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Bedwellty District Council. ANNUAL MEETING. If CONDITION OF THE ROADS. The annual meeting of the Bedwellty Dis- trict Council was held on Monday, there be- ing presont, Mr. Morgan Thomas, Aid. N. Phillips, Mr. S. Godwin, Mr. T. Williams, Dr. Davies, Mr. Albert Thomas, Mr. Lewis Wat- kins. Mr. Henry Pope, Mr. J. Acreman, Mr. )' P. Coleman, Mr. Isaac Jones, Mr. W. Button, with the Clerk (Mr. T. J. Thomas), the Sur- veyor (Mr. Lewis), and the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. H. A. Evans). Mr. Morgan Thomas, on retiring from the chairmanship, expressed his many thanks for the kindness and support shown him during his term of office, and then proposed that Mr David Phillips, the vice-chairman, be elected to the position of chairman. This was seconded by Mr. Albert Thomas and unanimouslv agreed to.—Mr. Dd. Phillips, after taking the chair, said he deeply appreciated the honour thus con- ferred upon him, and would endeavour, with their support, to carry on the business of their meetings as effectively as possible. He came to the valley 50 years ago, when there was scarcely a house to be seen, and no streets, and since then had never wandered very far away. Mr. D. Phillips then proposed that the best thanks of the Council be accorded to Mr. Morgan Thomas for his excellent conduct in the chair.—Mr. T. Williams seconded, and the motion was carried unanimously. Mr. Henry Pope was then proposed for the vice-chair by Mr. A. Thomas. Aid. Phillips seconded.—Mr. S. Godwin, in supporting this, expressed disapproval of the method of select- ing the vice-chairman and chairman according to seniority, and the Clerk said this was in accordance with a resolution passed by the Council.—Mr. S. Codwin Yes, two years ago. — Mr. A. Thomas: And you were here.— Mr. S. Godwin: I don't remember it.—Aid. N. Phillips thought there was a good deal in favour of this recognition. The old members had borne the brunt of the day, and had the experience as well as the repeated confidence of the electors.—Mr. Pope said he was quite willing to stand on one side.—The resolution was carried, and Mr. Popo thanked those who ha.d voted for him. Mr. A. Richards, tha collector, reported that his total collections for the month amounted to £4.37 9s. 5d. the irreooverable arrears amounting to J671 lis. 3d. During the year he had col- lected Ml,000 4s. 5d. on the general district rate, a.nd £1,605 4s. Id. on the water rentals. There had been a considerable decrease in the amount of irrecorerables mainly due to the fact that houses so long vacant, belonging to the Powell Duffrvn Company, had become ten- anted, and the Powell Duffrvn Company hav- ing paid tho full amount of rates upon them all. In past years there had been much com- pany property vacant. Replying to Mr. S. Godwin, the collector said that during the past half-year he had collected £18,328 on the poor rate, and the arrears were J335, as compar- ed with £104 twelve months ago.—Aid. N. Phillips moved a vote of congratulation to the collector on the satisfactory result of his ser- vices.—Mr. S. Godwin seconded, and the reso- lution was carried. Dr. H. T. Evans (the Medical Officer of Health) in his quarierly report, stated that there had been 219 births in the district, giving a birth rate of 47.53 per 1,000, and 79 deaths giving a death rate of 17.63 per 1,000. Two deaths were due to scarlet fever, one to diph- theria, and one to whooping cough. Of the no- tifiable diseases reported 52 were scarlet fever and 54 diphtheria. The Surveyor suggested the attention of the manager of the New Tredegar Water Company should be called to the state the roads are left after being continually cut up for laying gas and water services, and searching for leakages. The new ashphalte footpath at. Duf- fryn-terrace had been ripped up in several places.—The suggestion of the Surveyor was approved.—Aid. PhiUips said he thought there was legitimate ground for this complaint.—Mr. A. Thomas referred to the otato of the main roads and Duffryn-terrace.—Tho Surveyor said they proposed to lay a harder stone as an ex- periment.-Ald. Phillips said ho would re- commend that all the main roads should be treated with a special hard stone. The Council then proceeded to consider ten- ders for the supply of stone, and that of Messrs. Summerfield nnd Lang, Liverpool, for basalt stone at 10s. 2d. per ton was accepted. The Surveyor submitted prices for street sweeping and scavenging machines, but the purchase of one of these was deferred to enable Aid. Phillips to make inquiries as to their use in other districts. Mr S. Godwin asked whether anything bad been done In regard to the application to the County Council for increased grants to the roads of the district.—Aid Phillips said he had not had figures to give in support of this application, but the district was getting its full proportion in the way of grants, so far as he had been able to ascertain. If there were any fresh facts he would like to get them. The Surveyor made a statement showing the cost of scavenging at New Tredegar and Cwm- syfiog for the year ended March 31st, 1909, which amounted to £220 Os. 3d., in addition to J671 4s. 8d. for takine away the refuse by the Powell Duflryn aerial railway.