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Gellygaer District Council's Work ADDRESS BY THE RECTOR. MEETING AT HENGOED. The Rev T. J. Jones, M.A. (Rector of Gell- ygaer) opened his electoral campaign on Mon- day night by addressing a largo meeting at the Public Hall, Hengced, Mr. Horatio Perrott presiding. At the commencement of his address, the Rector said: When I appeared before you at the time of the first election the subject which formed the major part of what I had to say was that of the doings of the late Parish Council. The Parish Council has, I think, now become somewhat stale, and I am in this position that I cannot, and I would not if 1 could, say any- thing about it now for the reason that its doings are at the nresent moment the subject of an official inquiry by the Local Government Board, and until the decision of the Local Government Board has been given it is not for me, or any- one else, to pronounce an opinion. I stand ior fairglkjf ft is notfor JWiy-one'-to condemnuntilT/ prferccf 'guilty. by those? id a position to. judgfe.. M^iiands-'are clS6»'> Tfee?re> are foment taatjfr. be,' Vho -should like t6 trade u^on the history erf that Council, but I have a different foundation to stand upon in addressing you to-night (ap- plause). "DEATH-BED TRAGEDY." The Rector then proceeded to refer to certain things which the last Parish Council left as a legacy for the District Council to abide by, one of which was to make the position of the assistant overseer permanent—this was their death-bed legacy. He, however, made it one of his chief aims to get the salaries of officials fixed upon a clear and definite basis so that every ono might know what salaries were be- ing paid. To that end he insisted on making all salaries inclusive. It was a hard matter to get through, particularly in regard to the as- sistant overseer, and even the opinion of their clerk was that the Council could not interfere with the arrangement made. yet this difficulty had been eurmounted, and he did not believe that any official really felt agrieved by what had been done. They had tho same difficulty in regard to the salary of the Clerk to the Council, as well as the Sanitary Inspectors, too much of whose time had been spent in the train, but now he I believed they were more often seen in the back-lanes doing their duty. To secure this he regretted it was necessary to remove Mr. Macev to Pontlottyn in order that he might be on the spot to see what was being done. This was rendered necessary by what a special committee saw on their visit to Pontlottyn, where a man was seen washing milk cans in the dirty river. After pointing out the care that was so essential in regard to milk, and the danger to the public TO which auch a state of things as described at Pontlottyn ex- posed them, the Rector mentioned st?vr>o o? the great improvements which had be--?" «ft:o»:+«d by the Council in the Surveyor's depart-y.iM.t At the last election the cry raised was "Jtonft R;d for Gellygaer" (hear, hear). Ho agreed with that cry to a, certain extent, but m that in- stance it was a. movement to oust their pms&zt Clerk. Had there been no Clerk t the time, and the Council had been appointing one, h would have stood for selecting a an from the parish. But tha case was that they ha«i u Clerk in possession of the job, who, had they dismissed him. would have bocii entitled to compensation. Moreover, he wis a Clerk against whom no one had anything to say. Tie was prominent for his honesty (applause). The Clerk would go in the natural course of things, and although he did not reside in the parish, he had now appointed a young man as his de- lyuty-P, very able young man whom any Coun- cil might be proud of-to do his work when ab- sent. When he (the Rector) first entered the Council he found many strange tbings-things which needed remedying. In the Surveyor's department things had got into the rut of certain habits, and with the developments so rapidly taking place he considered it necessary to propose re-organisation in this department to enable it more efficiently to attend to the work of the district. Under the reorganisation they had now a head of the department in the Surveyor, an excellent building inspector in Mr. Gabe, and a promising road inspector in Mr. Howell Jones, whose duty it was to go along the roads twice a month and to report. It was discovered, too, that the Surveyor had not the power to engage or dismiss men, but that the Council engaged or recommended men, with the result that one of the members of the Council had his father and uncle on the roads- not his aunt (laughter). They had some men over seventy years of age working for the Council, and then it was proposed by one mem- ber to raise all the workmen's wages to 4s. a day. He (the Rector) did not believe in indis- criminate raising of wages, but he believed in paying