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THE MORAL of SOUTH AFRICA

30 A WEEK MINIMUM.

D. A.

THE SENGHENYDD INQUIRY.

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PONTARDAWE COUNCIL

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PONTARDAWE COUNCIL The fortnightly meeting of the Pont- ardawe Council was held on Thursday, Mr. Owen Davies presiding. There were present, Messrs D. T. Jones, Jos. Thomas, Dd. Jenkins, R. A. Jones. J. M. Davies, J. G. Harris, Herbert Gib- bon, D. Lloyd. Rev E. Davies, Dd. Lewis. R. Thomas, W. D. Davies, W. Davies (B.). H. J. Powell, M. Davies W. Davies (Y.), E. Hopkin, L. Davies, F. R. Phillips, together with the offi- cials. THE COUNCIL AND TENANTS. The Clerk stated that it had been reported that a tenant at Heol Varteg (Council Houses, Ystalyfera) was still keeping lodgers, notwithstanding the letter which had been sent to the tenant. Mr. Dd. Lewis moved that the tenant should be given a fortnight's notice to dismiss the lodgers. The Rev. E. Davies seconded, and this was agreed to. It was further reported that a tenant was in the habit of grazing a pony in the back garden, that the passage of the pony broke up the asphalt leading to the garden, and that he kept a fish and chip cart in the front street oppo- site his house all through the day. Fourteen days' notice was given for the nuisances to be abated. The Engineer reported that he had carefully considered the question of providing a fence to divide the two gar- dens iof each block of the Council houses at Ystalyfera. and found that the cost of three classes of fencing would be as follow: brick wall 3 ft. 6in. high on the "tip and run" system, £3 12s. per house; cheap iron fencing, £2 5s. per house; privet hedge includ- ing double netting, 15s. per house. The 'latter in time would form a good fence and the netting would last three years to protect the plantings. The cost of the privet hedge for the whole of the houses would be £21, against £ 58 for the iron railings, and t98 for the brick walls. It was unanimously decided that pri- vet hedges should be provided. COUNCIL NOT RESPONSIBLE. I The Engineer reported that he had received a letter from Mr. Glyn Price, coroner, respecting the inquest held on the 29th Dec. last as to the death of D^vid Jenkins at the side of the Upper Clydach river opposite the Victoria Inn, Pontardawe, and stating that a rider was added to the verdict that a gate should be placed near the spot where the deceased died to prevent persons passing from the road to the river. Decided to forward a copy of the letter to the County Council. PROPOSED GWAUNCAEGURWEX I STATION APPROACH. THE SPIRIT OF PAROCHIALISM I RAMPANT. The Engineer further reported that he had inspected Pwllywrach-road, Gwauneaegurwen, and found that it was under 9ft. in width at several points, and for the purpose of making a safe approach to the Great Western ltailway station it would be necessary to procure about three perches of land and to also purchase a retaining wall 72ft. long by 9ft. high. The cost of the improvement would be about JE80. The Rev. Evan Davies, in accordance with notice of motion moved that the Council should grant a contribution to- wards the construction of a road lead- ing to the new station. It was an in- sult to call the present approach a road; it was only a lane, and he was certain that the Engineer would agree that P-80 was inadequate, because the road could not be repaired owing to the fact that there was rock on one side, and a river on the other side. It would be false economy to spend the money. He said he was bold enough to make a proposal that the Council should grant jEl.50 instead of £80, because if they spent only £ 80 to start with, they would find that it was necessary to spend money continually. If the Coun- cil granted E150 towards the improve- ment there would be an end to the trouble. Mr. Dd. Lewis said the road would serve future generations, and he iseetmd- ed the last speaker's proposal. "Some of you," he said, "don't live at Gwaun- caegurwen, but you might come to live there. Mr. R. A. Jones: God forbid. Mr. Gibbons said it would be better to adjourn the question until the esti- mates come ug for discussion. Mr. Harris said if they granted E150 in this case they would have similar calls from other places. Mr H. Thomas said it was against the policy of the Council to spend public money ont private property, and to grant the money would not be fair to other landlords. The Clerk said he had received a. letter from Mr David