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ABERAYRON: ITS FAILINGS AND WANTS. To the Editor of THE JOURNAL. Sip.Ia the Cambrian ivews or the 26th ult. appears an account of an enquiry held at Aber- ayron into the desirability of appointing a Local Board for that town, to which, if you can spare me space, I should like to refer. The first duties of such a board would be to secure a good water supply and to clear the town of the abominations which offend-if not its inbpbitants-the better class of its summer visitors, 4-Ur.4- .1. '1 --1" » a.u\i mat ouwi nuino \iiUU many uiuers; are neces- I sary there can be no manner of doubt. It is a common occurrence for the principal side of Alban- square to be flooded with slush as to be impassable to pedestrians, and as there is no provision for taking even the surface water away, this filth remains until it has in part evaporated and in part sunk into the earth and the adjoining cellars. Then, as every house is provided with a cesspool and most with pigstyes generally of the most primitive construction and almost at their back doors, the water, plentiful as it is under certain parts of the town, is polluted by all sorts of excreta. With its -Parochial and Sanitary Committees, Medical Officer of Health, Sanitary Inspector, &c., such things ought not to be, but the history of the public works of Aberayron is a series of blunders and unfinished undertakings. To take first those for which the townspeople as a body are not responsible we bave-(I) The sergeant's house and lock-up, built so that the end in which the cells are (of one floor and seldom used) face the Square, whilst the sergeant's quarters, with its two floors are out of the Square and under a high bank overhung with trees; (2) The recently deepened drain from the Post Office to the river was closed for the second time without a single grating in the whole length of Albert- street to relieve it of slush in wet weather; (3) The half finished retaining wall balow the bridge which became undermined and the primitive djvlos for its protection carried away by the ordinary floods; (4) The unfinished harbour wall with its ramlike projection, a terror to the masters of the frail craft visiting the harbour; (5) The wall above the bridge (for which the Cardiganshire County Council is responsible) were it completed would be a great improvement, but unfinished as it is, is a public danger. In fart, everything of a public character is unfinished in Aberayron. We come now to those works for which those spoken of at the enquiry as the "strong public men" of the place-aided from the pockets of the inhabitants and neighbouring gentry—are respon- sible, and notice-(l) The much-abused town clock —periodically dumb for want of protection, Ðil, and attendance-for which the hat is constantly going round; (2) The "Lovers' Bridge," constructed of good materials, but without a single coat of paint to preserve it throughout; and although funds were provided for this and other objects 18 months ago, the money Î3 still in the hands of the treasurer and nothing done, whilst the masonry supporting the bridge became undermined in a single season (3) The groin erected at the ladies' bathing place to collect sand would answer well if filled with stones and the top closed, but instead it is left open to the tender mevcies of "Davy Jones," whilst when sand does happen to collect it is allowed to be carted away. In the face of such examples one may be excused for doubting whether a Local Board, without infusion of new blood, would do better than its predecessors. It was said at the enquiry that many would object to water brought through iron pipes. That this is so there is no doubt, as the pump, specially erected three years ago to bring the best known water from a well specially constructed to exclude the dirty leel and surface water, soon fell into disuse because it was fed through iron pipes, the water from under the leet being preferred. As a cmsequense when, during floods and the leet water muddy, the pump is resorted to, there is a collec- tion of iron oxide, and ignorant prejudice considers itself justified. Unfortunately this prejudice has been strengthened by the reports of the Medical Officer of Health who, apparently in ignorance of its thoroughly efficient construction and of the fact that the subsoil for nearly nine feet is, princi- pally, of clay, below which is a- gravell stratum through which the water filters, has condemned the well on the grounds that the land round grows potatoes (manured, principally, with harmless ashes) and cabbages (planted in rows with ruts between to carry off surface water to the leet). To conclude, I would suggest that next to the improvement of the town one of the chief wants of Aberayron (in the absence of export trade and of any calls for skilled labour) is the education of the young women, whose widowed mothers have little beyond the hire of their apartments to sustain them, in plain cooking (the more efficient the better) and waiting decently at table, so as to attract a bettor class of visitors. If, however, the inhabitants prefer slush and stench, and visitors who pay 3d a day for their quarters and make it.decent exhibitions of themselves on the beach, they will continue in their present ways. I am, Sir, &c., PRO BONA PUBLICO.



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