a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, and so he proposed to have the merits of each man brought before them, and for each one to be dealt with on his merit. This was another reform, and the Surveyor was given the power to engage or dismiss men subject to the Coun- cil's approval (hear, hear). a THE NEW ROAD. The Rector next referred to the proposed main road from Pengam to Ystrad Mynach. This matter, he said, was on foot before the Urban District Council came into authority. This road was designed to bo the great artery from the. top of the parish to Caerphilly. Such an artery would be wanted in the near future, and it was an excellent project. He could see tho time approaching when there would be tramroads running through the valley, and so they had to prepare for what was coming with a view to save expense. To potter here and potter there gave satisfaction to no one. The matter had come before the Council, and they approved of it, and instructed the Surveyor to draw out sketch plans cf the route below the railway. Although certain landowners had of- fered their land for that purpose, Mr. Wm. Edwards asked £ 559 l§s. in order to allow the road to go through a bit of his garden and take down a part of the wall round his house. Then the Council tried for another hit belonging to the Building Club hoping for more favourable terms, but they had asked £ 520. The reason the road had not been commenced was that the people of Hengoed blocked the way (applause), For his part Jie did not see his way to pay so much of the ratepayers' money for Mr. Ed- wards's land. Now the scheme was at a standstill, Dr. Richards had done his level best to gee the road through. Mr. E. Richards did his best. He (the. Rector) did his best (applause). It had been suggested that the lower side was not the best site. He would not say that it was nor it was not; but. he was guided first of all by their engineers, who said that the lower way was the natural oourse for the road, as it would avoid any ups and downs, for there was scarcely a hill. The great landlords were, moreover, will- iiig to give their land; their chairman and Mr. Hanbury had promised land free, whilst the Mackintosh Estate had promised to give land free and to contribute 10s. for every yard constructed. The Chairman of the County Council had said that if the parish would push on with this road the County would help to the greatest extent in their power. There was a. great deal to be said in favour of the road below the railway. Others said, "Bring it along the upper side of the railway." He was prepared to consider that, but lie had made in- quiries about it, and Mr. Hanbury, he was in- formed, would not !et them have an inch of his land above the raihv&y without payment, neither would the Cascade Estate do so. There WM also an alternative route suggested from Bargoed. Bargced was a thriving go-ahead place, where men looked far ahead. Hengoed was the last plaoe in the world for them to think of, and Heagoed had had more opposi- tion from Bargoed than any other place (ap- plause). The alternative scheme was to bring the road past tho villas above the Cascade on to Penpedairheol, in order to join Bargoed Pit with the Penallta Pit. That would put Hengoed on one side, and leave it a little, in- significant place so that Hengoed. for its own sake, had got to look at this road matter from the standpoint of the game which is being play- ed at Bargoed (applause). In regard to the road running along the upper part of the line In he feared that horses being driven along such a road would be frightened by passing trains, and that accidents would result. "Will you in Hengoed," the Rector asked, "let this road come through and improve your property ?" (hear, hear). "You will want men to fight for you when that question comes on. You can un- derstand why Bargoed proposes the alternative route via Penallta to Ystrad Mynach. There will be a huge population at Penallta by and bv. WATER AND SEWERAGE. The Rector next addressed himself to the water quescion from the time when the Glam- organ County Council sent a deputation, and its results, to the rejection of the County scheme by the House of Lords. Under that scheme there would have been no security or obligation to provide Gellygaer with more water whilst it would have made tho parish contribute hand- somely to the supply for the Rhondda and Pontypridd. It was a measure designed for the relief of those districts. What had Gelly- gaer ever got from the County Council? They had lost the charity intended for it. and hun- dreds of acres. The Bill was "chucked" out by the House of Lords because it did not propose to give Gellygaer more water than it had-and it was on his (the Rector's) evidence this fact had; been established (applause).:■hBafc tho; water- matter, although no u'now KRtisfact<ary,. had cosB- siderably improved ;thiough