Jones, Pwllywrach farm, G.C.G., stating that in reference to the proposed approach to the G.C.G. station he had been approached by some of the most influential residents of the district and had arrived at the decision that he was prepared to sell the land at 30s. per porch freehold, subject to access to the adjoining fields. He hoped the Council would consider the offer a most gener- ous one, and that it would be possible for the present residents of the neigh- bourhood and future generation to bene- fit by the proposed facilities. The Engineer, in reply to a member, stated that the land was about 40 perches. Mr R. A. Jones seconded Mr Gibb- ons' amendment that the matter bo de- ferred. 11. I Mr F. ri. Phillips said he would vote against the proposal to grant the money. He would like1 to knew more of the con- dition of th2 place. He thought it would be decidedly unfair to make a contri bution of the serf out cf the general funds. Mr H. J. Powell stated that he had been fighting for the Ynismeudwy road for a considerable time. Mr D. T. Jones said it was a principle they were called upon to decide. They had plenty cf work with the estimates without discussing principles. Whail they ought to decide upon was whether they wt-re going to grant the money or not. Mr R. Thomas moved that they refuse the application. The Chairman said G.C.G. had a moral claim to the road, and he suggested that a committee formed of the local members and one member from each district should view the place. They should go and view the place in fairness to the local members, who had been working hard to get the road. Mr J. Thomas said he felt inclined to favour the proposal. Some time ago he I had failed to get a. promise from the Council for a grant towards the making of a road leading to the proposed rail- way station at Godre'rgraig, and they had been asked to bring an estimate of tae cost of the read to the Council, and to get a promise from the landlord that lie was prepared to give something to- wards the road, and then the Council would be prepared to consider it. The matter was still in abeyonce at Godre'r- graig. They had a promise from the .Midland Railway Company that a station would be provided if a road were made. The Chairman said the two cases were, not similar. They had a road leading towards the station at G.C.G., and the engineer estimated that it would cost £ 80 to make it. He would suggest putting another L80 to the sum suggested. Mr H. J. Powell said the, people of Godre'rgraig had already collected be- tween EBO to £10; The Railway Com- pany were prepared to build a station if a road were provided. Mr Phillips: It is there on paper! Mr Powell Some years ago they col- lected about L100, and there is some kind of a road leading to the proposel station. The Godre'rgraig people were in the same boat exactly. If they granted the money to G.C.G. they would also have to grant it to Ystalyfera. Mr W. D. Davies thought the sug- gestion of the chairman a very good one. Mr R. Thomas said it opened up a very big question. If G.C.G. were en- titled to money towards the road, then Clydach. should have a sum granted for the improvement of Capel road. The Rev. E. Davies replying to the criticism, said some of the speakers were very wide of the mark. The cases of Ystalyfera and G.C.G. were not analag- ous. He was quite prepared to wait nntil the estimates were prepared in April. To spend £ 80 would be useless. If they saw Pwllyrwrach road once they would dream of it for months. Mr R. A. Jones If we saw Colbren road, we should have nightmare—(laugh- ter). I a.m going to vote for the dreams anyway—(renewed laughter). It was decided that a committee should be formed consisting of the Chairman, vice-chairman, local members, and Messrs. J. M. Davies, H. Thomas, D. Jenkins, Joseph Thomas, Lewis Davies, and D. T. Jones, and that they view the road, and report. LOCKING THE STABLE, etc. I Mr. Morgan Davies, in accordance with notice of motion, moved that the question of providing fire extinguishing appl,iances for the district should be discussed by a committee. It was neces- sary that they should do something to avoid losing property and perhaps lives. There was an urgent need that some- thing should be done and he thought a committee should be formed to draw up a report and present it at a future meeting of the Council. The Clerk suggested that as the mat- ter would have to do with the provi- sion of hydrants that it be referred to the Water Supplies Committee.