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4.000 TONS A WEKK OF BRITISH…

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KHfMMMBE HHClL I The fortnightly meeting of the Pont- ardawe Rural District Council took place on Thursday, Councillor D. T. Jones, J.P., presiding. He was sup- r ported by Councillor Herbert Gibbon (vioo-chairman), and Messrs. J. Mor-I gan (engineer), A. E. Edmunds (sani- tary inspec, Wyndham Lewis and Noah L Davies (clerk and doupty clerk) Mr. D. T. Jones said he was sure they were pleased to pee the Engineer with them again after his recent ill- ness. They were all glad that he had had such a oomplete recovery. GARDEN ALLOTMENTS. I The Engineer read out a schedule he had prepared of land at Clydach, Pontardawe, Trebanos and Ystalyfera, that was considered to be suitable for the purpose of garden allotments. In the case of the site suggested at the Godre'rgraig Cemetery it was decided that a deputation await upon the trus- ¡ tees, as they did not seem to favour the trampling over the graves that might happen if the allotments were in the burial ground. Mr. Wyndham Lewis said the Board of Agriculture did not seem to be press- ing the point. NEGLECTED GARDENS. In reply to Mr. H. J. Powell it was said that the County War Agricultural Committee had power to deal with ne- glected gardens. Mr. L. W. Francis said every power they had should be used to get their plots cultivated. He suggested the for- mation of a Food Production Commit- tee. It was decided to take the matter up and to arrange for the reporting of those who did not cultivate their gardens. Mr. Hy. Thomas asked that the Agricultural Committee be asked to take action, and this was agreed, but the Council would see that the work was carried out. G.C.G. WATER PIPES. I The Engineer reported upon corro- sion of water pipes at Mount Pleasant, Gwauncaegurwen as a result of which six new houses were without a water supply. It was resolved to carry out renewals, as there were sufficient pipes in stock. BABY WELFARE. I Mr. Morgan also stated that in con- junction with Mr. J. D. Rees he had inspected two premises at Ystalyfera with a view of securing suitable accom- modation for the Baby Welfare Com- mittee in that part o fthe district, and their joint report giving details of the estimated cost of alteration required to be done and the cost of furnishing, etc., had been estimated. Three mem- bers of the committee assisted them during their inspection and, taking in- to consideration the moro convenient location, as well as the suitability of the apartments on the ground floor of the premises belonging to Mrs. Thomas and situated on the main road near Zoar Chapel, and now in the occup a- tion of Mr. Clatworthy, jeweller, they were of opinion that they offered great- er advantages for the purposes of the institution than premises belonging to I Mr. Dd. Thomas, and situated in Cyfyng-road. RIVER STONES FOR DISTRICT ROADS. i It was resolved to proceed with the I acquiring of the premises. The Rev. Evan Davies said he would have thought a suitable committee would have been sought in the first place; it seemed to him like going in for a pig without first having the sty. The Engineer further reported that he had received a communication from the County Surveyor to the effect that the Road Stone Control Committee re- fused to now allocate any metalling for the upkeep of roads in this dis- trict, and that no stone could be for- warded where it involved railway transit. He was therefore endeavour- ing to get stones crushed at Gurnos, and for haulage by steam lorry to cer- tain roads. He was also collecting stones from the river at Pontardawe for patohing places which had been worn down to the foundations. The report was adopted. WAR BONUS FOR OFFICIALS. The Financial Committee met on Jan. 28, when Mr. L. W. Francis pre- sided. The Committee considered the application from Mi&q Jeremy (health visitor) for a war bonus, and recom- mended that she be granted the sum of £ 15 per annum from Feb. 1st. The Committee also considered the application of Mr. J. J. Wadley for an increased war bonus and recommended that his war bonus be increased to 13s. per week from Feb. 1. The Committee considered two ao- counts from Messrs. A. E. Edmunds and M. Morgan, amounting to 21 2s. 8d., and 6s.8d. respectively, for extra ineidental ami travelling expenses aris- ing out of their duties as food inspec- tors under the Council, such expenses being for jousneys made after hours. The Committee recommended that the sum be paid. The Committee recommended that the Council deny all liability in a caae in which the Tawe Valley Gas Co. alleged that the Counoil's workmen had damaged a gas pipe in excavating. Bills and accounts amounting to P,1,975 14s. 8d. were passed for pay- ment. Reverting to the allotment question ACQUIRING THE MOUNTAINS FOR FOOD-GROWING. Mr. Dd. Lewis said he thought the. time had come when they should "go to the mountains" instead of bother- ing about small plots here and there and going to the expense of fencing these plaoes. They should as a Couneil acquire fifty or a hundred acres of mountain at once for the purpose of growing potatoes. They had the power to do so. The Clerk urged tha.t mountain land would take many years of cultivation before being fit for potatoes. Mr. Hy. Thomas said that Mr. Dd. Lewis should know from experience the difficulty of acquiring common land. It was decided to have the sugges- tion of Mr. Dd. Lewis on the agenda for the next meeting. Mr. Wm. Lewis (Brynamman) sug- gested that as a start they should be- gin on the plot near the workhouse.

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