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A EE IIS Y( Ml AN LOCAL GOVERNMENT The monthly rnr-ut mi; held ,;ii '.y ]'reset)t: Messrs C l. !rkfs J i' 11. Lewis, J. ritt. r !">:UT3 J. Davie*. P. ircvmbloton, T. M.itoheli, J. Davies (M.D.,) and J. T. Lduiouds. The minutes of the last meeting having been read, were followed by the production of some plans for a new chapel for the English Inde- pendents, Mr Thomas, of Swansea, being the architect. These were approved. The Chairman then read THE surveyor's REPORT. 7 beg to make the following report respecting the undermentioned subjects :— Slaughter Houses. Pursuant to the order of the Board on the 16th June last, respecting the erection or providing pub- lie slaughter houses for the district, I beg to report that I have examined several buildings and places with the view of meeting the requirements of the district, and cannot find any building that I could recommend to the Board, (effectually answering the purpose). The old Pentwyn Brewery prem ises are the likeliest, and icould be the cheapest, but I consider they are too near the houses. The best place to erect new slaughter houses, &c in my opinion, would be below the Gas Works, either in the field the main sneer runs through. or in the one situate between the Freehold Land road and the river. The Irittei- place I should prefer; hlw- ing a good road close by, and being easier to get at. Water can also easily be obtained. The probable cost of erecting the above slaughter houses, tciih cattle sheds, (f-e., complete, 1 estimate would be from £500 to £600. The committee appointed at the last meeting ex- amined the Cwmffrwd road, lower Garndiffaith the proposed road from Pontnewynydd to Cwm- frtcdwr; and the widening of the road between Pontnem/nydd and Pontypool, near the British school. on the 23rd ult. Their orders have been attended to, as will be seen in my reports upon the above subjects. Cwmffrwd Road, Garndiffaith. In accordance icith the instructions of the com- mittee, I beg to make the following report respect- ing the cost of putting the road in a far state of repair. The road is 528 yards in length, of easy gradient throughout, compared to roads in the neighbourhood, although in places some little is required to be taken off the hills and put in the hollows the other parts picked up and formed, the metalling brvb-ti the whole, hngth. Sufficient 'ill be fo»Mt in forming the road. As the j read runs the whole length, at the foot of the hill, j a Quantity of water runs therefrom in wet weather, and several cr.iss dm?r>? are recvirc-l U'> ccnrev it across the road, with proper gratings to the month of each, Estimate. Levelling the top of the hills and filling same £ s. d. in the ho'loivs j picking up and forming road, putting on proper metalling and break- I iny the same 19 16 0 27 yards of 9in. pipe drain, at 2s. Gd 3 7 6 30 yards of 15in. stone culvert, at is 6 0 0 8 icrt. iron gratings, fixed complete, at 15s. 6 0 0 £ 35 3 6 Proposed Road from Pontnewynydd to Cwfrwdwr. The Committee examined the road previously proposed, which commenced at Pontnewynydd railway bridge, and continued through. Nightingale Village to Cwmfrwdwr, joining the chapel road, Pentrepeod, about 60 yards above the tram-road. In examining the line of road, it was suggested by some that the road would be better if kept on the upper side of Nightingale Village, at a higher leeel. and along the loirer side of Ebenezei, Chapel ond joining the Pentrepeod road about 125 yards nearer Ebenezer Chapel than the first pro- posed route, ichich I find to be about 3Vt. higher level. 1 have taken a section of V surface of the ground, which is before the meeting. The proba- ble cost of a road on this route will be about £ 90. The first proposed road would be a few pounds more. The best road, in my opinion, would be the j" old tram-road (if it could be obtained, for the purpose) from the Railway station, to beyond Nightingale Village, thence turning a-mss the New British Iron Co.'s ground, and join the Pentrepeod road below Mr Pitt's shop. The parish roacl will be raised 18ft. 6in. above the tram road, thus bringing the parish road nearly level from by Mr Pitt's. A road should be provided for in making the railroad, from out of the last- named at Nightingale Village, and joining the Hoel, Lace road near Mr James George's and Mr P Ilmr/llrlon's. Road from. Pontnewynydd to Pontypool. near British School. I ben to lay before the Board a plan of the above road, which the committee recommend should be widened to 24 feet, the same width as the road is opposite, the British School, which will give an additional width to the road of 6ft. Gin., and vnll take 102 yards 5ft. of ground 'from the field, in addition