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SECONDARY SCHOOL SITE. -0 WHY MISS TALBOT REFUSES TO SELL LAND. STRONG PROTESTS. v ANOTHER SITE SELECTED. As reported' to the meeting of the mana- gers of the Maesteg Group of Schools, a re- cord of which appeared in our columns last week, Miss Talbot has declined to grant » site for a Secondary School at Maesteg. A meeting of the Secondary School Site Committee, which is representative of the Maesteg District Council, the managers of the Group of Schools, and Evening Classes Committee, was held- on Monday evening. Mr. Evan E. Davies, C.C., presided, and there were also present Councillors John Howells, J.P., J. P. Gibbon, J.P., John Bevan, Revs. D. C. Howells, W. R. Watkins, M.A., and Iorwerth Jones, Messrs. Thomas Morgan, J. Roderick, J. Edmunds, Win. Job, with the clerk (Mr. R. Scale). The Chairman explained that when the Council and the Education Committees met in September last, the County Council had decided to give Maesteg a Secondary School, and a sub-committee was then formed to select sites, and to obtain the terms upon which they could be secured. The sub-com- mittee selected three sites, the first being on the right of Neath-road, the second near Brynmawr Farm, and the third beyond Salis- bury-road and above West-street^—on what is called the Park. The committee decided to deal with the first site, and they had been in correspondence with Mr. Lipscomb, the agent to the Margam Estate, ever since. No- thing definite could be ascertained, until the clerk received the following LETTER FROM MR. LIPSCOMB Estate Office, Margam Park, Port Talbot, 1st July, 1909. R. Scale, Esq., Solicitor, Maesteg. Dear Sir,—Proposed School at Maesteg. Referring to my conversation with you the other day. I think perhaps it may be as well to explain in a letter Miss Talbot's views in this matter. As you are aware, Miss Tal- bot some years ago went to considerable expense and) trouble in order to assist in starting an Liter mediate School at Port Talbot. Her idea is that if a similar school is started at Maesteg they would both be covering exactly the same lines and providing education for all comers. Miss Talbot's suggestion is that it would be very much better that a higher elementary school should be started r-t Maesteg, where a thoroughly sound technical and commer- cial education should be provided, and ter- minating when the children were 16. To this school no doubt certain children now attending the Port Talbot school might very properly go. The Port Talbot school would thus be freed to give an education to those pupils who desired to stay until they were 18 or 19. By this means you will see that the county will be saved pay- ing for the education of a number of child- ren who are really wasting their time in beginning what they cannot carry on, and in addition to this, instead of having two competing schools of the same type, the education would be graded. I hope the Maesteg authorities will see their way to carry out this suggestion, as Miss Talbot does not feel inclined to assist in the establishment of a school at Maesteg which would compete with the sobool established at Port Talbot.—Yours faithfully (signed), G. Lipscomb. The substance of that letter, the Chairman continued', had been previously conveyed ver- bally to Mr. Scale and Councillor John Howells in interviews which they had with Mr. Lipscomb. It would be seen that the land was refused not because terms had been; offered which the committee were unable to recommend, or because they had in any way disagreed upon terms, but- on a question of principle, namely, that Maesteg was not a town which should receive a secondary school but that it should be content with a higher elementary school. That was an ATTEMPT TO THRUST A POLICY upon the people, which, he felt sure, they would not for a moment dream of accepting. The sub-committee which had considered the letter felt very dissatisfied with it, and at their meeting on the 9th July It was decided that he (the Chairman) should interview Mr. Mansel Franklen, the clerk to the County Council, to see If he could assist them in the matter. He saw Mr. Franklen oil July 13th. Mr. Franklen explained that he had had in- terviews with Mis. Talbot on the matter, and that the letter practically embodied his views —he considered that Miss Talbot had adopted' a right attitude with regard to the Port Tal- bot School, and therefore he did not feel in- clined to interfere. He added that if the original propo-sals with regard to the Port Talbot and Bridgend Schools (to double the accommodation) were gone on with, and the resolution preventing this reversed. Miss Talbot would certainly sell the land on fair and .reasonable terms for a higher elementary school. Until that were done Mr. Franklen said lie thought Miss Talbot was quite right in protecting the Port Talbot School, and he further added that the introduction of the pupil teachers into the County Schools had brought about a new feature since the County Council last dealt with the matter, and that it would be quite open for any member to raise the mat- ter again. Mr. John Hoyells proposed that the com- mittee accept the site off Salisbury-road, which had been offered by Mr. E. F. Lyncli- Blos,se. He understood tho site was avail- able, provided the committee made a road in- dicated a plan which had been supplied, leading from the West-street Bridge towards Salisbury-road. He mentioned that the sur- veyor had estimated the cost of making that road at between £600 and JE700. and that if the land could' be obtained for that it would be a reasonable price. THE ALTERNATIVE SITB. At the suggestion of Mr. Gibbon, the Chair- man read the letter which he had received from Mr. Blosse, as follows:—I enclose you a tracing of part of Llest Fa-ch Farm, showing how it is proposed to develop it for building in the future. I understand that the site that is desired for the school is somewhere near the Llest Fach cottages, and if I am cor- rect in this, I shauld advise Mr. Traherne, subject of course to the mortgagee's consent. to give the necessary land, reserving minerals with power to work, ets., provided the road shown on the plan was constructed as well as the continuation, of the cross-road from Salisbury-road, as bhown oil the tracing, the road to be eonstruoted in accordance with the bye-laws of the Maesteg Urban District Council." Mr. Gibbon This is merely a private com- munication to the chairman. I think we ought to get definite terms from Mr. Blosse after he has consulted his principals, and that the committee should afterwards ar- range to meet him on the site. Mr. Edmunds moved that the committee should select as the next best site that ad- joining the land refused by Miss Talbot. This land, he said, was Colonel Henry Lewis's property, and would be the most cen- tral for all parts of the valley. Rev. D. C. Hpwella seconded. After further discussion', it W3¡S decided that the committee should visit both sites. Mr. Gibbon said he did not think the com- mittee should take such treatment as they had 'received from Miss Talbot lying down, and the facts ought to be made public. Snril action on the part of landlords was a good argument for Socialists. Rev. D. C. Howells: I should like to know who is going to control Maesteg—the people of Maesteg or Miss TalbotP After the meeting the committee visited both sites proposed, and they unani- mously decided to accept the one offered by Mr. Blosse. It was decided to arrange an interview with Mr. Blosse. We understand Mr. Blosse wilf meet the committee to-day (Friday).

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