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--. Antiquarian Column.







PROPOSED MAIN ROAD THROUGH RHYMNEY VALLEY. Sir,—The remarks of your correspondent, "Recorder," in recent issues, and especially in your last week's issue, call for some comment and criticism. I do not know what he "echoes." If his remarks echo other than his own voice they echo the voices of assertive self-seeking in- dividuals who by no means represent the true interests of the parish of Gellygaer and the Rhymney Valley. The repeated assertions in hat column with reference to the proposed main road would appear to be designed in fur- therance of certain sectional interests inimical to the true welfare of the district. There has been for years urgent need for the construc- ion of a main road on the Glamorganshire side of the valley, a road not only to join Bargoed and Hengoed, but those two places with Ystrad- mynach, and to connect at the latter place with the existing county road to Caerphilly and Cardiff, and to Merthyr and Aberdare, forming thus a good main artery for the whole valley. Now, anybody with the veriest grain of commonsense can see the proper and natural route for such a road. The natural line ap- peals instantly to the disinterested person. But as soon as the matter was broached, and much water has passed under Maesycwmmcr viaduct since then, people with selfish interest-s to serve were at once aJert to see whether the matter could be turned to their advantage, and to use "Recorder's" own phraseology, "owners of property'5 on the west side of the railway Drought to bear all fciio influence they possess- ed, and that influence subsequent events proved to be powerful and considerable, to prevent the road taking its natural and sensible course, in order to divert it along Brynavon-terrace, and thus enhance the value of their property. The owners of bouses on the eastern side, I may in- form you, have never fought for the road to pass their properties. The fighting has been entirely by the opposite party. What they had to fight was not the actions of the eastern eid- ers, but the natural advantages of the route first proposed: and any eort of an argument would do; ridiculous thougji it may be to the verge of absurdity. Take the latest "red herring." tho one "Re- corder" dangles before o<r > ■ v.cck's issue-the unhealthincss of ti road. A a'n 11 stranger to the district would really infer from his remarks that the Rhymney Valley was perennially filled with mephitio vapoun. But UlQ fog it in 'o' fijyft by,aio. Again, with reference to the sewage. We know that we nave a Council that can stand con&ider- Aole improvement, but inefficient aa they may be, we can hardly believe them capable of al- lowing sewage to spread over the fields after the sewer is constructed, which "Recorder" himself says is to be made along the valley route. Perhaps lie has such little faith in the Rector and the Council, of which the lat- ter is such an ornament, that he is afraid the sewer will be so badly constructed that sewage will escape all along the route. And yet fur- ther, has he taken the trouble to find cut how the roaii has been surveyed? If not, let him do so, and he will find that the road will not hug the river, but is surveyed to pass along near the railway, quite a distance from the river, and that the difference in elevation be- tween the road and one above the railway would only be a matter of a few feet. It would have to be a mighty big storm and flood that would reach the road as surveyed; and "Re- corder's" harrowing picture of a disaster such as at Clydach Vale is superlatively ludicrous. Still further, he says that "a full half-mile of the proposed route" (the one he wants) is already constructed from Ystrad Mynach to the end of Ce £ n-road,^ Hengoed. Weil, "Recorder" may be in good form, sound in wind and agile, and may like to climb hills at an angle of 30 de- grees, but the ordinary individual chooses rather a level road. Just fancy the poor ped- estrians, the fagged cyclists, the weary, over- worked horses, the panting motors, and tho heavily laden pantechnicons negotiating the Bedwlwan Hill, in that beautiful "already con- structed" half-mile. "Recorder" would appar- ently like the roads to pass along the hill-tops like the ancient roads. Some day we may want a tramway system through our valley. What about Bedwlwyn Hill then ? Then he states that the lower route would be the more costly. It is well known that its construction on account of its level character would be much cheaper. Also the landowners on that route have actually not only offered their land, but offered a substantial contribution to. wards the cost, and the county would bear a largo proportion of its cost, whereas it would not contribute towards the other. Is it true that the real object of "Recorder's" remarks is to help to scotch the road through the valley entirely so that Bargoed can have it to the Cylla? If so, w^ can assure him that the elec- toral interests of the Rector of Gellygaer, which he has at heart, will not be furthered by play- ing into the grasping hands of Bargoed people who desire nothing but their own increase, and the retardation of the development of all other places. Have we not had enough exploitation of our parish already without having to sub- b- mit to these further sinister designs? Are we to understand from "Recorder" that he repre- sents the Rector's opinions, and that the latter admits he has been a party to the prevention of the construction of the main road, and that the Rector is opposed to its construction along the best and cheapest route—that is, alongside the railway on the eastern side? If so, let that circumstance be well noted in view of the com- ing election. Let it be well noted that not only by property owners in Hill-streetand Raglan-road, but also by those on the eastern side of Glanynant Pengam. Let the people also of Glanynant well observe that some people wish this traffic from Ystrad mynacb and down the valley to have to climb the steep Bedwlwyn Hill. Let the people of Ystradmynach understand that when in the future they wish to proceed to the Hengoed and Maesycwmmer stations and to Maesycwmmer and Fleur-de-lis villages they will still, as of yore, have to climb Bedwlwyn Hill to the top of Park-road. Let the people of Brynatorj-terrace and contiguous roads understand that it is not really an attempt to bring the road that way but to kill it entirely so far as Hengoed is concerned.—Yours faith- fully,






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