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"=- HAWARDEN BOARD OF GUARDIANS. THE DRAINAGE QUESTION. A meeting of the Hawarden Board of Guar- dians was held on Friday, the chairman (Mr. John Roberts) presiding. The Clerk (Mr. H. A. Smith) said he had re- ceived a letter from the Local Government Board with reference to the appointment of Messrs. Edwards and Mulligan as collectors of poor rates for the parishes of Hawarden and Sealand. They pointed out that the order for the appointment of one collector for Hawarden had lapsed now that Hawarden had been divided into two parishes, and the appointments of Messrs. Edwards and Mulligan were invilid. The Guardians could, however, apply for powers to appoint collectors for those parishes. It was decided to apply for the powers. Mr. E. S Taylor (Sandycroft) asked what was being done with regard to the Hawarden "ates, The Clerk stated that the rates were to be collected by February 6 by Mr. Dunn, both for Hawarden and Sealand, and if they were not the auditor threatened very severe measures. A new rate wasnot to be made till then, and the Board were handicapped because they were not getting any money in. Mr. P. Wilcock (Hope): Am I correctly in- formed that no rate has been made in Hawar- den since 1895 ? The clerk explained that that was correct. Mr. J. Cawley (Hope) asked why the over- seers had not been summoned. The Clerk said the next step to that had been taken. Arising out of a discussion at the last meet- ing of the Board, the Clerk stated that four tenders had been received from engineers to make an inspection of the drainage system of Hawarden parish. Mr. E S. Taylor proposed that the tender of Mr. Beloe, of Liverpool, for twenty guineas be accepted. He had received several letters On the subject, and most of them were favourable to the proje;t. The rector of Hawarden (the Rev. Stephen Gladstone) did not, however, wish to commit hintsslf until he had satisfied him- self as to the death-rate and number of cases of fever compared with other places. There was no doubt in his (Mr. Taylor's) opinion that the sickness in Hawarden and the defective sanita- tion, with its result, were damaging the village. Since the new railway was opened, there had been an idea that Hawarden would very likely become a residential centre for Liverpool, but so long as the place was considered. to be in an insanitary condition people would not come to live there, so that by allowing the present state of things to continue they were injuring themselves and shutting out what would largely increase their rateable value. He was certain the present system was defective, and he hoped they would all pull together in remedying it, Mr. J. Mullington (Hawarden) seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously.

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