to the bank between the road and fence. It will be necessary to construct a fence wall, on an average of 6ft. high, thusmalcing 13(1 pm-ches of walling. The probable cost of the same, in- eluding excavating out ground, Sc., will be about £ 34, complete. j The Cwmffrwd Old Railway. It has long been considered that the repairing (If the above road, from the Abersychan schools io the road leading to the Six Bells. Garndif- faith, would, be a great accommodation to the pub- A portion of the road is now repaired In; the Board, for which the Mon. Railway end Canal Co. receive 5s. a year, and marked from A. to B. on the accompanying tracing. The portion noto required is marked C. to A. Cwmffrwcbcr Roads and the New Railway. The Mon. Railway Co .propose making an alter- ation, with your perminsion, in the parish road crossing the railway near Joh n Jeremiah s, Cwm- frwdwr. I went with Mr TV. T. Rees on the q round or ¡""ir! wh o pointed out ■ to the proposed- ail'saii'V. which is by con- ihi-i>:» ahtio the riah(-hr-n> side of the lmp in front of the iafr Abcrgellcy Arms at a h:jl<er t than the present road, and then crossing the rail• iray and valley with a bridge and embankment. asked Mr Rees to forward me a tracing of these plans for your guidance, with the proposed cross- ing marked on, ichich I beg to lay before you, and his letters. The pencil mark lines on the plan show the proposed deviation. Mr Woodford's Building (Old Brewery Premises). Mr Woodford v;as summoned before the magis- irates on the 31 st ult., for tenanting a house with- lout having first obtained a certificate, from the Board or its officer, and was fined 40s., and a farther penalty of 40a. per day • hut the latter fine is withheld, to allow him an opportunity of coming before the Board, to arrange the matter, I received a letter from him yesterday, asking for a certificate, in ichich he states that he has had a window put in the attic room. the one half to open. Burning of Chimneys. Many persons wilfully set their chimneys on fire to avoid the expense of sweeping them. One of Wni. Carey's,Abersychan,was set on fire on the 21th ult. I intend summoning him for Saturday next, unless the Board think it better not to (In so. He would have been summoned for last Saturday, but there was no magistrates' meeting. Drains and Water-closets. The notices given at the last meeting, requiring the owner of the premises adjoining the Bible Christian chapel, Abersychan, to provide a water-closet or privy, and drains in connection with the main sewer, have not bean complied with. Financial Stitement. The sum of 1-61 48. 3d. has been received from the va- rious rates, and the sum of £ "o deposited with the trea- surer since the last meeting of the Board. I am, gentlemen, Your obedient servant., Parkinson Chapman. Witli reference to the slaughter bouses, the chairman said that the surveyor thought that tbe public convenience would be best consulted by erecting them at a point below the Gas works. That site would he central, for the whole district, and easy of access. Mr Wood- ford's premises might perhaps be obtained cheaper but they should remember that ani- mals would not only be slaiiglitered but lcept there, and they must be very careful that they did not bring a nuisance among the dwellings. It would never do to spend the public money in creating a nuisance. Mr J. T. Edmonds said they must bo careful that they did not do the very thing they were trying to undo. The Chairman thought 1 bat to parry out the purposes proposed, they sbo-.ild use their bor- rowing powers because the improvement would not only affect the existing generation, but those who came after; and it was only right that those who would be benefitted in the future should bear a part of the expenses. Mr Fisher asked if there was any prospect of the proposed slaughter house paying after it was built. Mr Henry Lewis said that pay or not, it was greatly required but whether the Board would t J J V', n, f: a ,<I Q,¡:(',1 i'¡t, ;1'1;: ..J,; .¡, ltio- l ¡ The matter -.va.i then deferred ti!! soaie fu- ture time. Tbe Chairman then introduced tbe subject of the roads. Two of tbese were already in exist- ence, and one was a new one. First, they would have to consider the road at the Garn, which had never been dedicated to the public. He stated what negochuions had taken place. Mr H. Lewis here paid that he had to go off by train, but before he left he would express a hope that the Board would defer the road from Pontnewynydd through Nightingale Village. Mr Fisher thought it had been deferred tpo long. The Chairman suggested that the Earl of Abergavenny's agen! should be consulted, to know whether the Earl would dedicate the Garn road to the public provided that