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ELLESMERE. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, TUESDAY.—Present Ilev T. J. Rider (presiding), Rev W. C. E. Kynaston. Rev S. T. W. Barker, Rev H. Moody. Messrs J. D. Owen, W. E. Trevor Ward, {J. Jeffries, T. Emberton, J. Woodville, T. Jones, C. Cooke, and J. Griffiths.— The Master reported the inmates in the House for the first week to be 55 against 57 last year; second week, 53 against 59 tramps relieved during the fortnight, 174 against 182 last year.—Acknowledg- ment of tea and tobacco from Mr Moore, was also made, the Board expressing their thanks. Out- door relief during fortnight, Ellesmere district £ 14 17s; Hanmer district, C9 4s. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. A special meeting of the Urban District Council was held in the Town Hall on Monday, when there were present: Councillor 11. E. Lloyd (vice-chair- man) presiding; Councillors P. Edwards, J. S. Knight, W. Nunnerley, H. Hawkins, C. Parry, I. Cooke, J. Sinclair, J. Hood, and Miss Gough; with Mr J. Pay (clerk). WATER SUPPLY. The Chairman explained that the meeting had been summoned for the purpose of taking into con- sideration the letter received from the Local Government Board in reply to the Council's ap- plication to borrow zP,4,000 for the Liverpool water scheme. He therefore called on the Clerk to read it, which was as follows:—"Local Government Board, Whitehall, S.W., May 27, 1896. Sir,—I am directed by the Local Government Board to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 12th inst., and to state that they have had under con- sideration the report made by their Inspector, Col. Coke, after the inquiry held by him with reference to the application of the Urban District Council of Ellesmere ior sanction to borrow zC4,000 for works of water supply. The Board are advised that the scheme requires amendment in the following re- spects (1) A covered service reservoir, to hold say three days' supply, should be provided, in order to meet the contingency of a fracture of the mains in the Yyrnwy Aqueduct. (2) The size of the pro- posed supply mains should be reduced from eight inches in diameter to six inches; and (3) Cast iron pipes should be used in the connections in. stead of lead pipes as proposed. The Board arc advised that six inch mains will be quite large enough to supply the district, after allowing for increase of population and corrosion of the pipes; and that in view of the softness of the water lead services are not desirable. When the scheme has been amended accordingly, the District Council should furnish the Board with a plan of the site, and with plans and sections of the reservoir, together with a revised estimate of the cost of all the works and a copy of a resolution directing ap- plication for sanction to borrow any additional sum that may be required in consequence of the adoption of the amendments.—I am, sir, your obedient servant, D. C. L. Dalton, assistant secretary. The Chairman explained that it was for the Council to decide whether they would agree to erect a covered service reservoir. He thought that before doing so they ought to have the opinion of their engineer who would have to amend the specifica- tions according to the Local Government Board's suggestions. He was not aware that lead pipes were proposed by this Council to be used.—Mr C. Parry did not see any need for a reservoir as he considered that in the event of any stoppage by a fracture of the mains they would have sufficient water from the pumps to last them for several days, and he considered it was a serious expense to erect a reservoir which was not required.—Mr J. S. Knight considered that there would be a saving of nearly £ 300 by reducing the size of the pipe from eight to six inches and he thought they may reduce it to five inches if they had a reservoir.—Sir W. Nunnerley was of opinion that a four or five inch pipe would be quite sufficient if they were com- pelled to have a reservoir.—Sir John Hood felt that the Local Government Board bad treated them very badly. There was almost a water famine in the town yet after waiting for many weeks and after several applications they had at last got an unsatis- factory reply to their application to borrow the money required for their water scheme. They did not want a reservoir for it was not only the cost of the reservoir, which would be a very large sum. bnt there would be that of keeping it in order after- wards. They had private and otiier pumps which would supply the town for several days in the event of any stoppage of the water pipes, and thev had the Sleie close to the town for other purposes except drinking. If the Local Government Board had sanctioned the scheme as they wanted it thev could have commenced with the scheme at once. Sir C. Parry entirely agreed with Sir Hood.—Other members also expressed a similar opinion, and Sir J. S. Knight proposed the following resolution: — '• That the clerk send a copy of* the letter received from the Local Government Board to Sir Stooke. engineer, Shrewsbury, and to request him to amend the specifications according to the Local Govern- ment Board's suggestions, aud to attend the Council meeting next Slonday and also to inform him that a reservoir in their opinion is not needed but if compelled to construct one they suggested p four or five inch pipe, sufficient for all requirement —Sir John Hood seconded the resolution, audit -Ir John Hood seconded the resolution, and it was carried unanimously. -+-