to meet those of the Education Committee. TERRITORIAL ARMY SCHEME. Mr. J. W. Summers, chairman of the Council, was nominated to serve on the County Associa- tion under the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act, 1907. COUNTY COURT FOR CONNAH'S QUAY. At a meeting of the General Purposes Com- mittee Mr. J. W. Summers referred to a move- ment which was on foot for the establishment of a County Court at Connah's Quay, and informed the committee that the difficulty was that there was no suitable building in the district. The matter was an important one, having regard to the large population. It was also felt that better accommodation for the magistrates' courts should be provided. The Clerk explained the arrangement with his Majesty's Secretary of State and the Treasurer for the time being of the County Courts at Holywell and St. Asaph for the use thereof for magisterial purposes. It was resolved that a representation be made to the Standing Joint Committee that a suitable building for county court and magisterial pur- poses is urgently reeded in Connah's Quay.

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