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LEDBURY BOARD OF GUARDIANS.…

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HEALTH REPORT OF THE LEDBURY…

COLWALL PARISH -COUNCIL. 1

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COLWALL PARISH COUNCIL. 1 The monthly meeting of the Colwall Parish Council »HS held at the Workman's Hall, Col wall, i Wednesday night. Mr Fred Ballard (Chairrii ), presided, and also present were Miss Holland, Messrs 0 N Holt-Needham, J Pedlingham, F H Rudgard, G Johns, S W Pugh, A G Allen, R 0 Alien, H E Hanson, W Webb, together with the Clerk (Mr G H T Foster), and the Clerk's Assistant (Mr Thomas). CASUAL VACANCY. I Thert, was a casual vacancy on the Council caused Ly the resignation of Mr G Jenkins, and the Chairman asked for a nomination. Mr J Pedlingham proposed Mr D A G Birchley, and Mr Pugh seconded. Mr R 0 Allen proposed Mr Montagu Taylor, and Miss Holland seconded. On being put to the vote five voted for Mr Birchley, and six for Mr Taylor, who was accordingly declared elected. PRECEPT. I A precept of a penny rate for Library purposeel was issued on the overseers. INCREASE IN THE RATE DUE TO THE I G.W.R. RE-ASSESSMENT. The Clerk reported that the overseers had met to fix the rate for the next half-year, and as they doubtless knew there was a considerable increase in the rate caused by the reduction in the assessment of the G. W.R. It was a complicated matter. The difference between the present assessable value of the G. W. R. and the late assessable value was £ 1,644. That meant that they had obtained a reduction to that amount, and for the past four half-years they had paid their rates on the old assessment. Therefore they now claimed from the overseers of Colwall the sum of B850 8s 8d which the overseers would have to repay to the G. W.R., this being the difference in the rate on the old assessable value and the new assessment as agreed upon. The reason why the repayment was necessary for the last four half-years was that that was the date when they first appealed against the assessment. A rate of 2s 9d in the S last half-year brought in £815, but owing to the decrease in the rateable value caused by the reduction of the G. W.R. assessment it would only produce about £600 this half-year. To meet the extra call upon them it would' be necessary to make a rate of 3s Id in the £ for the present half-year. Regard- ing the amount they had to refund to the G.W.R. the parish was entitled to a rebate of 9140 8s 6d, which they had overpaid to the common fund of the Union, and that amount had been credited to them in the precept which had been served on the overseers. They also were credited with 921 on the highway call, and the two together amounted to about a 3d rate, and but for that the rate would have had to be increased at least 6d. Then they had to contribute a very considerable sum to the county rate, which was included in the poor rate. The county had their own assessment, and they levied on the county rate basis, which was totally outside their own assessment for poor rate pur- poses. It was suggested that the overseers of the various parishes through which the railway ran, about ten in number, should make applica- tion to the county authority for a return of the extra amount which the parishes had paid in respect of the county precept. That the over- seers had done, and the Colwall clnim on the county was for £ 318 10s 61. He did not think there was a chance of the parish getting that amount, as it was in respect of the past four haif-years, and he did not think the county had any authority to do that. He had a letter from the Clerk to the County Council, in which he appears to favourably consider the idea of a rebate beyond the current half-year. The over- seers had looked after the interests of the parish and done what they could as far as they had power. A rate of 3s Id in the £ had accordingly been levied, which the ratepayers would have in due course and what he had said explained what many people would want to know, the reason for the increase in the rate. In the future it would affect the rate because they had a lower assessment on the parish, and the rate must increase to make up the deficiency in the reduction of the G. W.R. assessment, and they would be affected in the common fund charges. The Chairman Yes, it affects us all round. Miss Holland: Are we paying the whole of the rebate ? rhe Clerk Yes, we are paying for the four half-years. They have been paying on their old assessment from the time of their appeal, and they claim it back from the parish. Miss Holland And after this is pai i back shall we still have to pay an additional rate ? The Clerk Yes, we worked it out thoroughly. Mr Pugh And we get back what Ledbury has received, but it is doubtful if we shall get what Hereford has received. The Clerk Yes, it may come off. After a further short discussion the matter closed after the Chairman had expressed the thanks of the Council to the Clerk for his statement.

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LEDBURY RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.

Parochial Committee. I

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