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URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL MONTHLY MEETING. Monday.—Present:—Messrs. A. L. Clews (in the chair), J. H. Ellis, P. Mostyn Williams, E. P. Jones, D. Griffiths, J. W. Jones, C. W. Berrie, Robert Jones, H. A. Tilby, John Frim- ston, Dr. Girdlestone, Messrs. A. Rowlands (clerk), A. A. Goodall (surveyor), Robert Hughes (consulting engineer), L. G. Hall (gas and water manager), and R. J. Hughes (sani- tary inspector). A RETROSPECT. The Chairman, at the commencement of the meeting, said that he had great pleasure in conforming with the usu".} custom of wishing the members of the Council a very happy and prosperous new year. Continuing, he said it was also usual to say a few words regarding the work of the Council during the preceeding year. In some respects. 1899 had been an eventful one for Rhyl. Passing over the two controversial matters which they had had un- der their consideration, viz., the much vexed question of the promenade extension and the water supply, he went on to say that these would come up again for consideration at a future time. He congratulated those engaged in the staple industry of the town upon the very excellent season which Rhyl had in 1899. It was partly as a result of the good season that a good deal of building was going on this winter, as the builders were preparing for a greater accession of visitors in future seasons. In addition to private buildings, the London and North-Western Railway Company were making very substantial alterations and addi- tions to their property in the town. They were widening the line all through the district, and the work was in a very f orwa, d state at the present time. They were aho greatly enlarg. ing the accommodation at Rhyl station, and the town was to be congratulated upon these excel- lent improvements, not only from their own point of view, but from the point of view of the public generally. Referring t,) the matters which the Council itself had had in hand, a further length had been added to the West Promenade, and he hoped that the arrange- ments proposed to be made with Messrs. Wil- liams and Sutcliffe would be carried out, where by another length would be constructed, and that in a few years the West Promenade would be extended right to the Voryd, when Rhyl would have a fine promenade reaching right across the district from the Marine drive to the river. Then on the east end outside, but contiguous to the district, Captain Keatinge was engaged in adding to the sea defences before his property. He thought they should express their indebtedness to Captain Keatinge for his public spirited action, and hoped that other I owners would follow his example, as these sea f defences would be a benefit to the town. New filter beds had been completed, and he congra- tulated the engineer, Mr. Hall, on the way the work had been done, and upon the fact that he had kept within the original estimate. Several of the works contemplated and practically passed by the, Council were of an important character. They had decided to adopt the act for the Housing of the Working Classes, and had gone as far as they could in the matter. A tender had been accepted, but since that time, the contractor had withdrawn it, and the Coun- cil had to modify the whole scheme. They could not spend beyond a certain amount, and, in consequence, the scheme had to be remo- delled. He hoped, however, that some very useful and substantial houses would be put up. They were about to erect a dust and refuse destructor. The Rhyl and Prestatyn Light Railway would soon be made, he hoped. It would greatly increase the facilities of commu- nication between Rhyl and Prestatyn, and the adjoining villages. Lastly, they had in hand a scheme to cost kl5,000 for supplying electric light in the town, and he hoped it would be a great success (cheers). During last year, their Surveyor, Mr. Robert Hughes, had retired on a pension from that office, but they still had the benefit of his services as consulting engineer. He took this opportunity of extending a public welcome to Mr. Goodall, the new surveyor. They had been fortunate enough to efiect a reduction in the general district rate in 1899, and also in the price of gas, and he hoped they would be able to make a further reduction in the rate at the end of the present financial year. In the next years ■ revenue, the new rating of the railway would come into force, and that would assist to reduce the rates. In conclusion, he referred at some length to the war in South Africa. Mr. J. H. Ellis, on behalf of the Council and the officials, thanked the Chairman for his good wishes. A PROPOSAL FOR A PUBLIC PARK DECLINED. At a meeting of the Road Committee, a letter was read from Mr. Chadwick in reply to the Clerk's inquiry, offering part of the old Winter Gardens (inButterton Road), about 7,000 square yards, for 91,800, for a public park, as it stands, including roads, boundary walls, &e. Mr. J. W. Jones said that if the Council had had the offer to purchase the Winter Gardens before they were dismantled, they might have considered the matter. He moved that Mr. Chadwick be thanked for his offer, bub for financial reasons, the matter be not enter- tained. This was carried. NEW APPROACH TO THE STATION. It was reported that a deputation consisting of the Chairman of the Council, the Chairman of the Road Committee (Mr. J. H. Ellis), Mr. J. A. Williams, and the Town Surveyor had had an interview with Mr. Bullouck, the engi- neer of the railway company, as to the comple- tion of Alexandra Brdge, and urged the advi- sability of providing an approach to the station from the corner of High Street and Kinmel Street. The Engineer had since written to the Town Surveyor, informing him that the railway company had decided to make the road, and that the work would be commenced a8 soon as they could obtain possession of the property required, which they hoped to do soon. HOUSING OF THE WORKING CLASSES. The Clerk reported having made application ts the Local Government Board for sanction to borrow 92,650 for the erection of twelve cotta- ges, but Mr. Robert Hughes, consulting engi- neer, owing to the withdrawal of the accepted tender, in consequence of the great increase ins price of building material, had found it neces- sary to raise the amount to 93,232. The Committee recommended that the plans be amended so as to bring the cost to the amount applied for, and, at their request, the Town Surveyor prepared a sketch of houses that would be suitable. Mr. Berrie hoped thfit the Committee would have full power to proceed with the work, as he believed it could be done cheaper than by letting it by contract. There was a great demand in the town for working men's dwell- ings. He spoke from his experience as a house' agent. On his books were 17 applications for houses of this class, by respectable working men, to whom he would have no hesitation in letting houses, and fifteen of whom were now living in apartments, because they could not get suitable houses. Mr. Tilby moved, as a rider to the recom- mendation of the Committea, that power be given to the Committee to engage an architect, if necessary, and to carry out the work. The great delay that had taken place in this matter was a scandal to the town. Now they would have to pay increased interest on the money borrowed, and for building material. Mr. Mostyn Williams seconded, The minutes of the Comittee with Mr. Tilby's rider were adopted. VOTE OF SYMPATHY W[TH MR. J. A. WILLIAMS. The Chairman moved a vote of sympathy with Mr. J. A. Williams, Chairman of the Gas Committee, who has for some weeks been seriously indisposed, Dr. Girdlestone, in seconding, said that & day or two previously he had had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Williams, and he was glad to say that he was getting on very nicely. The resolution was cordially carried. THE LATE DUKE OF WESTMINSTER. On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Mostyn Williams, a vote of condolence was passed with the Duchess of Westminster and the family in their bereavement.