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PONTYPRIDD LOCAL BOARD. The usual monthly meeting of the Pontypridd Local Board was held on Thursday, when there were present-the Rev. D. W. Williams, in the chair, Messrs Jas. Roberts, M. C111e. D. Rowlauds, P. Jones, W. Phillips, J. James. G. J. Penn, D. Leyshon, and H. Hopkins. APPKAI, AGAINST A RATE APPORFLOTFMJSNT. A letter was read from Mr Jas. Coonibes, confec- tioner, Pontypridd, protesting against the apportion- ment of the expenses in connection with the paving of the road leading to Morgan Court from the Gas Road on the ground that it was excessive. He had forwarded an appeal against the apportionment to the Local Government Board.—Mr Roberts said that it did seem a hardship especially when Mr Coombes ,$Lnoi??eails entering the road from his property. —The Clefk (Mr H. LI. Grover) said that the Act laid down that the remedy was to appeal to the Local Government Board. The Surveyor made the apportionment, and the members of the Local Board had nothing whatever to do with it.—Mr Hopkins: I find that the Surveyor has adopted the same rule now as he has in all previous cases.—The Clerk advised the Board to let it take its course. The only thing was whether the appeal was forwarded within the prescribed time. He had informed Mr Coombes e" what course to adopt in time for him to appeal within the proper period. He didn't see how the Surveyor could make any different apportionment.— The Chairman: Certainly not.—Mr Coombes, who was in attendance was now admitted to the meeting, and stated that he had already paid his proportion in connection with the main road leading to the Gas Works. The road for which he had now been assessed lay on the other side of the same property, Tjru 1'-l ■ metalled, paved, and channelled. What he wished to bring before the Board was the amount at which he was assessed, which was too heavy, and he ought not to be charged for both sides I of the road. His was a dead wall running the whole length, and he had no doorway or entrance of any kind there, the pavement being for the convenienct of those houses running along Taff Street.—The Chair- mau Do you know it, Mr Cule ?—Mr Cule thought that the Board should visit the place as there was that the Board should visit the place as there was some hardship in regard to the assessment.—The Clerk thought that the Surveyor had adopted the right method of apportionment, and that the Board could not interfere with the- apportionment.—Mr Coombes pointed out that if he had done tke work himself he would only have been required to do one half of the road, but now that the Board had per- tornied the work he had been charged on the whole. -The Clerk thought that as Mr Coombes had appealed to tbe Local Government Board, the best way would be to allow the matter to take its course. -1- j Surveyor said that it had been apportioned according to the frontage.—Mr Coombes then with- drew.—Mr Roberts said there was a great hardship in this case.—Mr Cule again suggested that the members of the Board should visit the spot.—Mr Penn said that the Board would creite a bad prece- dent it tb\ ujEt-rfered with the Surveyor's apportion- ment. Ihe oierk did net see that the Board could i aterfere. lie thought they had better let it be decided by the Local Goverunient Board.—Mr Jfobei;f -•erl?"Pon proposed that the suggestion of tbe Clerk be adopted.—Thi3 was seconded bv Mr f Penn. and »treed to.—Mr Cuombes was then recalled and informed by the Chairman of the decision of the Board. Mr Coombes thou withdrew. Ol'E DHAIX AT TliKHAIOD. The Clerk read a letter from a Mr Wales, cUlin^ attention to the open draiii behind the premises of Mr Morgan Williams, and on the property of Mr Edward Davies, at Trehafod. It was a source of great danger to the inhabitants and he would strongly advise them to close it in at once.—Mr Edward Davies attended the Board meeting, and in answer to the Chairman, said that the drain was very bad and filthy.—The Chairman said they were aware the drain was in a very bad state, but how they were to rectify matters he did not know.—Mr Phillips said ¡ it was a great hardship to Mr Davies, but, as the Chairman had remarked, he did not see how they could remedy it.—The Clerk said that that matter had been before the Board ever since it had been a Board. It was the duty of Mr Davies to clean the drain.—Mr Phillips said that it was very hard that Mr Davies should have to clean the drain for other people. There were about 66 houses which drained into it, ond if it were cleaned out it would be full again in a day or two. The closets of Mr Davies' houses did not drain into it.—Mr Davieg said that he had cleaned it out during the past week.—At the request of the Chairman, Mr Davies now withdrew, -Mr Hopkins: Why should the public pay for private drains.—Mr Penn said this was the hundredth time that it had been before the Board —The Chair- man thought that Mr Davies should go to Dr. Morgan, the owner of the land.—Mr Cule said it was a matter between Mr Davies aiid Dr. Morgan.—Mr Phillips said it was a matter for them as a Board to have the nuisance cleared away. He thought there were ona or two cases of fever there now.—Mr Penn Havn^t we power to indict him for the nuisance?— The Chairman proposed that the Clerk sbould write a letter to Dr. Morgan, calling his attention to the matter and stating that Mr Edward Davies had attended before the Board in reference thereto.—Mr Roberts suggested that the Chairman should speak to Dr. Morgan on the subject.—Mr Peun seconded the Chairman's proposition, which was agreed to.- Mr Edward Davies was then recalled when the Chairman explained to him that the Board were of opinion that they had nothing at all to do with it, but that it was a matter between him and the ground landlord. The Board had, however, d.-cided to write to Dr. Morgan, informing him how matters stood.