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-0- To the Editor of the 11 17intshire Observer SrR,-The question of the site for the Market Hall still agitates the public mind in Holywell. The Local Board has decided upon the matter, and has purchased interests in the King's Arms site to the value of £ 700, therefore it seems evident to me that this vexed question should be finally set at rest. I ask is it right, just, or honourable that the so called lower end party, after having been so frequently defeated, should attempt to keep the question still open, and not accept their defeat like men. If the principle that the minority is to govern the majority, then farewell to local, municipal, and national government. Unfortu- nately such is attempted in Holywell, for private and selfish interests, and not for public good. I will en- deavour to show that the removal of the market will not ir. jure property, will not reduce rents, or interfere with business; if these two important items form a correct criterion to judge from, and if I am able to do so, I think it unfair that these selfish clamorers should thus place themselves in the way of progress. Moreover, the parties who oppose the King's Arms site as being "out of High-street," are the same who so strenuously advocated the Whitford-street and Spring gardens sites, neither of which are in High-street,— hence their consistency.—If the contiguity of the market is such a panacea for all the ills that trade and property is heir to, how is it that the shops and other business premises situated in the very centre of the present market place are so reduced in their rentals, while such is not the case with similar premises at the extreme ends of High- street, and the adjoining streets still further removed from the market place. These latter places ot business still maintain their original values, and arc still successful. In the centre of the market place we have seen the Bell and Antelope Inn closed for years together as tenant after tenant left it, and it is now let at little more than half its former rent. Then we have the noble hotel opposite, and which has been for a long time empty, whose rent is, after deducting what is sublet of the back premises, only about quarter its former value, and with all the boasted advantages of being in the very centre of the market place. While we have an hotel at the extreme of High-street letting at 170 per annum! And again, thee are houses and shops in the heart of the market place whose dingy looks and tumble-down condition are miserable and dangerous to look at and pass near to, find which let at about one-balf their former rental. Surely the down party" will not think to cadjole us by attempting to give us these startling facts as evidence of past or present prosperity of this particular portion of High-street. And bow is it that with all the advantages of the market place that there is not a grocer's shop on the south side of High-street until we come to Mr. D. Williams', near the National Provincial Bank, nor on the same side of Whitford street, until we come to Mrs. Jones & Son, and you have only one draper's establishment from this place in Whitford-street to the Victoria house at the extreme of High-street. On the north side of High-street again we have no draper's shop from Mr. Garner's until we come to London house; and from the top of Well street to opposite the National Provincial Bank you have only a grocer's, a tallow chandler's and a pro- vision shop. I may ask, when shops and premises have been so often empty in this lower portion of High-street, why the drapers aud grocers and others have left them so why have they shuned this central portion of High-street "where the market is held, and pay higher rents for shops further removed? The reason is obvious enough, for every man of business who has a shop front he is proud of. wishes to display his goods to the h 'st advantage, ana not have his win- dows obstructed* by antiquated relics of bye-gone ages, —stalls with their reeking contents, ready to bedaub the first, lady or gentk .ian who may venture to enter his shop. These partie3 then who choose to purchase their groceries and drapery goods feel compelled to patronize those shops, that are frier of access. And again, on neither side of High-street wiil we find a shoemaker's shop un:il .ve comc to near the National Provincial Bank, "no t,b. -wntcVr^nkers re riill further up. It may be asked wVl is it the bulk of the business (L'ne near tho present market site? Weil I will till you.—It is here that Sir John Barleycorn reigns supreme; he has here placed his wares broadcast as sp'dc-'s webs on an autumnal morning. He says this part -of High street is mine, and as I am patronised by rich and poor I claim the privilege of precedence, and the Market must not be removed to the detriment of my interest. AF 'be JJeer Barrel is so potent in its influ- ence in this ■•ild, it too often fcc,1 inclined to ride roughshod ov its neighbour. Trom Whitford-street to the top oi High-street you have on one side eleven drinking establishment*. agvlr.«t ■ ne grcc?r's and one draper's. It is no wonder th -u we should have Sir John Barleycorn so fiercely contesting his pre- sumed rights. If we therefore omi. the drinking establishments, there will not remain where the present Market is held above fourteen or fifteen individuals who are oppose to the King's Arms site, as the petition to the P',1rd show; and most of these are not so dependant on the Maiket as the grocers and drapers. There have two petitions been presented to the Hoard signed by a large majority of the ratepayers in favour of the King's Arms site, and the tiplatures to which affixed are free of the pressure of landlord influence, I therefore ho^e that our Commissioners, who have asserted their iuùep<:ndeDC4J 80 far, will still go on and not be deterred by any threat or influence. .\ntlas those Commissioners, with the exception of one, who advocate the upper site, havenc personal interest, in the way of business or property, in ihe matter, it is therefore evident they only want to benefit and im- prove the town, by placing a building in a spot where it will be both useful and ornamental, and of which future generations may be proud of.—Yours, AN OLD INHABITANT. Jan. 12 th, 1864.

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