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CIVIL SERVICE AND ENGINEERING.

. A DOUBTFUL PROPOSAL.

LLANIDLOES MUNICIPAL ELECTION.

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CORONATION MAYORS.

NEWTOWN URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.

GRAVE CHARGE AGAINST A NEWTOWN…

INTERESTING to WELSHPOOL.

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INTERESTING to WELSHPOOL. RIVER POLLUTION ACTION AGAINST A LOCAL AUTHORITY. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD ACTIVITY. "It is startling at this time of day to find a local authority that would contend that it is right to discharge crude sewage into a river." The ratepayers and the Corporation of the borough of Welshpool will have a special interest in this statement that was made by counsel in the Chancery Division last Thursday before Mr Justice Parker. Llan- rwst Urban District Council were the de- fendants to an action wherein Isgoed Jones, the plaintiff, sought to restrain an alleged pollution of the river Conway. Mr Romer, K.C., and Mr E. P. Shewill appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Mac- morran, K.C., and Mr Tomlin for the de- fendants. In opening the case, Mr Romer said that the plaintiff was the owner of a freehold house known at Plasjudra, formerly called Penesidre, which was within the urban dis- trict of Llanrwst. It was bounded on the west side by the river Conway, which there flowed from the south to the north. The defendants were the District Council of Llanrwst, and the object of the action was to restrain them from discharging into the river Conway at a point opposite the plain- tiff's property the sewage from the district without first freeing it from all foul and noxious matter, to the deterioration of the property and the quality of the water of the river. "TURNING A RIVER INTO A CESSPOOL." The local authority, continued counsel, contended that it was right to discharge crude sewage into a river, and they were turning the river Conway into a cesspool. This, he contended, they were absolutely prohibited from, both under the Public Health Act and the Rivers Pollution Act. The defendants set up that the river at this point was a tidal river, and they also denied the plaintiff's title. But, counsel submitted, whether the plaintiff was the owner of the bed of the river or not, he should prove from the evidence that sewage and other most objectionable matter came on to his land, and was also deposited all along the river banks in his ownership. The defendants, instead of doing anything to try and remedy the present state of things, intended, if not restrained by the injunction of the court, to go on with their disgusting habits and discharge crude sew- age into the river Conway. Sir Rubert Boyce, giving evidence for the plaintiff, expressed the opinion that the river Conway was polluted by these sewage outfalls. The pollution was dangerous to health. Everyone now was coming round to the opinion that there was a risk from milk obtained from cattle who drank con- taminated water. He formed a strong con- clusion that two sewer outlets were greatly out of proportion to the volume of the water of the river. He could not say how much sewage came down the pipes. It was a question of quality not quantity. He had formed a very strong conclusion that the amount of pollution was immense. The further hearing was adjourned. FORWARD MOVEMENT AT DOLGELLEY. The Local Government Board is on the track of the Dolgelley Urban Council with regard to sewage disposal. At last Tuesday night's meeting a letter was read from the Board inquiring what progress had been made by the Council with regard to the sewage scheme. The Board further en- closed copies of two letters received, one from the clerk to the public institution and the other from the landowner, alleging that the discharging of sewage into the river Wnion was a menace to health, and that the Council was shelving the question. The Chairman and other members, in com- menting on the letters, pointed out that the parties who complained, also discharged their sewers into the river. The Clerk was instructed to write to the Local Government Board stating that the Council had under consideration a detailed scheme of sewage.

KERRY.

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