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WREXHAM GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. A meeting of this committee was held on Wednesday, under the chairmanship of Alderman Smith, when there were present*. Alderman Lloyd and Councillors Bradley, Baugh, Bury, Samuels, R. Jones, Walter Jones, and J. M. Jones. NUISANCE INSPECTOR'S REPORT. Mr Higgins, inspector of nuisances, reported as follows:— Sir,—I beg to submit my report book, wherein are entered the several nolices served on owners and occupiers of premises for tho removal or abatement of nuisances, and the result in each case. I am glad to be able to state that the persons you instructed me to take proceedings against, at your last meet- ing, for not having complied with notices served upon them, have caused the necessary works to be done without taking stich proceedings. In April last I accompanied H. Airy, Esq., one of the medicalinspectors of the Local Government Board, in making aainspection of the town, and have since read his report to the Local Government Board, tegether with his recommendations thereon, and I beg mo.t respectfully to endorse such recommendations, which have been previously brought to your notice by mytelf or the borough surveyor in our i-everal reports. I beg to call your attention to a great .a.uÍ8ance arising from the chimney at Mr Aapinall's brewery in Mount-street. Several complaints have been made to me, and I have myself seen. early in the morning, the streets in the neighbourhood totally covered with black flakes from the same. I have ul o to submit a letter which I have received from the commanding officer from the 23rd Brigade Depot of an alleged nuisance caused by a brick kiln belonginz to Messrs Davies Brothers. I have visited the place, andfrom its situation, and from inquiries I have made, I have no doubt that at the early stalre of burning the bricks the smoke would be w dense as to prevent the men in the barracks from open- ing the windows on that side. Two fairs and one special auction have been held since my last report—on the 18th July, and the bt and 8th of August, when the following sums were received aDd paid over to the town clerk:—Prom auctioneers, XI 3s 4d received at entrance, ZI 88 9d; less paid collector, 10s leaving £ 3 18s 9d. Special auction, 8s Gd. from Mr Lloyd, and 14s 4d from gate, making a total of £ 1 2s. On the 8th August, received from auctions. X2 12s 2d. Received at entrance, £ 11 17s lOd, less 10s for collection, leaving £ 11 7s I' d. Trespass, 2s making a total of £ 14 2s. Alderman Lloyd also considered that the chimney l»e1onging to the Sun Brewery was too low. He proposed that the eommittfee should inspect the places mentioned in the report and this one, when they could see for themselves. The Chairman seconded the proposition, which was carried. STANSTY SEWAGE SCHEME. The Town Clerk read a letter from Mr Oswell Bury, clerk to the Rural Sanitary Authority, sug- gesiiug that some arrangement ought to be made at an early date to further the completion of this scheme. The Chairman said the question had been before the committee on so many occasions that he did not exactly know the position in which it at present stood. The Town Clerk remarked the first thing that was done after the proposal had been received was a conference, to meet a Mr Smith, a. Local Government Board Inspector, who suggested that they should meet the Rural Sanitary Authority and discuss the matter. The only difficulty was the requirement of Colonel Jones tha.t a portion of the surface water should be converted. If this was done, Colonel Jones would give his consent, and the matter coild be proceeded with. Mr R. Jones said he had received intimation that a meeting of the ratepayers of Stansty was to be held objecting to the converting of the surface water. The Town Clerk said Re had prepared some heads for an agreement between the several authorities concerned, which he offered to the ccmmittee as suggestions. After some discussion, the committee approved of them, with the exception of Mr Jones, who con- sidered that the plan to be adopted was in opposi- tion to the opinion of authorities on drianage matters. Alderman Lloyd proposed, aud Mr W. Jones seconded, a motion that a copy of the draft read by the town clerk be sent to the Rural Sanitary Authority, which was agreed to. NEW ROADS. A letter was read from Messrs Acton and Bury askingthe authority to take over Manleyand Smith- field-roads, and keep them in repair. It was arranged that the committee should inspect them. DR AIREY'S REPORT ON DIPHTHERIA. The following letter was read from the Local Government Board :— Sir,—I am directed by the Local Government Board to forward you for the consideration ot the Town Council the accompanying copies of the report made to the board by our inspector, Dr Airy, on diphtheria in parts of the Wrexham Registration District, and I am to request that when the said report has been considered by the 1 own Council, the board maybe informed of the steps which are proposed to be taken for car. ying into effect the recommendations on page ó of the report, Dr Airy's report to the Local Government Board was now read, having been received by the Town Clerk, which commenced by s tating that it was report to the board that there was an outbreak in this district, and it appeared that 12 deaths were registered from diphtheria in the fourth quarter of 1877. After giving an exhaustive geographical description of the situation of the Wrexham Union the report went on to say that the population of the Urban Sanitary Authority's district was 8,576, and that of the rural 40,261. The Wrexham district for the last eight years had shown a conspicuously high death-rate from diphtheria, and North Wales had suffered more than South Wales. Denbighshire had also suffered more than the other counties of North Wales. For Wrexham Union the average annual death-rate from diphtheria had been 1'97 per 10,000 living. With regard to the town of Wrexham, he did not know that there had been any case registered previously to 1877. The first case was that of a child named O'Brien, and a family of Kellys went visiting there and the result wa3 a second case. These children went to the Catholic School, and afterwards the children of three families were seized. He attributed the spreading of the disease in the distant parts of the town to the children going to school, and this he termed f. school congregation." Most of the cases had been attended to by the