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MERTHYR TOWN COUNCIL. CYFARTHFA CASTLE GROUNDS. ARRANGING FOR PICNICS. PROPOSED GRANT TO BRECON-ROAD SOUP KITCHEN SECRETARY. The monthly meeting of the Merthyr Town Council was held ot the Town Hall on Monday night. The only members absent were: Coun- cillors A. W. Houlson (ill), W. Lewis (Tre- harris). Ed. Edwards, N. F. Haneky, and David John (who had an important engagement in connection with the Oddfellows). Two whole hours were occupied in going through and con- firming or otherwise the minutes, by which time many members of the Council had left, and by 9.30 only eleven remained in their seats. CYFARTHFA CASTLE AND PARK. The Cyfarthfa Castle and Lands Committee reported having visited the Castle, and recom- mended that the quadrangle and the rooms abutting thereon be specially appropriated for the purpo.-es of picnics, and instructed the Town Clerk to make inquiries and report as to arrang-ements and charges for similar accom- modation in other towns. The Committee in- structed the Borough Engineer to report as to tho appliances and alterations necessary for such provision. The Committee inspected the gardens with Mr. Oswald, and decided to ad- vertise for tenders, and instructed the Borough Surveyor to prepare a plan showing the plots available for letting. The Committee recom- mended that the plot of land and glass house ad- joining the north wall in the top garden be a!- lotted' to Mr. Oswald at a nominal rent of Is. per l annum as a consideration for his services with regard to the gardens proposed to be let to var- ious tenants. The Committee recommended that the four small ponds at the rear of the Catlebo drained as a preliminary to cleaning. With regard to the lands, it was resolved that the existing tenancies bo renewed to the 31st December next, subject to the Council reserv- ing to themselves- the riftht to construct such roads or other works as they may deem desir- able. The Committee decided that the tenancy of the plot immediately in- fYont of the Castle, let to Mr. Probert," which expires on the 30th inst., be not renewed, and that the land be re- served for the us-e of the public. The Town Clerk was instructed to communicate with Mr. Williams, the tenant of the land near the south- west of the post, for the purpose cf ascertaining whether he would consent to the construction of a pathway leading from the Castle grounds to Bryn Cae Owen Pond; It was also resolved that tenders be invited for the right of provid- ing and letting boats for the use of the public on the Cyfarthfa Castle Pond. The Borough Surveyor was instructed to obtain quotations from manufacturers for the supply of 5ts to be p'aced in various portions of the grounds. Coun. Ifaac Edward- said tho summer was fast approaching, and he thought the Commit- tee should be given power to spend a sum of £ 50 upon providing conveniences for tea par- tips, such as boilers, etc.—It was agreed that £ 25 be spien^.—Coun. Dan Thomas .caid that thirty offers had been received for o-arclens, and as time for planting had arrived, he thought the plots should be let without delay.—Aid. "rr- "-[lid that Mr. Craw,),av objected to the Council letting the land until the purchase was completed.—The report was adopted. LAND IN THE WALK. With regard to the proposed open space at The Walk, Merthyr, the Public Works Sub committee reported having considered the letter of Mr. J T. Vaughan, and inspected the plot of land proposed to be handed over to the Cor- poration, the area bsing 1,278 square yards. The Committee recommended that, provided the area is increased to 1,930 square yards by including the footpath between the Park Bap- tist Chapel and the north end of the plot, the proposal be agreed to, subject to the land being conveyed to the Council free of all restrictions and charges. The Committee were of opinion that the land might be adapted with advantage as an open sp^oe for children of tender years. A lengthy discussion ensued.-Coun. F. S. Simons said the giving up of the !-no would be to get rid of a great public nuisance. The lane was used for purposes of immorality, and was not much used by other pedestrians. He. therefore, moved that the offer of the Bolgoed Estate be accepted.—Coun. J W. Lewis secon- ded.—Aid. Berry moved the adoption of the report. The land which the Council sought to retain, he said, had been in the occupation of the public from time immemorial, and if they gave it up, Major Morgan would be having a very big advantage over the Council.—Aid. T. J. Evans seconded the adoption of the report.— Coun. Dan Thomas supported Coun. Simons, as he contended that the land to be given up would be developed, built on, and rates would go into the Council's coffers. Coun. J. W. Lewis said that Coun. Thomas was perfectly right. To give up the little piece of land sug- gested would be to do away with an intolerable nuisance. He was surprised the Labour Party went against the report.-Alcl. D. W. Jcn-ac said tho Committee did not think it advisable to give up the land in question unless they had a "quid pro quo." He thought it would be better 10 refer the matter back to committee.