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CONNAH'S QUAY. APPOINTMENT OF A WAYWARDEN.—A meeting was held on Thursday at the New Connexion school- room to appoint a waywarden for the township of Wepre. Mr. John Reney was appointed to the chair. A warm discussion took place as to the advisability of re-electing Mr. Hughes as way- warden. Strong opposition was offered by Mr. Edwards, Lleweni Farm, who moved that Mr. Ellwood be appointed, and Mr. A. Patten seconded the proposition. Mr. Edward Roberts, senr., pro- posed that Mr. Hughes be re-elected, and was seconded by Capt. Peers. This occasioned a very lively discussion with the following result:—For the appointment of waywarden that day, 8 for the adjournment, 9; majority for the adjournment, 1. The chairman then declared the meeting adjourned for 14 days. THE BRIDGE OVER THE DEE. Among the witnesses called before the Select Committee of the House of Commons on Thursday in opposition to the Bill now before Parliament, was Mr. Alfred Walker, who said he was a member of the firm of Walker, Parker, and Co., and had works at Bagillt on the Dee; works at Newcastle, on the Tyne and they had works also in London. He was also a River Dee Commissioner and chairman of the committee for promoting the Dee Conservancy Bill. He had resided in Chester for about 30 years, and was well acquainted with the navigation of the Dee and the manufacturers on the banks of it. He objected to the proposed bridge in its present form on the ground that it would be a serious obstruction not only to the passing up and down of vessels, but he was also convinced that it would raise shoals in the bed of the river, both above and below bridge. If they contracted the opening the water must pass more rapidly through these openings this would raise a greater quantity of sediment than would be raised by the ordinary current of the river, and that sediment would of course be deposited elsewhere. He was not speaking from a scientific engineering point of view, but from the point of view of ordinary observation, and from a common sense point of view, as he thought. In former years they used to get all their lead up by the river, but owing to the bad state of the river and the reasonable terms offered them by the North- Western, they found it better to bring it by rail, as they had sidings both at their Bagillt and their Chester works. They had also a connection at Chester with the Shropshire Union Canal, which joined the river at Crane Wharf. He knew something of the bridge, at Newcastle-on-Tyne. When the Cheshire Lines came to Chester they naturally expected that they would get lower rates, at all events on the Midland. The agent came to them and said he hoped they would get a share of the traffic, and they replied that they would give them a share in their traffic if they got something in return, namely a reduction of rates; the agent said they were very sorry, but they were bound by their arrangements with the other companies. As a considerable trader in this country he had no hope of railway competition giving them any material benefit in reduction of rates. -Crot-s- examined by Mr. Littler. Q.C. The only check upon railways was the sea. Railways did not act upon one another, in his experience, in reducing rates. As to the river, if you blocked up one-fifth of the channel it must seriously interfere with the flow and reflux of the Dee. Asked whether it was not Mr. Robertson who originated the Chester Conservancy Bill, witness said he was not clear how it started, as he was not at the first meeting. As to the Dee Commissioners, they had been in existence for centuries. Their income was nothing at all. Their property was nothing. They had no means of raising money.—Mr. Littler Then I think I am right in saying that your works are in nubibus. Any pewer you are to have—that is to come.- Witness Undoubtedly. Re-examined This Conservancy Bill was not the Bill Mr. Robertson was going to promote his Bill was to make a canal and dock of the Dee between Chester and Connah's Quay, but Mr. Robertson had lodged no bill of any kind, but he had given notice for one. He with- drew what he proposed to do, and the gentlemen interested in the navigation simply took up, with his consent, a portion of his notice, and proceeded with a Conservancy Bill of their own. As to the canalisation of the Dee, he (witness) would have had nothing to do with that. If they had not had the river as an alternative route for their materials they would not have been able to get such low rates from the Loudon and North-western Railway Company from Bagillt. In one of their most important trading districts about Bristol, although there were three railway companies going there, the rates were so high that if they had not had the opportunity of sending by sea they would have been entirely cut out of the trade by the existing com- petition in their trade. He was chairman of the executive committee for promoting the Chester Con- servancy Bill. The River Dee Commissioners, who had no funds as a body, was another body al- together. The committee on Tnesday declared that the preamble of the Bill was proved. The result has given great satisfaction at Wrexham.




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