tfie Rhymnoy- and. Abfstf Company;-goiaig typ with: Merthyr at the top and extending their main. Referring to the proposal for a Water Board for the Rhym- ney Valley, the Rector said he had long plead- I ed for unity of action, for the valley was one, but when any effort was being made towards the realisation of such unity then each of the authorities broke away in their endeavour to I get some little aavantago for themselves. Touching upon the sewering question, the Rector said that he had tried to got the matter started with the formation of a Board, and had all through striven for unity, but in this also, doubtless from considerations as to who should be Clerk to the Board, to have prevented such unity of action being realised. He quite agreed that it would be better to get sewage away to the sea-but that would involve an immense expenditure, and was the present generation to do everything for future genera- tions? Let them do what was necessary for the health of the community now, and if a future generation wanted to carry the work still fur- ther to the sea let 'them do it (a.pplause). In regard to joining the Western Valleys power, he asked whether a scheme provided for the Western Valleys alone would be capable of tak- ing in the Rhymney Valley? Would they not need to lay down larger pipes? And would Abertiilerv do this at their own expense? The Rector said that the schemes yet to be carried through would involve a considerable increase in the rates, and this would mean increased rents for thq. cotta-ges of colliers. Such great and important matters wore their own argu- ment against undue haste and hurry. Would they rush in where angels feared to tread? (ap- plause). WORK IN COMMITTEE. | The Rector, towards the end of a speech j which lasted an hour and a haif, referred to } the work done in Committee. The "Merthyr i'lxpress" did not record all that took place even at Council meetings. To report everything that transpired would take up the whole paper, but I the principal iwork was done behind the scenes • in Committee. Dr. Richards, as Chairman of the Health Committee, had rendered service worth L500 a year. He (the Rector}..had at- j tended Council meetings and Coraiaitteo meet- irsgs as regularly as possible, and had often been the only member on the Committee. to turn up. 4-t the Council meetings tome mem- j bers arrived late and went away early, in re- spect to which he read out a resolution passed by a quorum <?f the Council. He had sat for hours at Committee and Council meetings, and tiien driven or walked to Gellygaer without any food from mid-day, and now he was informed that he was to be kicked out (cries of "No, no.") He had tried to do his duty honestly, and he felt that it was hard that he should be opposed on this occasion. Had they not had good mem- bars for Hengoed already? Were not Mr. E. Richards and Dr. J. Richards sufficient for J Hengoed without their trying to deprive GeUy- gacr and Glanynant of their orw poor repro- sentativc? Gellygaer-tlie mother of tho parish! Would Hengoed be a party to that? He was a friend of Hengced. He had fought for it in days gone by. He had fought for the location of the schools there, and for it to be the municipal centre of the parish. But if Hengoed would turn its bad: on one who had only tried to render it service, he would re- mind them again of the danger of the road going through Penallta, and that before three years there would be a large body of inhabit- ants near to Gellygaer Village. Would they by turning him out throw down a challenge to Gellygaer and Glapynant? Was Mr. Ed. Rich- ards in favour of robbing Glanynant and Gelly- gaer of their one representative in order to give Hengoed three? They had not opposed his return at, the last election—but if they did do such a thing he would have to fight for all he was worth next time, for Gellygaer would by that time have the controlling voice. It was not a mere matter of being a member of the Council with him, but the foundation of a great system for the benefit of the administration of the parish was being laid for manv years to come. If they thought it best for the parish to kick him out they would do so. but the end would npt be with the election (loud applause). Dr. J. Richards, in proposing a vote of thanks said that as a member of the Council he muse bear testimony to the great value of the Rec- tor's services—no matter what the question might be, no had tackled the various sub- jects with so much ability as the Rector of Gellygaer. His heart was in the work, and he had done his part without asking a single fa- vour. He hoped that he would go back to have the honour of the chairmanship, which was his due. Under present circumstances, it was an impudent shame to oppose him (applause). —A vote of thanks to the Chairman closed the proceedings.

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