— Aid. Berry said the committee vis'ted the srround. He did not know whether. Coun. Dan Thomas went there.—Coun. Thomas: Before you came to Merthyr.—Coun. D. Phillips: The committee who visited the spot were unani- mous.—The Mayor: And Coun. Thomas was not there. He turned up at the Town Hall when the report was drawn tip.-Coun. Dan Thomas: I didn't go there because I didn't care much for the company, sir (laughter).—The re- port was referred back to committee. PROPOSED NEW BYE-LAW. The Public Works Committee reported hav- ing considered the following resolution propos- ed by Coun. Isaac Edwards, and recommended that no action be taken"That the Council apoly to the Local Government Board for sanc- tion to add to their existing bye-laws relating to the construction of roads and lanes in the Borough, provision enabling the Council, when In its opinion such a course is advisable, to ap- prove of roadways other than main thorough- fares being constructed to a width of not less than 16 feet of macadamised surface, and Janes to a width of not less than 9 feet, always pro- vided that the minimum distance between the house fronts in new streets 6hall be at least 36 feet." Ccrun. Isaac Edwards again moved that the resolution be passed, and urged that it would not mean less fresh air or open space, but would agree with the rules adopted in the case of garden cities.—Coun. F. S. Simon-s seconded.— Aid. Morrell said that while he agreed with Coun. Edwards, he thought the Council should see that a 36ft roadway was shown.—x\ld. D. W. Jones agreed that in suburban parts of the Borough it would be nioe to have the land, or road space, laid out as suggested, i.e., grass plots in front of the houses, at the same time retaining a distance of 36ft. between the houses. —Coun. Edward.3 said the resolution did not reduce the air or ground space.-The matter was referred back to committee for the details to 00 gone into. CARPENTERS' WAGES. The General Purposes Committee reported having received an application for increase in wages from Owen and Evan Jones, carpenters 1 employed by the Council, and recommended j that the application be not entertained.—Aid. T. J. Evans said that the men received wages at the rate of 7«d. per hour, whereas the Trade Union rate was 8jd.. and he therefore moved | that 8id. be paid.—Coun. H. M. Lloyd secon- ded.—Coun. Simons said the men had a weekly wage, were not paid by the hour, except over- time. and were employed all the year round.— Aid. Morrell said he was surprised to hear some ( gentlemen speaking against Trades Unionism. Coun. F. S. Simons: We have not got a ] Union rate of pay.—Aid. MorTell: What about the Merthyr and Aberdare Law Society? (laugh- j ter).—Coun. J. Davies: Yes, at five guineas a 1 day.—The amendment to pay Trado Un:on f wages was carried. TREHARRIS BUILDERS ANNOYED. At a meeting of the Public Worlos Commit- tee, the Surveyor submitted the offer of Mr. f Henry "Protheroe to provide the mortar and to < do all .abour in building.the wall alongside the j public road near Woodlands School, Treharris, at 9.5. per cubic yard.—The Committee recom- mended that the offer be accepted.—Aid. Row- land Evans said the builders at Tr-e.h&rris were up in arms owing to this decision, as they con- sidered the work should be given to a local man.—The Surveyor -Aid it was only a small j job, and he asked Mr. Protheroe for a price as he was already on the spot.—Coun. D. Jonea also thought the local contractors should be asked to do the work.—After the Surveyor's explanation, the report was adopted. Coun. Dan Thomas asked the Labour gToup why they did not give the tender for the Penywern houses to a local fi,-rA.Coun. Isaac r Edwards: And why did you send a Merthyr ° man to repair Dowlais Police-station?^—Aid. D. W. Jones: In this case it was convenient, and i vou cannot alter it as the work is being done. g BRECON-ROAD SOUP KITCHEN. The Finance 'Committee recommended that the Council pay 15s. a week towards the ex- L rKMiseii of the secretary of the Soup Kitchen Fund. Aid. D. W. Jones asked the reason why.—Aid. T. J. Evans replied that over 200 children were fed daily. The secretary, who Collected money and attended to all details of the work, had to lose a lot of his valuable time, and this iiiini was proposed to be -voted to him to pay assistants whom he had to call in to do his own work.—Aid. Jones said he did not think the ratepayers should be asked to pay the mon,-v.Coiui. Dan Thomas: What- will the Auditor sa *v?--Ald. -f. Harpur said the sec- retary of the funci had devoted considerable time and attention to the duties. and th? work was increasing.—Coun. J. W. Lewis testified to the good work being done by the secretary and to the fact that he bad to employ others to do his own work.-Ald. T. J. Evans: You must have somebody there who knows the people, or else there would be imposition.—Aid. D. W. Jones: Let the committee pay him. I shall be pleased to subscribe to a fund.—The report was adopted. TRAMS TO CEFN. The Town Clerk submitted a notice received from the Merthyr Traction Company of their intention to apply for a further extension of time for the construction of the light- railway beyond Ugia Bridge, d alao of iotaation

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