the Board would put it in proper repair. In answer to Mr Esmonds, the chairman said that the repairs, if done at all, would be done by the Board's own men. Mr Fisher said that that should be left in the hands of the surveyor, who could send his men there when he saw an opportunity. Mr Pitt suggested that permission might be asked that the Board might use the stones which were lying abont. Mr Edmonds thought that if such an applica- tion were made, it would only be treated as a joke for he dared say the Earl would be glad to get rid of some of the stones. Mr Pitt said that at a]) events it would be no joke if they asked the Earl to contribute towards the expenses. The Chairman thought there wes something reasonable in mat, as the Earl's property would be greal'.}- benefitted. After some other conversation, it was left to the chairman to communicate with the Earl's ngent. and ask whether the Earl would dedicate the road to the public and assist the work by contributing. Mr Edmonds said that while on the subject of roads, he wished to mention a little bit of road outside the p'?i'< rin of the Cwmafon station. It was about 30 ) ards long, very steep, very narrow, and in bad repair. It was near the Snail-creep, on the road to the Lion's Den, and was a driving road. Tl- Chairman sai-i tlmt it would bo wrdl the -nrveY0r tc viow it and reoorl thereon at the next tneeti Mr Edu't'-Jiflf G?.id thfit two or tore* days', work wouid do it.: if was only a !itt.i« bit. Mr Mitchell said it, was probably one of those little bi's which might be proper fields for private enterprise. He did not suppose that any one took a carriage there except Mr Edmonds. Mr Edmonds letorted that though a little bit, it as much required attention as any place in ■the district. This part of the district had re- ceived very little attention, but it would have to receive more. He was not the only person who used a conveyance there. There was the baker's cart and the doctor's carriage, and they had other professional gentlemen driving there, especially about election times. The surveyor was requested by the chairman to put the matter before the Board at its uext meeting. The Chairman said that next on the list for consideration was the proposed new road from Pontnewynydd to Cwmfrwdwr, a subject which had been before the Board for many years. He pointed out in the plans the proposed route; and read a memorial from inhabitants of the district, praying that the road might, be made, He went on, after some conversation, to say that improved means cf communication were wanted there very much bnt the Board must take care. to act judiciously, and it would be well to as- certain if the old tram road could be obtained, -for if that e-uld not be obtained an i the owners o- land tva:>te<i fancy p-ices for tee proposed it Would be out. o.' the question to under- t L T surveyor directed to make inquiries ami .vpost r.'icrcii! at the uext in;< ting. The Chairman said they now came to the third roa J. It was one from Pontnewynydd to Pontvpool. It had been suggested that the awkward stumps on the side of the British School should heren.oved and the road widened. He thought that the New British Iron Company would have no hesitation in giving the land, and they might be asked to give aid towards the work, which would effect a great improve- ment. Mr Hambleton said that he would give £8 to- wards the new fence, provided that the work was done this year. The Chairman observed that it would b an advantage to Mr Hambleton, because it would ensure to him a permanent fence. The aggre- gate cost of the alteration was estimated at £34; and the contribution of £8 would leave £2G to be made np. The surveyor said that it would be well to have the work done while the men could work 12 hours a day. This was agreed to. It having been announoed that Mr Woodford wished to come before the Board relative to the conversion rif the Old Brewery Premises, and that he was in waiting, The Chairman said that rather then keep Mr Woo,if,,rd waiting longer, they would take his tua>:<•" into consideration at once. He then pr < ni c read a letter from Mr Woodford, dated .s. applying for a certificate, and stated '"it he had inserted another window (one half to open) in the top-room. In answer to the chairman, the surveyor said that he did not think that what had been done would place the building in compliance, as the window was so Lw, and was 7ft. 6in. lie, however, adnn'*J":t :;31. it was put. in as high as it could be pre b The Chairman referred to the decision of the magistrates the case, and went on to say that if reasonable requirements were complied with, as regarded ventilation and sanitary arrange- ments, they mitigate tlm strict letter of the bye