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THE BOROUGH ROADS. TO THE EDITOR OF "THE NORTH WALES TLAfES. SIR, THE indent shameful condition of Lhe Denbigh Borough roads has upon many previous occas- sions called forth the wail of the long-suffering tradesmen of the town, and last week a con- temporary contained a letter signed Trades- man' again asking why the Corporation do not better the condition of the roads by re- solving upon the plan proposed by Capt,ain Wynne Edwards. At a Council long ago another Conservative, (Mr. Turnour), proposed snch an amendment in the roads, and it would appear that the Tories are the progressive mem- bers of the Council. It is of course very hard to propose that a local industry should be abandoned and stone should be purchased from a distant quarry, but what are the ratepayers in general to do—they cannot sink all comfort for the sake of a so-called local enterprize, which sorely lacks enterprize of any descrip- tion. There is so doubt but what there is much harder stone at the Graig quarry than that at present worked, which is merely surface stuff at which the weather has done its work; but down below, surely, there is harder material, and if the owners will not work it, but expect and find a Corporation willing to use it, they would be foolish to try another and lower seam. The time has arrived when the Coun- cil should consider the townspeople and not subordinate their wishes to other considerations. They ought to purchase stone that will lapt and wear on the thoroughfares of the borough. The matter affects all townspeople alike, there is not a shop-keeper but suffers the loss of much property by that everlasting mud and omnipre- sent dust soiling, damaging, and making his goods inferior. Every cottager in the town who has the least bit of front garden has it whitewashed aitnually to his great annoyance with great clouds of lime-stone dust. No sooner do people paint their establishments than they are covered with burning, disfiguring lime-stone, turned into lime-wash by the action of the rain. It affects the gentry of the neigh- bourhood, for no colour on carriages, besides yellow,l am told, will stand but for a very shoit time the on-slaught of lime-stone mud or dust, and yet year by year we go on paying for that which destroys. The condition of our roads at time of writing is such that it makes cycling out of the question, and therefore injures the trade of the town, just as the blinding dust de- stroys all comfort in riding or driving in the summer time. In winter a little army of men are employed coating the roads with stone, and shortly scraping it off in mud, provided the school boys do not throw the stones over into the adjoining fields, where they are picked up by the farmers and sold again to the Corpora- tion, and the Council may justjas well put loaf sugar on the streets. In the summer we pay heaps of money to make mud by sending the water cart around, but of course it never comes round until shop goods, paint, aad people are covered with dust, and rain is about to fall, be- I cause wllld generally rises before a fall of rain. The ratepayers generally want a harder stone, that is worth while putting down. Can any local quarry supply it ? If not, some other stone should be purchased. It is not the fault of the surveyor, ike has nothing to do with the quality I of the stone, but purchases it where ordered; his duty extends only to the putting of it on, scraping it up, damping it down, or buying it j back again from the farmers. He cannot make good roads with stuff similar to loaf sugar, nor can he without implements make passable streets, therefore why not purchase a horse broom and have the streets properly swept alter the sho^s clos»e on a Saturday night, and a steam roller that the making of the roads might go on all the year round? I am aware that the first cost of a steam roller is not great, but the maintenance is heavy but I'm pursua- ded that it could be hired both to the County and Parish Councils in the neighbourhood, and would pay for the outlay, besides making roads that would tempt the cyclist into the district and keep the mansions of the Vale occupied. Most tradespeople know the value of the DyffrynAled andGlan-y wern establishments to the town and yet the roads from town there are decorated with deep mud making a journey to town a misery. People will not stay in localities where deep ruts are permitted to ex- ist on the roads, and if the Council has the town and trade of Denbigh at heart they will improve the thoroughfares to the town by supplying proper implements and materials to construct and maintain the roads in proper order, that the old town might be famous for the excellency of its roads. Tf the dust could be got rid of the trees (long ago proposed) could be planted in the streets and open spaces transforming refuse heaps into picturesque plantations, with flourishing shrubbery and graceful trees, for depend upon it, sir, if our town is to be kept to the front as a holi- day resort we must make it attractive by planting trees, attending to. the roads and walks and making proper crossings, there by in- ducing people to live in the vicinity. Yours faithfully, COUSIN TITUS. -0_


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