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YSTRADYFODWG LOCAL BOARD.

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YSTRADYFODWG LOCAL BOARD. The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the above Board was held at the Public Offices, Pentre, on Friday afternoon, the following members being presentMr D. Evans, J.P., Bodringallt, (chair- man), Messrs W. Lax, W. H. Mathias, W.Jenkins, M. Llewellyn, T. Griffiths, E. Williams, J. Griffiths, W. Davies, E. Evans, D. W. Davies, J.P., and E. W. Lewis; with Mr W. H. Morgan, clerk; Mr S. Ridge, deputy clerk; and Mr J. W. Jones, sur- veyor. THE BOARD AND THE TRAMWAY COMPANY. The Clerk read a letter from the Board of Trade stating that they had appointed Mr T. W. H. Pelham as referee to conduct an inquiry into the charges of insolvency which the board made against the tramway company, and for their inability to keep the road in repair. A letter was also read from Mr Pelham himself stating that it would no doubt be convenient that as the Pontypridd Local Board had asked for a similar inquiry, both be held simultaneously, and suggesting that they be arranged accordingly. A communication was then read from Mr H. LI. Grover, clerk to the Pontypridd Local Board, offering to place in their hands the case laid before counsel if the Ystradyfodwg Board paid half of the expenses. After some conversation it was decided to offer to pay half counsel's fees only, and that other ex- penses be paid by each board separately, such as the expenses of clerks, officers, &c. This was agreed to on the motion of Mr Mathias, seconded by Mr Lax. A PETITION FROM FERNDALE. A letter, signed by Morris Morris and David Davies, on behalf of the inhabitants of North- street, Ferndale, was read, complaining of the want of a proper footpath. Mr J. Davies said his attention had been called to the matter, and he believed it would be an un- finished job until what was suggested in the letter was done. 0 The Surveyor was requested to report. THE LAMPS T*OR MARDY ROAD. Mr Griffith Thomas, Mardy, wrote to the board thanking them for the communication he had re- ceived, and hoping they would soon take the matter into further consideration. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. Mr J. W. Jones read his report for the month, in the course of which he said application had been made by the Post Office authorities to erect tele- graph poles on the main road from Ferndale to Mardy. Mr E. Evans: I think we have too much on the roads now. Mr J. Davies: We have not too much there, because we have none there. The Clerk: The telephone posts are very thick in this district. It was, however, decided to grant the necessary permission. STREET IMPROVEMENTS AT FERNDALE. The Surveyor said the permission of Messrs Davis & Sons, Ferndale, had been obtained for a grant of land necessary for the proposed road im- provement at Ferndale. MR E. W. LEWIS' MOTION. Mr E. W. Lewis moved, in accordance with notice, a resolution rescinding that passed at a previous meeting declaring that a memorial from the inhabitants of Mardy, with reference to the lighting of the road from Ferndale to Mardy, be J laid on the table. Mr Lewis said he had prepared some notes on the subject, which he would ask Mr Ridge to kindly read for him. Mr Ridge complied, the remarks being to the following effect:— MR CHAIRMAN AND GENTLEMEN,—In pursuance of the motion appearing in my name on the agenda, I beg to propose that public lamps be put up along the highway road between Mardy and Ferndale. In taking upon myself to make this proposition I feel that it is only reasonable that I should state my views. Considering that our valleys are so narrow, I am of opinion that in places where foot- paths are provided, public lights should be put up along the highways. I find that the distance re- quired to be lighted here is exactly one mile and a quarter. A large amount of business is being car- ried on over this road, and it is, I am told, likely to continue, although passenger trains will very shortly run up to Mardy. The Board have ex- pressed their views in regard to the lamps on Tre- alaw road, and they agree that the Mardy people deserve a similar consideration, or that both lo- calities should be placed on a similar footing. With this I entirely concur. The road at Trealaw was lighted by special instructions of the Board and arrangement with the gas company. Not only is Trealaw main road lighted, but the inhabi- tants of the valley situate opposite have also the advantage of a main road lighted, along both of which, for a considerable distance, there are no houses. It is well-known that the housasat Mardy are situated together, though had they been erected along the highway they would form a line to Ferndale. Therefore, if that hail been the casa, the Board would, I think, not have hesitated at all in granting what the Mardy people are now ap- pealing for. In conclusion, I may say that I hope that this matter will be finally settled