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WHAT WILL THE COUNCIL DO?" -After the Welshpool Town's Meeting. A Short History of Sanitary Troubles. Lord Powis Will Say to Mr. Addie ——— {[SPECIAL FOR TIIIE 'F-PRFSS.'] Next Friday, at 11 a.m., the Welshpool Town Council will hold its monthly meeting in the Town Hall. Amongst the items in the letter-bag to be considered will be the following resolution from a large and representative Town's Meeting That this Town's Meeting does emphatically protest against the Town Council's proposed lease of unsuitable fields for refuse disposal, and calls upon the Council to respect the expressed will of the townspeople by acquiring the freehold estate of 25 acres, called the Henfaes, in order to adequately meet the sanitary needs of the town (present and future), and to help forward the industrial development of Welshpool. I happened last Monday to come across an -intelligent townsman of Pool, who had just finished reading the Express' report of the Town's Meeting held the previous Friday even- ing. My friend's mind was full of the subject, ancf we had a chat that to me proved mast informing. Well! '"he began, Mr Ililes has come out a startler, hasn't he? A SHINING STAR! It's baen a wonderful meeting. We've had three, but this is the A 1 of the lot there's no doubt about that in my estimation." £ What will happen ? I inquired. Those two fields off Severn-road will be with- drawn," came the confident reply. Lord Powis wouldn't think of letting those two fields to the Council in the face of the expressed wish of the burgesses-the ratepayers. What do you think ? I shouldn't think so." He won't, sir! If I know the Earl of Powis at all, he won't do that He is as eager for the respect of the people of Welshpool as I am He doesn't want to run his head against a stone wall any more than any other man." Mr Addie was at the Town's Meeting," I remarked. Yes, and he'll put the thing before his Lord- ship in a clear, straightforward, business manner, and they'll talk the matter over, and no doubt come to the conclusion that the best thing is to I Withdraw those two fields. And then the Council can start again." Where? With the Henfaes, of course! And the town will have the Henfaes in the end, without a doubt. And then we shall be safe for generations." Not for 21 years only ? "We shan't be safe for one year it we go to that dumping ground on the banks of the Llyndu brook, sir! After we'd been dumping in those two fields for a few months, and a good thunder- storm comes, the water will be taken from the brook and analyzed, and found polluted with garbage or the water off garbage. I was told by one of the councillors there's nothing but clean ashes to go there. We don't want the town stunk out by people burning cabbage leaves, potato peelings, fish bones, and other animal and vege- table stuff. The scavenger—he's got his orders -he chucks these things out ef the mixen-heap, and people want to know What are we to do with it? I You must do what you can with it.' There's a sheet of brown paper that's got wet or saturated with fish or meat put into the midden. The scavenger puts it on one side. 'CAN'T YOU TAKE THIS?' No. Forbidden I'll tell you what-I believe this last Town's Meeting has given the Hen- faesites on the Council a free hand And they will talk after this because they knew they've the burgesses and the ratepayers at their back. Masters of the situation, sir You know the Opposition at that meeting couldn't get up steam. They couldn't raise a howl or a hoot; it was in a very undertone manner the little bit of opposition that was, as if it was afraid of being seen or heard. And to send a thing home you must be seen and heard "-like 'Luke Sharpe' in your paper." What do you think will the Council do with the resolution from the Town's Meeting?" Aye!, What will they do ? They can't kick a thing like that under the table. It must have careful consideration. And it must be dealt with. I've never seen anything catch on in Welshpool like this Henfaes scheme has. You see that in this dumping down of the refuse of Welshpool there has always been water in the question, hasn't there ? In the first instance I remember it used to be put on the right hand side close to Ceunant Cottage, and the Royal Oak people-Mr Rowlands, the Oak, he used to buy a quantity of lime and turn it over and mix it with the lime, pick out all the brick-bats and tin-cana and that set of thing. And it used to lie there until properly rotted and then cart it 811 to his land. Well, then, after that it was put on the field that Mr Wyke has now, where the Llanfair rail- way commences to run up the Llanfair-road, and, if you notice, there'F a lot of very quick-growing larch or fir.trees-I remember these planted there —Lovell planted them there to C plant out' THE SIGHT OF THE OLD HEAP. Not so much that it was an eyesore, but people were always 'scratting' in it, turning it over, looking for what they could find. And any rain- fall or anything like that penetrated through down into the brook, and actually came all through the town. I don't quite remember how the Coun- cil began to tip at the Brickfields-those fields of Lord Powis's down Severn-road. But there the trouble began. They got typhoid fever at the gasworks, and the Chairman of the Sanitary Com- mittee, I was told. paid.450 compensation. Then there was a row The Council wrote to Lord Powis asking him to abate the nuisance upon his land that they had committed themselves And I remember goinp' down there and seeing the steam fire engine there, pumping out the pool on the field to get rid of the nuisance. The steam engine was there day and night till it pumped all the stinking water out, and all the things were gathered together and, I think, buried. And the Council were stopped from taking any more of the town refuse to that place. Well, then, they went down to Erwfelin. The water was the source of trouble there-Y.1,800 it cost altogether. Then the Council went down towards Pool Quay. The water was the trouble again. Mr Hey ward was the man who complained the refuse was polluting the water for his cattle. The Council moved further afield, and went down to the Wern, and to the Worn they've been going ever since- 'ON BOATING EXCURSIONS' as was said at the meeting. And there are com- plaints and complaints that this system is a nuisance to Mr William Humphreys' villa pro- perty in Waterloo. His tenants complain of the flies in the house and the stanch from the boat when the wind is in a certain direction. And I see according to the Express,' Mr Henry Lloyd said at the meeting they had the flies in Cobden- street too! The Henfa9s scheme has cropped up and been squashed by the majority on the Council. But I don't know that it is squashed it doesn't look like it at present. When Lord Powis gets that resolution from the Town's Meeting, he'll say to Mr Addie, Look here, Mr Addie, seeing the feel- ing of the townspeople, we will withdraw and have nothing more to do with the Council over those two fields for a dumping -ground.' Mr Addie was at the rl own's Meeting, and he took it all in, I'm eure. Mr Addie's had all the honours conferred upon him that our little town Can give. Andvl think he and Lord Powis will agree to let the scheme drop, don't you think so ? I ventured to agree with my townsman friend. N-ablesse oblige.

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