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THE PROPOSED NEW ROAD FROM I PONTYPOOL TO ABERSYCHAN. 1 To the Editor of the Free Press. Dear Sir,—Knowing your fairness in the treatment of public affairs, I ask your kind pur mission to make a few mad observations on (I matter of extreme importance to the ratepayers of the Abersychan Local Board District. Some two ur three members of the Local Board having taken it into their heads to carry a schetne which means some two or three thousand pounds to the already over- burdened ratepayers of this district. Prom your report of the proceedings of the last meeting of the Board it is clear that they are determined to make this new road if they can borrow the needjul cash, and ? member (Mr Dent) courageously opposed it and promised to prosecute the opposition he feel. bound to offer tO this inopportune and extravagant expenditure when the commissioner from London arrives here for the purpose of making his in- quiry. It is necessary that the co-operation of all those ratepayers in the district who disapprove the making of this new road be secured at once, so that a determined and effective answer shall be given when the time comes. I am. glatt to learn that a public meeting will shortly be held at the White Hart Hotel, Abersychan, to consider the matter, and with a view of concerting the necessary measures for the good fight. That Local Government Boards are not omnipotent has been proved of late at Pontypool, where a tradesman would not bow to the dictum of the local parliament in reference to an improvement scheme of theirs and the Local Government Board in London refused to sanction it, vetoed the proposals, and rendered nugatory all they had done. Abersychan Rate- payers, take courage from this fact I have no doubt that if this matter be butfairly represented to the London Local Government Board, they willlikewiscs in this case decline to sanction « scheme involving the outlay of several thousands of pounds in such a stupid manner that scarcely a tittle of benefit will accrue to the Abersychan rate payers jor the money expended thereon. Shortly we shall have to deal with the general drainage sckeme, in accord ance with recent legislation; this is unavoidable, and pt rhitps expkins the haste with which this new road has been pressed forward and nothing said by our local legis- lators about the more costly scheme, until the new road question was placed in a, position of safety; added to this there are hundreds of houses without closet accommo- dation and, strange to say, the bulk of the property so neglected and ill-provided is owned by prominmt members oj the Local Board of Health. It is proposed to make this road on the ground of safety, &c., viz., that the old road is rendered unsafe because the new railway (bridge) crosses it in one place only the new road is promised to be safer because (although 1 cannot see the force of the reason) it will pass by two ironworks on a level with the belehing fire from the numerous chimney-tops with which they abound. Anym.an not wilfully blind would have seen that tlt.ere would be inji,.ite[ý more danger inpassing along a road so situated than the existing one. To those persons in the parish whose hands and gaze become un- steady by Club-house potations the road will be of sub stantial service, but on purely public grounds it is not required. The plea that it will be of assistance to the EMu; Vale Co. is false, for the removal of that hilly ap- proach to Abersychan would still leave a worse one to be encountered at tlie bottom of that place, and one which cannot be removed. The Ebbw Vale Co. would do much better in starting the ironworks at Abersychan than waste their resources upon a new road which will be of no benefit to them. I do not hesitate to say that the road was propused by two or three members oj the Local Board —privately and the determination to carry it "by hook or by croo/c" is clear by the indecently-shuffling manner in which it has been dealt with at the so-called meetings of the Board. The slang and bullying dealt out by them had its weight. The more modest, and I might add, the more timid, members have been overawed into silence (if not acquiescence) in the scheme. There is a very strong feeling in this district, sir, against the conduct of the Board in reference to this matter, and we are looking about for a remedy; and upon public grounds, sir, I trust you will permit me to expose this job in the columns of your valuable paper. That Pontypool tradesmen laugh at the senseless supinetiess of the Abersychan ratepayers in making an exceedingly expensive new road for the benefit, and at the direction of one or two persons, isjusti- fied by the ridiculousness of the situation. The expendi- turel,8 uncalled-for and unnecessary in the highest de- gree, particularly in a time of commercial depression like the present; atul to yro/ect such a useless and costly scheme on the mere fanciful probabilities of improved times s, I hope, a species of political insanity the de velopment of which, luckily, seems to be confined to such wise-acres as the Abersychan Local Board. At the time of my writing, and for a past period of two years, two largctromvorks in the Abersychan distr ict have been idle involving a loss to the place oj a sum, in wages alone, of about year, to say nothing of the loss conse- quent upon the short time worked by the collieries. There is not to all appearance the remotest chance of the iron- works being re-started, and dire distress exists; all of which make it yet more difficult for the struggling trades- men to live. Can it be imagined that ehe selfishness of men can be so degenerate as to ask the ratepayers to sub- lItit like" dumb, driven cattle" to be further taxed for the benefit of one or two persons when at a time like the present the all-absorbing study M, how to live, or linger on, in hope of better times which do not appear likely to come Diffictilt as it may seem to realise the fact, yet fact it is, and I rely upon your kindness, Mr Editor, to ask my fellow-ratepayers to unite as one man against this outrage upon their common interests. My advice is, Unite, and the defeat of the scheme is certain; unite, and the work is done. Yours truly, THOS. WILLIAMS, Boot and Shoe Maker. Abersychan, Aug. 14,1877.

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