house surgeon of the Dispensary, who had tended nearly 100 cases in the first quarter of 1878. With the exception of one instance the children attacked averaged 13 years of age or thereabouts. Diphtheria broke out in the Workhouse Schools and attacked in all fourteen children. It proved fatal in three instances. Although diphtheria had not reached Wrexham previously to November, 1877, in villages not far distant there had been many cases. Brymbo, Gwersyllt, and Holt were the villages referred to more particularly. Two cases occurred at Isycoed, where drinking water was obtained from surface pools and drainage and excrement removal were very imperfect. Dr Davies informed him (Dr Airy) that in these clayey places he regarded diphtheria as an epidemic—there was a severe one in 1884. By the kindness of Captain Griffith- Boscawen he was enabled to give the rainfall for the last ten years, which averaged 29,268. With regard to the sanitary arrangements of the Urban District, the water from the Welsh hills supplied by a company was good, and was supplied pretty generally in the town, though there were some exceptions. There were several wells in the town, but the purity of these in the midst of human habitations, was, to say the least, doubtful. A brook known as the Gwenfro ran through the town, and, doubtless, at times this was resorted to. Although no drains now ran into it, and one time that was not so. Part of it was covered over, and he considered it would be well if the rest were covered also. The sewerage disposal was well carried out at Hafod-y-Weru Farm by Col. Jones, T.C. Although a few privies and cesspits still remained in the poorest parts of the village yet water closets were general. The cesspits were emptied by scavengers, and although the stuff at the depositing place did not prevent a nuisance it did not cause one appreciably, though it was within 100 yards from a public road. The slaughter-houses were well attended to, and pig keeping nuisances were abating. Provisions for isolating infectious cases was obtained at the Infirmary, but not more than seven patients could be accommodated. This was insufficient for a population of probably 9,000 or 10,000 persons. The Rural Sanitary Authority had not made special provisions for infectious cases, and in conclusion Dr Airy wished to acknow- ledge the courteous and ready assistance he received from all officers. He recommended that good water should be attached to unattached houses, the abatement and recurrence of privy and cesspits nuisances, the substitution of water closets for water privies, abatement of pig keeping nuisancer the covering, and prevention of drinking of the water from the Gwenfro, the stoppage of the pollu- tion of the said brook, that, the Sanitary Authority should use the powers vested in them by the Public Health Act, 1865, for isolating infectious cases, and, lastly, that that the Sanitary Authority should make such arrangements as would help to secure the medical officer obtaining full informa- tion of such cases, and especially that the surgeon at the Infirmary should do so. THE TOWN PROPERTY. Mr Alderman Lloyd said he continually heard persons remark that the right of way from Regent- street to the Second Purchase field, which was to be offered for sale did not in reality exist. He thought therefore that this ought to be decided, especially as it was to be offered for sale, as otherwise they could not expect to get any offers for it. He therefore proposed that a letter be sent to the Rev Canon Hilton informing him of their intention to enter upou it, and peg out where the light of way existed. Mr E. Jones was anxious to know what was the object in purchasing the ground, and it was pointed out that it was to open Hope-road to Watery-lane THE SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS. Mr BU1:Y said the Wrexham Market Hall Company in carrying out their scheme for the new buildings bad purchased some property in Henblas- street, and it would he thought be advisable if the town purchased a portion of the land in front of the Market Hall Company's property, thereby making a great improvement in the street at that part. A committee was appointed to wait upon the directors of the Market Hall company to see what could be done. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor reported that he had examined Bath- road with a view to the same being adopted by the Council. He found that the construction of the street had beed carried out in ac cordance with the plan and specification submitted to and approved by the Council. The question of the width of the road would have to be considered previous to any arrangements being made as to adoption. On the original survey of the land the street is shown as intended to have a uniform width of 26 feet. According to the actual measurement it varies from 21 feet 6 inches at one end to 26 feet 9 inches at the other. In consequence of the evident encroachments which have been made, there is no proper and sufficient footpaths along the road. He recommended that pre- vious to adoption an arraagetnen; be made with the owners to have a footway at least 3 feet wide along each side of the street. Alderman Lloyd thought it was hard upon the owners of the property to make them go to to this expense. Mr Bury said if it was not done in three years time the ground would become the owners property, and they would have to purchase the right. The chairman also pointed out that when the owners purchased the property, they knew there were certain restrictions which they would have to carry out, which they had failed to do so during the seventeen years. The recommendation in the report was agreed to THE BYE-LAWS. Several plans of new buildings were submitted for approval, and in the course of discussion upon them the opinion was expressed how often the bye- laws was evaded, which enacted that plans for buildings should be passed by the committee before proceeded with. After some discussion, Mr J. M. Jones proposed a resolution which was carried, giving the surveyor power to stop anyone building above the ground until the plans had been passed. DRAINAGE. A letter was read from Mr Owen Hughes, agent to Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart., giving per- mission for a drain to be erected for to carry off the storm water in the Eagle's meadow, providing that the authority undertook to keep it in order, and for a nominal sum. This was agreed to.




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