— Mr Davies then loft. COEDPENMAEN RECREATION GROUND. The Clerk read the following letter which he had received from the Charity Commissioners, dated June 26, 1886:—Sir,—The Commissioners have had under their consideration the application submitted to them by Mr Sprague, on the 1st March last. for the discharge of the churchwardens and overseers by the poor of the parish from the trusts of this land, and ths appointment of the Local Board of Pontypridd in their stead in connection with the extract from the enclosure award, which accompanied your letter of the 8th inst. The Commissioners have come to the conclusion, upon consideration of the provisions of the Enclosure award, which was made under the authority of an Enclosure Act, that they cannot by any aeheme interfere with the provisions by which' the land was expressly vested in the churchwardens and overseers for the purposes of the Act. The i Commissioners will, however, be prepared to enter- tain an application for a scheme empowering the t trustees to make rules and regulations for the management of the recreation ground, which were not inconsistent with the terms of the award. I am accordingly to suggest that your clients r the Pontypridd Local Board] should, in conjunction with the trustees, proceed to frame rules and byelaws, and 1 forward the same to the Commissioners. In framing these rules provision must be made for the appoint- ment of managers and directors of the recreation ground in the manner indicated in the Recreation Grounds Act. 1859 (22 Vict., c. 27), provided that they do not infringe the provisions of the Enclosure award.—I am sir, your obedient servant, GEOHGE H. GAUNTLEY, Chief Clerk.—Mr Hopkins proposed that a letter be written in reply thereto, stating that for the purposes -of a recreation ground the suggestion made by them was practically useless, inasmuch as the body mentioned would not be in a position to levy rates to defray the expenses in connection with the recreation ground. The object for which the land was let originally was not attained, and, worse than that, the lord of the manner was cutting up the surface without anybody being in a position to prevent it.—Mr Roberts seconded the proposition, j which was carried. THE PROPOSED TRAMWAY. The Clerk read a letter which he had received from Mr Pollard, solicitor to the Pontypridd and Rhondda Valley Tramways Company, stating that the Board of Trade had now granted the extension of time which the Company had asked for. He expressed a hope that no disputes would arise between the Com- pany and the Local Board, and stated that they had every desire to meet the wishes of the Local Board in carrying out the work. Ht felt sure that the works now about to be commenced would be a great boon to the neighbourhood. THE WAIER SUPPLY OF THE TOWN. A letter was read from the Waterworks Company, stating that the extension of a main to Coedpenmaen and Merthyr Road was under consideration.—Mr Hopkins thought that they ought to call the attention of the Company to the inadequate water supply. If they were unable to supply a sufficient quantity they ought to say so. It was absurd that a large district like this should have such a very limited and irregu- lar snpply of water as at present. He thought as a sanitary Board, it came within their province to call the attention of the Waterworks Company to the matter.—Mr Cule said there was some excuse now.- Mr Hopkins said there were always excuses.—Mr Phillips: I think they have stopped the watering carts ?-The Surveyor: Yea.—The Chairman agreed with the remarks of Mr Hopkins.—Mr Roberts: We ought to make some provision to obtain water for watering the streets.—Mr Penn suggested that they should give authority to the Surveyor to take water from the river to water the town.—Mr Roberta suggested that the Sarveyer should be instructed to i prepare a scheme for supplying the neighbourhood by laying a certain amount of pipes down to the river and other Boorces.—Mr Levshon How much did we pay last year to the Waterworks Compauy The Surveyor: I should say about £ 30.—Mr Roberts' suggestion was agreed to and the Surveyor was instructed accordingly. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor's report was as follows: During the month I have collected f271 179 6d b ilanca owing to bank, A:684 7s lid. On the 27th June, the Public Works Committee met. Mr Griffiths, Surveyor, waited upon the Committee on behalf of the High- way Board with reference to straigteniug Nantydall Road, opposite the culvert. It was moved by Mr Hopkins and seconded by Mr Penn that the plan laid before the committee with the estimate be approved of, provided the Barry Company would do the follow- ing over the culvert, and that this Board pay half the cost of the estimate, viz., £35. The Surveyor laid before the Board a plan and estimate of the Castle Bridge, Treforest, by Messrs Maynard and Cooka. It was moved by Mr Penn, and seconded by Mr Hopkins that the plan and specification be returned as amended. The river retaining wall to the pro- posed width of the bridge on the west to be taker down to low water level and to be rebuilt in mortar; all the pointings to the bridge to be in London cement; the opening in the trellis work of the parapets not to be more than 9 inches; all the stone pillars to be 3 feet wide; the proposed alterations to be done Fit the same price. On the recsipt of the plans with the proposed alterations the committee are prepared to recommend the plans and estimate to the Board and, in the meantime, that the. contractor see the inspector of the Local Government Board at his own expense. The Lighting Committee recem. mendod a lamp to be erected on the machine bridge. The watering cart has arrived. I have received a notice from the manager of the Pontypridd Water- works requesting the Board not to use any nore water from their mains at present. Mr John Busaell, of Tonyrefail, has built additious to his house in Rickard-street, Pontypridd, without tirst submitting plans. I have been asked by Mr Sheppard, agent for Vaughan Lee Estate, to erecS a feuae on the piece of land where the Board has been widening the road at Pwllgwaun. The estimated cost of this fence will be aboat £ 5.—The recommendations contain-sd in the report were adopted. TENDER. Three tenders were received for painting the out- side of the offices of the Board, and that of Mr Reea Williams, of t6 103 being the lowest was accepted. THE ASSESSMENT OF THE OFFICES. The Clerk stated that he had seen Mr Vivian and appealed against the assessment upon the offices of the Board, stating, in support thereof, that only a Eortion of the premises were inhabited. Mr Vivian owever, had replied that it had been held that when a bank clerk simply slept upon the premises of a bank, there being no sparation from the business part of the building the whole was liable to be assessed as a dwelling house. Mr Vivian afterwards came and saw the premises and asked him (the Clerk) if the Board would be willing to let him have them for £ 19 a year. He had replied he didn't think they would. (Laughter). They could not separate the habitable part from the offices, and therefore, their appeal must fall through. The meeting then ter- minated.