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EASTBROOK-PENARTH FOOTPATH. DISTRICT COUNCIL INQUIRY. OVERWHELMING TESTIMONY OF ITS EXISTENCE. MR D. R. MORGAN AND THE COMMITTEE. The questiom of the existence or non-existence of a footpath between Eastbrook and Cogan- road over the Barry Railway, in the parish of St Andrew's, was inquired into by a committee of the Llandaff and Dinas Powis Rural District Council on Monday at Tower House, Elm- grove, Dinas Powis, when evidence was ad- duced in reference to the matter by residents and others interested. The members of the committee present were:-Mr Evan Watkins, Pentyrch (chairman); Mr David Evans, Llan daff; and th Rev H. Williams, vicar of Pen- tyrch. Officials of the Council present were Mr Warren (clerk) and Mr James Holden, sur- veyor, while among those watching the pro- ceedings were Mr Claude Thompson (on behalf of the Wenvoe Castle Estate) and Mr 3-. W. Chambers (on behalf of the Bute Estate). The attendance was not large at the opening, but witnesses arrived on the scene in quick succes- sion from 3 to 6, when it was declared closed, Mr D. R. Morgan claiming that a number of others were ready to afford their testimony if the committee would listen to them. Mr Chambers, at the outset, stated that with- out b<>ing in any way discourteous to the com mittee be did not intend to take any part in the proceedings. Lord Bute's agents were perfectly satisfied that there was no legal footpath this way, and bad persisted in this, and whatever the result of the inquiry they reserved to them- selves the right to prosecute any trespassers. Mr Claude Thompson said be endorsed the views expressed by Mr Chambers entirely. The owners of the Wenvoe Castle Estate never had any idea that a footpath existed at the place, and they would certainly "top people going there. They were doing that now. The Chairman Rf cently ? Mr Thompson The tenant told me that at different times he has stopped people going that way. Mr D. R. Morgan desired to ask Mr Thomp- son which tenant be referred to, but the Chair- man interposed and declared that it was right for Mr Thompson to reserve to himself the power to make a statement or not. Mr Henry Barrett, a member of the Parih Council, who came to the district to live 17 years ago, said the Parish Council had had the question of this path before them often, and at every election it was brought forward. He had traversed the path many times, and had never been stopped. Other people had done so, and they were desirous of having the matter cleared up as to whether this was a public footpath or not. Mr D. R. Morgan said he bad just been in- formed that Mr R. O. Cram had used the path, and he desired him to give evidence. Mr Cram I don't wish to have anything to say on the matter. The Chairman I must ask that the witnesses de dealt with in their own way, and not be in- terfered with. Councillor Heury Naldrett said he had used the path weekly for 12 years in coming from and going to Penartb. When at the latter place 12 years ago he was directed to Eastbrook by that route, which he described on the map hung up in the room. He had never been stopped, and bad travelled it once at least in every week for several years past. William Vincent, Paget Cottage, Grange- town, formerly of Eastbrook, deposed to having travelled the path in question many years ago, when he went to school at Cogan and fenartb. He crossed into the fields by a cattle gate just opposite the Swan Hotel. Edward John said he had lived in Dinas Powis si ce 1822. There was no path across the fields opposite to the Swann Inn prior to the hotel being built, but he believed that there had since been a path made there by the people of Eastbrook. Witness was the second oldest inhabitant of Dinas Powis, one man being 14 days older. (Loud laughter.) He thought the people of Dinas Powis certainly ought to have a path across the field in question. Mr D. R. Morgan desired here to put a question to witness as to the nature of his evidence in a trespass case heard at Penarth a few years ago, when it was dismissed, but the committee decided that Mr Morgan should not interfere with the witnesses. Thomas Bennett said he had lived in Llan- dough 44 years, before that two years in Pen- artb, and prior to that a year in Eastbrook. The path that witness had occasion-illy used started from the Dinas Powis side of the Swan Inn nd led across the first field into the old road. Wit- ness saw other people using it, and was never stopped. At this point Mr D. R. Morgan asked the chairman if he would feel inclined to call upon ex-Councillor Thomas Cram, of Dinas Powis, who was in the room, to give evidence. The Chairman said he would be glad to hear Mr Cram if he were inclined to give evidence. Mr Morgan said that his reaso* for suggest- ing was that Mr Cram bad already given evi- dence on the point in a court of law. Mr Cram not responding, Mr Morgan asked the chairman if he might ask a question of Mr Cram. The Chairman said that would hardly do. Mr Morgan Now can you hear me, Mr Cram ? Mr Cram I'll have nothing to do with you. The Chairman I did not give you permis- sion to ask the questions. Mr Morgan Oh, I beg your pardon, sir; I thought you did. After a brief cessation, Mr D. R. Morgan asked if it would be possible for the committee to order a conveyance to fetch the old people, as th day was wet. The Chairman, on the advice of the clerk, said he thought they had no power to fetch people from outside their own parish. Mr Morgan It was doue on a previous occa- sion. and I find that the auditor allowed the payment. That is a precedent already estab- lished. The Chairman, however, still persisted in the df cisioii not to send for anyone. A large number f witnesses were called, including Thomas Bennett, Llandougb, aged 1)7, who had known the path for 44 years John Taylor, aged 74, who had known the path for over 50 years, even before the roadway was constructed in front of the Swan Hotel, and as he declared it, before the chairman was born"; Wm Trenchard, Cogan, aged 69, who had known it since 1859 Charles Redwood, Cogan, who could remember it distinctly 22 years ago; George Frederick Spear, who had knowledge of it for 20years past; Jno Vincent, aged 67, had known it 37 years Jas Vincent (32), who had known it all his life, and wmt to school thatwsy; Joseph House (52), recollected it fir>t 15 y< ars ago and always since; George Hartlond, for 25 years; Mr Vizard, aged 73, known it for over 50 years; Thomas Wright (64), who bad known it 32 years, and John Berry, 10 years. These witnesses declared that they had unin- terrupted use of the path, the route of which all w-re agreed upon. When Mr Driseoil lived at G reen-"I-, one of the witnesses said he that he ploughed the field but left the path way. The inquiry clos.<I at six o'clock, there not bein^ time to hear all the evidence that was fortlic jrning. The Chairman said that tho committee could not see their way to sitting longer, and in reply o Mr Morgan, who said that there were a largt number of other witnesses expected in a fpw minutes, said that if intending witnesses had wanted to give vide nee, thpy should have been t'nei e in time. Mr Morgan Well, great injustice is being done if you do not hear them.

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