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"ALONG THE COAST." (By a Travelling: Correspondent). Ttij Rbyl Council have not lost time in making up their minds a? to the site of their new pavil icn, and now t.hey are deeply committed to the scheme, and will, therefore, probably be the fir-t, seaside resort in North Wales to "municipalise" the giving of entertainments, This, it is clear, will be n great innovation, but it is an innova- tion which the town has been obliged to face, for the simple reason that private enterprise !C.,c, not been able to supply the class of amuserv ent? which if is considered the town needs to sustain its popularity with the right classes of visin.rs. The new departure at Rhyl will necessarily have far-raaching effects, for, as a genus of the c.icr of mammalia, we humans don't seem able I o re-a't copying each other. The whole of what we eu- phemistically call "fashion" and "keeping in the van of progress," etcetera, get their impetus, as we pe-cjive when. we dig down to tho foundation of things, from this proneness of ours to imitate what wo see others do! Hitn^rto, the North Wales local authoritie- havo noj themselves been direct partners in the giving of public amusements, unless we expect the I Corporation of Conway, who for a time subsidised I a local brass band, and the Llandudno Council, who have for years contributed £100 per annum towards the expenses Qf a band for the streets and the Promenade. But all the authorities have given for a long time their benediction to agencies which provided amusements for the visitors. Llandudno Council has let the Happy and Rhyl have let parts of their Promenade or the famous bird tamer and the Punch and Judy expert. Colwyn Bay, Penmaenmawr, Abergele and Rhyl have let parts of the Promenade or beach for minstrel performa.nces, and the Rhyl Punch and Judy shows have been one of t've stand-byes of the local entertainment world for quite a generation. But now Rhyl goes one step I I furcher, and actually proposes to construct a place of amusement, and to employ an orches- tra of its own. The Council may let the re- freshment-rooms in the new pavilion and grounds to a caterer, but the music will be given by their own band, engaged for the purpose, and paid out of the District Council's exchequer. I think the Council obtained full power to carry out this pro- posal in their last special Act, and all that they need further is the consent of the Local Govern- ment Board to their borrowing the necessary funds for the capital outlay. The position near the embayment which has been chosen as the site of the pavilion seems to be a good one, and, of course, wherever it was placed it would please one section of the front- agers and displease another section. However, the main thing is that the part of the shore be- tween Edward Henry-street and the High-street is fairly central, as compared with the remain- der of the town, and there will be no great displacement of property values, which the build- ing of tha pavilion might cause if its site were removed from what is really the centre of the town. Another advantage is that nature has at this spot so heaped up the sand that thera will not be much filling required The sea wall ill havo to bo built around it, and its surface will have to be covered with pitching when there are to be pathways, while soil will have to be imported to form the basis of the grassy lawns a.nd flower beds which will soon appear within the enclosure. Let ihe croakers croak and the growlers growl, but let the Council go forward, with firm but humble confidence, to the making of that sandy wilderness io flourish like the green bay tree. It is wonderful what can be done with trying and with determination. The screen which is to be placed round the enclosure will naturally help to shelter the vegetation with- in the gardens from the severe weather, while it also shelters from the driven sand. While the Rhyl Council have been driven to embark upon a trading in amusements, owing to the failure of private enterprise, it is well, in the interests of the other North Wales resorts, to bear in mind the reason for the inability of pri- vate firms to supply the proper kind of entertain. ment at Rhyl. In my opinion the blame is al- most entirely due to the action of the Council themselves. The lesson should be observed, and applied elsewhere. The seme mischievous re- suit of a mistaken policy is being consummated at Colwyn Bay. Rhyl Council has persistently refused to give the owners of the places of amuse- ment a chance by preventing competition on the beach at night, and it is admittedly difficult for the Palace Company to make their undertaking as attractive to visitors as they would be able to do if they had the amusement of the town in their own hands at night. The same trou- ble put an end to the concerts in the old pier pavilion, a.nd before that in the winter gardens, p avi the very site of which is now merged into the town and forgotten. The Victoria Pier Company at Colwyn Bay have suffered from the same competition, and are therefore not making that progress which would be desirable in the interests of Colwyn Bay resi- dents themselves. The Colwyn Bay Council have been approached upon a number of occasions upon this matter, but could not see their way to limit their tenants- on the Promenade to perform- ances which should terminate not later than eight o'clock in the evening. They will shortly be renewing their contracts with the minstrels and others, and, if they are averse to commencing business as a "concert direction" like their neigh- bours at Rhyl, they should give some considera- tion to this point. They would, of course, get less rent, if they imposed a limitation similar to that which has been in force for so many years at Llandudno, but probably in the long run the net result would be less expensive and more advantageous to the ratepayers, because to build a kursaal and set up as entrepreneurs will cost money, and there will have to be something of a monopoly claimed for the Council's "shows" be- fore there can be a profit on such a venture. The Council might as well give a modified mono- poly to the "inside shows" on the lines of Mr Mason's suggestions last spring. The up-platform at the Colwyn Bay station is nearly completed, but I understand that it will not be used until next Easter. There is still too much to be done to make use of the plat- form during the Christmas pressure, and so, as the down platform suffices well enough for pre- sent needs, and there will be additional expense for lighting and so forth when the .new one is taken over, the contractors will have an extra three months in which to make everything per- fect before the trains call at the new halting place. The splendid new coaches are now run- ning on the Manchester express, and right gorgeous they look. I almost wish I could go every day to Manchester, so that I might have the privilege of being balloted for as a member of the Train Club. .tI.A. oK. I see that the London and North-Western Rail- way Company are continuing to build the power- way Company are continuing to build the power- ful engines of the "Precursor" and "Enterprise" types, the former having four and the latter six driving wheels coupled. Travellers in these parts have had one small benefit, at any rate, from the advent of these powerful locomotives. The slowest train of the day, that leaving Holy- head at, six o'clock in the evening, has been accelerated. I hope that the disclosure of the extant to which that train has been hastened on will not prove too startling, because I always like my most impressive facts to be communi- oated with becoming caution. There have been strange results following a too sudden revelation of surprising news. Well, that train has been accelerated, since the first of October last, by reducing the time of the jaunt between Holyhead and Chester by six minutes. The train makes up this time by extra speed across Anglesey, and leaves Bangor at 7.11 instead of 7.17, and it gets away from the Junction at 7.55 instead of 8.1. The old times of departure from Bangor and the Junction had bean adhered to for so very long that they had become quite historic. In the days when the train used to be hauled by Mr Webb's three cylinder compounds we used often to waste two minutes at a. station in getting a start, but the "Experiments" and the "Pre- cursers" not only bustle off with much longer trains without hesitation, but they get up a good speed between stations without difficulty. » » The new Town Council at Conway would do well to give their best attention to the ques- tions of the harbour. The sea-borne trade of the port is declining, at any rate it has declined con- siderably in the last half oentury. It should be recovered, by the offer of suitable facilities. There is nothing to prevent the river being de- veloped into a first-rate harbour. The setting up of the perch light was the first step only in what should be a progressive policy. Should thero not be proper moorings now laid dow.n, to aid vessels entering the port, and should not the quay be extended, and a channel dredged along- side it so that vessels might float at taw tide? The suggestion that a dock might be formed on the opposite side of the estuary is by in means a bad one.



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