laws. They had a difficult course to pursue for while they must take care not to become persecutors, they must also take care to dis- charge their duties with iinpaitiality, so as not to ask the illing man to do that which the un- willing man said he would not do. Mr Mitchell observed that their deoision on this matter would have an effect on future cases, inasmuch as it would be quoted as a precedent. The Chairman said that for the future they must require regular plans, and stop any build- ing that was not in compliance. Mr Mitchell was snre t hat there was no wish to put Mr Woodford to any unnecessary incon. venience. The chairman suggested that the building committee should examine the building, and if they saw that reasonable requirements were complied with, they might give a certificate if they found they could not give a certificate, they should tell Mr Woodford what more was n< CHK8arv to be done. This was agreed to. Mr Woodford was (hen called in, and having been hif'Tined of the course that the Board in- tended to adopt, said it was ids wish to put everything in a just way, aud if he was going to build a new house, lie certainly would not adopt the old style of building; but in this case he had merely altered an old structure. It was agreed that the committee should meet at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 18th inst. The road question was then resumed, and with reference to the Cwmfrwd railway, it was agreed to request the clerk to write to the Mon- mouthshire Railway and Canal Company, to know it they would give up the tramway if the Board went to the expense of metalling. With reference to the proposal for a bridge to carry the parish road over the railway at Cwm- frwdwr, relative to which Mr W. T. Rees had seen the surveyor, some objection was taken to the plans produced, as not showing the gradi- ents, and it was agreed to request Mr Hees to furnish sections. The surveyor was instructed to take out a summons in the case of setting fire to a chimney, in order to warn the public, and let tnem know that in future cases a heavier punishment would be asked for. The Board decided that if Mr Lloyd did not make the necessary accommodation near the Bible Christian chapel, they would do it them- selves, aud charge him with it. Mr J. T. Edmonds said that with reference to tha fire engine, there was one item which bore a great disproportion to the rest of the account. The engine cost and £3 15s. was charged for lettering on the side, at the rate of 5 per cent. Oil the whole amount. Mr Mitchell said that the name of the Board had been put on by a very expensive process, gold and shading. It was done in the style -r_ -.r IIMIA! :Y ;14 R ;,R-IE, ROCI-.V :¡ing f ir. ie ;!■• *.■• i.:■ it I:. i.. t- cd t y 1 a'vi s a'ii, !,i" '• st vv <dd 1- .£3. i ■, r,j i, tii^ vVwiV: DUNE. M- :/1 ¡' ""¡ il,q'.nri:.l;s 0'J I' t Mr E'hnt>n.:s flw; -v".y in widcii iiio wo:k ca'nr- '■> e, or he y/o'Wj not have spoken. Ho thoug.it. ii it ad been u<>ne by order of the surveyor. However, lie gtiil thought that los. had been :nsupplied, and that what lettering was required could have been done for Jess money. Mr Mitchcll believed that if the Board had been consulted, they would have been in favour of having a copy of the seal painted on the en- gine, and that would have cogt a great deal more. The Chairman asked whether the charge was considered an exorbitant one for the work done. He looked upon it as a work of art, and that in an important district like that, the Board were not expected to be afraid of their souls to lay out 5s. or £.5 on ornament. lie had noticed a banner belonging to the Philanthropic society, and learned that the price of it was £15, and if a benefit society could spend so much as that for ornament without being called to account, he thought that the Board need not be afraid of .having spent £3 for putting their name in a manner which they need not be ashamed of, on their own property. He mentioned this, not to desire justification for the club, but to show that they might use discretion in such matters. Mr Edmonds thought the £3 could have been applied to the removal of nuisances, or doing some of those "little bits" to which he had called attention. Mr Mitchell was surprised that Mr Edmonds introduced such a matter. A memorial to the Postmaster General, on the subject of the delivery of the north mail letters, was laid on the tablp, but the chairman thought I that it should contain fuller particulars, and it was referred to the clerk for that purpose. The clerk reported that. lie and the surveyor had drawn up some revised bye-laws, and would submit them to the committee as soon as Mr Greenway returned.

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