to-day, thereby granting the prayer of the inhabitants of the respective localities. The Chairman said he wished^ to correct one mis-statement that had been made in Mr Lewis's notes, namely, that the lights on Trealaw Road had been placed there by special instructions. They had been placed there by general instructions. The Surveyor said he had made a mistake in saying that they had been placed there by general instructions, for they were placed there by special instructions on the 4th of October, 1887. Mr W. H. Mathias seconded Mr Lewis' motion. Mr Jenkins: I presume Mr Lewis' notes are correct so far that the road was something similar to that at Heolfach and Trealaw ? The Chairman Yes. Mr Jenkins: And is that lighted ? i The Chairman: Yes, which I think is a great mistake. Mr T. Griffiths thought Mardy people had a greater claim for lights, because they had not one road lighted, while those on the Trealaw Road had an alternative road through Dinas if they wished. The Chairman said he had expressed his opinion more thaji once, and he thought it would be a waste of time to do so again. Mr D. W. Davies did not see why Mardy people should not have light. The Chairman: They would have the same claim to have Penrhys road lighted. Mr Mathias coincided with Mr Griffiths, and re- marked that they would then have an alternative road, and would be able to go down the valley. The Chairman But they would be going about seven miles more. Mr Mathias: Yes, but it is along the bottom of the valley, and I think if you take any night on the Trealaw Road you will find that not more than a dozen people pass that way. The Chairman: Do you think the lamps can be removed from there ? Mr Mathias said he certainly did think so, and and suggested that the lamps on Trealaw Road should only be lighted for four months in the year, because they were only a waste where they were. Mr W. Davies And I think they will only be a waste in Mardy. Mr J. Davies said this matter had been twice before the board, and they had been unanimous. He did not see, therefore, why the matter should be re-opened. There had been no division. Mr Mathias We are going to have it to-day. The Chairman Mr Davies has lived in Mardy from the commencement of the place, and his opinion ought to have some weight. Mr Mathias: He has lived there, but does not live there now. The Chairman: Yes, and he has interest there more than anybody, except the colliery people. Mr J. Davies said he would oppose it because the lights were not wanted. The board were of the same opinion, but after threatening letters from a certain party, they were turning round like chil- dren. The Chairman said it had been in the press that he and the clerk especially had been very uncivil and rather contemptible, but of course they did not take notice of such things, because public men muit expect charges sometimes. But he must say that everything courteous had, he thought, oeen shown to that deputation, the same,as to other deputa* i t t Y;.L it i tions, onlv they said they did not want to know the dividends of the Co-operative Stores, and things of that kind. (Laughter.) Mr Jenkins: It appears to me that we have lamps in certain places where they were not wanted. If you can remove some of the lamps to Mardy why not do so ? Mr E. Evans said they should deal with Mr Lewis' motion first. The Chairman agreed. On the motion being put to the meeting, there were for rescinding, seven—Mathias, Davies,Lewis, Jenkins, Llewellyn, T. Griffiths, and J. Griffiths. It was accordingly declared carried. Mr E. W. Lewis: Is it necessary to make another motion. The Chairman: I think so. Mr Lewis then moved that the road between Ferndale and Mardy be lighted. Mr T. Griffiths seconded. Seven again voted for the motion, and it was carried. The Chairman said Mr Jenkins' motion might come on now if he wished to have lamps removed. Mr Jenkins said if they had lamps anywhere of no service, he would move that they be placed where they were wanted. The Clerk said that was rather vague and in- definite. Mr E. Evans said they had a contract for a cer- tain number of lamps on the Trealaw Road, and if removed to Ferndale it would be the district of another company. Mr W. Davies said they wanted to remove the lamps to Mardy, and yet they said the district was smaller. The Chairman It has been carried now. Mr E. Evans said he considered it very childish. The Chairman Well, it has been carried now, and it is no good. Mr Jenkins My motion is that wherever there are lamps in places where they are not wanted, they should be removed. This, however, was not seconded. The Chairman suggested that inquiries might be made as to arrangements for lighting the lamps on Mardy Road for only four months in the year. Mr J. Davies agreed as to the lamps in Mardy Road, but not in Mardy village. TRY HARRIS' 2/- TEA.—No Finer in the world at the price. A mixture of China, Indian, and Cey- lon.-75, Taff Street, Pontypridd.

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