—Aid. Phillips: That's the cheapest thing in the country. It would have cost you £150 with a destructor.— Mr. S. Godwin What was the idea of getting these returns?—Mr. E. Watkins: To compare with other districts.—Mr. P Coleman: It arose on the queetion of letting the work out under contract or using our own horses and carts.—The Surveyor said that the tender for Blackwood was J698, and Aberbargoed £90.- Mr. Watkins said this was for a district something similar to that. of New Tredegar.— Mr. J. Jones said that if the work was done by contract it would cost more. Two tenders were received for the erection of a urinal at New Tredegar, and that of Messrs. Williams and Sons at £84 was accept.d. A letter was read from Messrs. J. Morgan, architects, Cardiff, on behalf of Mr. W. Rees Edwards, Cardiff, in reply to the Council's apj plication for a piece of garden land to complete the improvements at Pengam. It stated that Mr Rees had 15 years of his lease to run, and the piece required was £150. the Council to build a retaining wall 15 feet high..—The Clerk pointed out that with the labour involved the cost of this Pengam improvement would be £ 600.—The Surveyor said that the price asked for the strip of garden was 10s. 6d. per square yard.—The matter was deferred indefinitely. The Surveyor said he had received numerous complaints about the rough stones at Black- wood, and asked the Council to authorise the hire of a steam roller for use in the Cefn and Gordon roads.—This request was granted, Mr. P. Coleman stating that on account of tho difficulty of haulage builders had had to sus- pend their building operations.—Mr. L. Wat- kins said that a few days ago the Blackwood members were complaining of mud and now they had stones to clear.—Mr. S. Godwin said it woula be a good thing when tho Sirhowy Valley was separated from the Rhymney Val- ley, as they could then spend their own money instead of bein dictated to by others.—Mr. A. Thomas: That's very unfair.—Mr. L. Wat- kins: Here is New Tredegar, which has not see the steam roller yet.—Mr. P. Coleman: There is not so much traffic at New Tredegar as at Blackwood.—Mr. L. Watkins: There is no- thing there execept the erection of business premises.—Mr S. Godwin: But it is a main road.—Eventually, it was decided, on the mo- tion of Mr. Godwin, seconded by Mr. Bufton, to have another roller to do the work. It was stated by the Clerk that the convey- ance of land at the bottle-neck end of Wil- liam-street, Blackwood, had been received from Mr. Jenkins, Pontypool. The Blackwood Com- mittee were instructed to proceed with the work, and it was decided to use the steam roller on the street. The following plans were submitted and passed :—Nine houses in extension of Albion- terrace, Blackwood; temporary stable and coach-house at tha rear of Mr. Lewis Evans's premises, High-street, Fleur-de-lis; one house opposite Wesleyan Manse, Morris-lane, Black- wood, for Mr. David Tucker, butcher; four houses and ono shop, on the east side of David- street, Blackwood, for Mr. T. Hughes, builder, Pengam; sixteen houses, south side of Blooms- field-terr'ace, Blackwood, for the Tyisha Build- iing Club, subject to road being made, and ser- vice and storm water drains being laid; two houses at Bloomsfield-terrace, Blackwood, for Messrs. O. Edwards and Cromwell Jones. Mr. Isaac Jones was appointed as a repre- sentative of the Rhymney Scholarship District. —The acceptance of Mr. Latham's offer to re- port on the Valley sewerage for a sum of ten guineas was confirmed.—Mr. S. Godwin and Mr. Lloyd were re-appointed representatives on the Western Valleys Sowerage Board. A letter from Mr. W. S. Gustard, suggesting that the Cottncil should take over the approach roads to Hollybunh Station, was read. Mr. Gustard's letter stated that his client was will- ing to dedicate these to the public.—It was de- cided that the Sirhowy Committee should meet and report on the subject at the next meeting. A letter was read from the Blackwood Cham- ber of Trade, pointing out the necessity of pro- viding a cemetery.—The, matter was considered, and various sites for such cemetery suggested, but it was decided to defer the matter for a month. A petition, signed by about one hundred ratepayers at Argoed, was submitted. The petitioner stated that in consequence of the pub- lic inconvenience and discomfort caused by the ooal waggons of the Railway Company being allowed to stand in the way of publio traffic through the village, a public meeting had been held, with the object of urginc the Council to take steps to prevent the L. and N.W.R. Com- pany's encroachments.—Mr. Bufton there was a very strong feeling in regard to this mat- ter, as the present state of things caused great inconvenience to everybody.—The Clerk said that the Railway Company had oollared a. big piece of ground in Argoed by shifting thear gateway about 100 yards, and suggested that too various Acts should be looked into, particu- la-rly in regard to an old provision for construct- ing a carriage way from Argoed to Tredegar.— The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the member for West Monmouth, with a view to getting him to come down to inspect the site, and also that the Clerk wnite to the Railway Company on the subject. E.T. JB WEST—BERRY'S IS BEST-,

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