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Dowlais and Electric Light.


Dowlais and Electric Light. BOARD OF TRADE INQUIRY. On Thursday, Mr. A. P. Potter, an inspector of the Board of Trade, held an inquiry at the Bush Hotel, Dowlais, with reference to the proposed electric lighting of Dowlais, objection having been raised by the Dowlais Chamber of Trade, and also by petitions against overhead 'wires. Considerable interest was taken-in the' inquiry. The matter has been fully reported in our columns on several occasions. Aid. D. W. i Jones appeared on behalf of the Dowlais Cham- j ber of Trade; and Councillor F. S. Simons, solioitor to the Merthyr Electric Traction Com- pany, appeared for that Company. Mr. Potter explained tha.t the Traction Com- panv had applied for the consent of the Board of Trad" to the erection of overhead wines. Tho Corporation had given them consent to the scheme, and had entered into a. contract with the Company. The Chainber of Trade and many other townspeople had objected to the scheme on tho ground that the streets of Dow- lais were too narrow and congested, and that poles and wires would be dangerous and un- sightly, as well as an obstruction to traffic. A petition against overhead wires had been sign- ed by 209 persons, and in consequence the Board of Trade had ordered this inquiry. Mr. T. Lloyd, electrical engineer to the Dowlais Works, called by the opponents of the scheme, said that the climatic conditions of Dowiais wero not suitable to overhead wires. Moreover, Dowlais being so elevated, was swept by violent storms, and the continual swinging of wires might break them. He regarded the proposal as dangerous, especially because the streets were so narrow. ¡ The Rector of Dowlais (Rev. V. M. Williams) 'I said ho considered it would be a very serious matter if poles were fixed in many ot the streets of Dowlais, owing to their being so narrow. Aid. D. W. Jones: What do you think would be the appearnoe of the streets of Dowlais with these poles up?—The Rector: It would be like a porcupine with its quills up (laughter). Councillor Charles Griffiths and Mr. J. G. Rees, president of the Federated Chambers of Trade of South Wales and Monmouthshire, ob- jected to overhead wires. The latter said he thought that if a petition were taken round Dowlais, 95 per cent, of the inhabitants would be against overhead wires. Mr. Rees added that the people of Dowlais were at present in the dark as to the proposals of the Traction Company. Coun. F. S. Simons: We are going to put J'ou in the light (laughter). Mr. D. Davies, J.P., Pant, and Mr. D. C. Evans, J.P., also gave evidenoe in opposition. Mr. Evans said that he had never heard of a town with more housss to the acre than Dow- lais. Coun. F. S. Simons pointed out that a good deal of objection had been made in ignorance of what the Company really proposed to do. For instance, streets had been mentioned in which the Company did not propose to put up overhead wires, while in other streets the cables would be underground. Mr. Dixon, engineer to the Traction Com- pany, said that in the lower portion of Dowlais, electric cables had already been put down, which would be used for lighting purposes. The streets in which there would be overhead wires were 22ft. wide. The Company, he said, in- tended to strictly carry out the regulations of the Board of Trade-with regard to the scheme. The inquiry then closed,







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