—This was agreed to. STATE OF THE COUNTY MAIN I ROADS. The Chairman said that because he had received numerous complaints by the users of vehicles who had occasion to use the main roads, he desired to say that the Council should call the attention of the County Council to the state of the roads under their juris- diction. A friend of his had recently ridden to Neath in a trap and had had to hold on to the side of the trap nearly all the way for fear of being thrown out. The motor 'buses had all been fitted up with the latest improve- ments to avoid oscillation, but the state of the roads made it a torture for any- one to use the 'buses. The roads round Bridgend and Cow bridge were kept in excellent Tepair, and he thought it full time that the same attention should be paid to the roads in the Pontardawe district. He moved that the attention of the County Council be called to the dangerous and disgraceful state of the roads, and that they be asked to im- prove them as soon as possible; and also that copies of the resolution should be sent to all the local members of the County Council. Mr R. Thomas seconded, and it was unanimously agreed to. Mr F. R. Phillips said the matter had been discussed the previous evening at the Cha.mber of Trade-(laughter). The Chamber h ad been successful in obtain- ing some improvements locally, and no doubt they would succeed in doing other things in spite of the jeers of some of those present. Mr R. A. Jones It is swelled head they suffer from—("No, no," and laugh- ter). Mr Phillips expressed surprise at the ejaculation made by Mr Jones. The i m-in roads in the district had not re- ceived proper attention during the last two years, and that was the reason why they suffered. Mr M. Davies said the Chamber had embodied in the resolution they had I .,¡ ?' passed that the narrow portions of roads should be widened. lie thought iiio Council should embody that in their re- sol ut ion. Mr R. A. Jones protested that when the Council had the opportunity of prejL- ing upon the County Council the neces- sity of widening the roads, at the time when the Council proposed to run t2,ü tramway to Ynismeudwy, they hcd. bnrked the question. Had the Couniil supported Councillor Fraiicis and hjrr- self at that, time, they would considerable goad. The road, in thcu" district were the worst in the county, ard yet they had allowed the best- chance they ever had to slip past. Mr J. M. Davies supported the re- solution. He understood that the Couirly Council were likely to appoint a superin- tendent to look after the roads lllSpE, J- ois, especially in their district. The resolution was passed, and the sug- gested addendum added. MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TEB COUNCIL. The Roads and Bridges Committee met on 2nd February, anj inspected Graig- ynysderw road, and found that all im- pi-ovements suggested had been c;;rri-d out, and recommended that the rcad be taken over as a district highway from the point where it joins Glanrhyd roo(i onwards for a distance of 250 yareb. Agreed to. SCARLET FEVER AT G.C.G. Mr W. Davies, Brynamman, a-skedi whether it was the open rubbish tip on the G.C.G. common that was responsible for the prevalence of scarlet- fever in Lø district. Children played up the tips; and milking cows were also turned oi the Common in proximity to the tips. The Sanitary Inspector said the cors- timied prevalence of the disease "was more likely due to people visiting houses where scarlet fever was, and they would never stamp it out until they refrained from doing so. It was resolved thfct the M.O.H. should be asked to visit and report on the condition of the place. LIGHTS PRACTICALLY INVISIBLE A letter was received from Mr. y. Geo. Higgs, together with his report on the electric lighting of Clydach and Gwauncaegurwen. He made tests at Gwauneaegurwen in January 26th, and also on January 30th. Referring to the lighting of New-road from the Public Hall to G.C.G. Old Pit, he stated it was very unsatisfactory. From about midway as far as the old pit the lamps were of little use and further on they were practically invisible. STATE OF SWAN-LANE, YSTALY- FERA. The Sanitary Inspector reported that Swan-lane, Ystalyfera, was owned by Col Gough, and served as an approach to fourteen dwelling-houses. Half of the "road" was covered with .pools of water and slush which made it moet difficult for residents to use it. It was decided to write to Col. Gough calling his attention to the matter.

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THE MORAL of SOUTH AFRICA

THE SENGHENYDD INQUIRY.