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RHONDDA AND SWANSEA BAY RAILWAY. r- LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD ENQUIRY AT BRUON FERRY. 10n Thursday evening Major General Phipps Carey, R.E., held an inquiry at the Briton Ferry Local Board Room, as to the demolition of houses by the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway. Mr Yockney, engineer to the railway company, in xesponne to an invitation from the Commissioner, stated that his company had acquired 46 houses, 13 of which they intended to demolish, and they had already raised 6 to the ground. They intended to build three cottages in lieu thereof. The Commissioner here remarked to Mr Yockney that by the Act the Company was subjected to a .penalty of £ 500 for each house they demolished without first providing other houses. Mr Yockney said their agent, Mr Saph, told them there was no scarcity of house accommodation in Briton Ferry, and with the exception of two families all had been provided for. He (Mr Yockney) then read a statement which showed that three families .had been huddled together in one cottage. Mr W. T. Olive I think it would be a wise plan if the Commissioner would kindly examine the hovels called houses referred to in the statement, and see for himself how very much they are over- ,in crowded, and how very unhealthy it must be for the poor people. T Mr Fred Kempthorne, clerk to the Local Board, said there could not be any question whatever as to the very great scarcity of houses and the over- crowding, and many working men had to walk to .Neath and other districts for accommodation. Mr G. V. Perry said as an old resident he claimed 4o have a fairly good Knowledge of the town and its requirements, and he had no hesitation in con- firming the able statement of Mr Fred Kempthorne that the town is badly overcrowded. It was very sad to think of the inconveniences and hardships poor people are suffering in consequence of the great scarcity of houses, and he considered the railway oompauy should erect at least the same number of houses as they demolish, and houses should be ereoted and made tenantable before the work of further demolition takes place. I have it noted that 46 houses have been acquired, of which 13 will be demolished in the near future, and in his opinion, and in the opinion of the inhabitants of the town, the vibration of the proposed railway would, sooner ,or latter, shake down all the houses in Railway- terrace, which are built on nothing but sand, and many of them are now almost in a state of collapse. The Commissioner then stated he would report to the Local Government Board, and closed the enquiry.

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