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Heard in the Street.

Llandilo Rural District Council.


Llandilo Rural District Council. The usual meeting of this Council was held at Llandilo, on Saturday, Mr. R. Mathews, Vice-chairman, pre- siding in the absence of Mr. W. E. Richards, J. P. PLASHING THE HEDGES. I The question of plashing the hedges was raised, and the Surveyor, Mr. W. D. Thomas, stated that in his, area there were 180 miles of road, nine miles to every roadman, and approxi- mately 18 miles of banks for each one. Allowing every one a month to com- plete the work, the total annual ex- penditure would be about £98. Mr. D. Glyn Jenkins said the banks were the property of the landowner, and he questioned whether it was legal for them to spend ratepayers' money in dealing with private pro- perty. He proposed that the roadmen should not do this work, but be em- ployed solely on the road. Mr. J. Richards seconded, agreeing that the banks belonged to the land- owners, and it was not the Council's business to interfere with them at all. If the trash interfered with the traffic of the road, the Council had their remedy. The expense was enormous. I f their men had not got enough work to do without plashing the hedges, with the state of labour to-day, he thought it was the duty of the Council to care- fully consider whether they could do with less men or not. If they had got time to plash other people's banks, it was clear they had not enough work. It was unfair to the ratepayers. Some farmers had large boundaries adjoining the road. His next-door neighbour with quite the same amount of hedge would have to pay for plashing his own banks, while the farmer adjoinntg the road got his done at the ratepayers' expense. Mr. W. Roberts (Llanfynydd) said that in Llanfynydd parish, where the work was not done voluntarily by the farmers, they seemed to have been done each year by the road labourers. The Chairman: I remember we had a farmer here, and he promised to do it. Mr. W. Roberts: He did not do it. Mr. J. L. Wiliams said his reason for supporting the motion was that there were varying customs throughout the district which should be righted. He thought it was a mistake for the road- men to understand that they have to plash hedges which belong to the famers. The roadmen could remove obstructions, and in that case they clear the ditches and that sort of work. In his district the roadmen never wasted much time in plashing banks. Mr. W. Lewis: What would you have done with the men the last three weeks ? The Chairman: Let them stay at home and not pay them. Mr. W. Lewis: Our man is walk- ing on the road back and forth trying to find something to do. Mr. D. Glyn Jenkins said this had been brought on under the guise of in- sufficient labour. If these people offered to pay these men for doing the work, it would be another matter altogether. Did they intend to have the workmen plashing the banks at the expense of the ratepayers? Mr. J. Richards: Yes. Mr. Glyn Jenkins: It is wrong then. Mr. D. Davies: Can you compel them to do It? Mr. Jacob Davies: They tried it in Carmarthen and failed. Mr. Evan Davies was against the proposition that things should be done as they are at present. At the same time, he knew, and the Surveyor knows,, that the workmen had been allowed during past years to plash the hedge banks of those people that were obstinate and absolutely refused to do it, while the people who were obedient had to do the work themselves. Mr. J. L. Williams said in some districts the roadmen cleared the ditches, and the farmers were glad to gather the refuse to their fields. In other districts where the roadmen did it, the farmers left the refuse there until they were paid for removing it, and it was good soil worth removing. Mr. W. Lewis proposed an amend- ment that the roadmen plash the banks. -r'1 /0'1. T 1 he Chairman: You can t do that any more than you can ask them to set my garden. If it was done everywhere, it can't be done legally. You can allow it to be done if you like. The Chairman said the Clerk had told them any number of times what the position is. They could compel the landowner to keep his hedges and banks in order where they are detri- mental to the road, or caused an obstruction. Mr. Evan Davies: The position is this. The roadman clears the roadside ditch, and the briars came out of the hedge, and they were an obstruction to the water, but the fanner refused to clear it. In that case the roadman should do it at the farmer's expense. The Chairman: That is it. Mr. Evan Davies said that in Llan- fynydd parish some farmers had the work done by the roadmen continually, while others were doing it themselves. In the future, if the roadmen are allowed to do the work, they should be paid for it, the Council charging the farmer for it. Mr. Jacob Davies said it would save much bother if they had a test case. Ultimately, on the motion of Mr. W. Williams, seconded by Mr. J. Richards, it was resolved that owners and occupiers of hedges and banks ad- joining the Council' s highways be compelled to trim and plash the same, so as to keep them in such a state as not to be detrimentai to the highway. The Surveyor was instructed to give notice to the owners and occupiers, and a month hence produce a list of defaulters. BETTWS WATER SUPPLY. I The Clerk to the Urban Council of Ammanford wrote forwarding a copy of resolution passed by his Council in reference to Bettws water supply, to the effect that if this Council pro- ceeded any further with the scheme, Ammanford Council would petition the Local Government Board in regard to the matter. The Chairman said they had had the matter before the Sanitary Com- mittee that morning, and they came to the decision that the Ammanford Urban Council couldn't supply Bettws with water. The Clerk: Whether they can or I not, how can they interfere with Bettws? The Chairman: The second thing is that water is very much needed in Bettws, especially if the summer is hot; and the third is the expense is very trifling. For the next ten, fifteen or twenty years they will not be in a I position to give these people water. They wiH have to remove their tank. Mr. W. Williams: Is it necessary to send a reply ? I don't think so. They simply send the letter for our information. The Clerk: I don't think it is. What right has Ammanford to tell us we must not supply our own district with water? Mr. Glyn Jenkins: Only the other day they told us if we didn't find means to supply Bettws with water they would take steps to see they were supplied. Now that we take steps, they send us a letter we must not supply them. (Laughter). Mr. J. L. Williams: They are not consistent. The Chairman: They are like their water, not consistent. The letter was laid on the table. WASTAGE OF WATER. II Some discussion ensued in regard to the wastage of water at Blaenau and Park Collieries, and the Company's reply was received. There was a complaint from Llandebie as to the state of Margaret Road owing to waste water. The Sanitary Surveyor said he had been over Penybank and Llandebie, and there was a great number of public standpipes, and private taps were run- ning full bore. He got a list of nine taps, and he sent it to the caretaker, Mr. Wm. Johns. He knew the latter had been in the district to repair them, but he was afraid it was only tem- porary work at present. There was something wrong inside the taps. He managed to stop them for the time, but the previous day they were running again. Mr. W. Williams said the taps at Llandebie didn't affect Penygroes, but those at Saron and Penybank did. Nearly the whole of last month, ever since the beginning of the frost, they had been without water, and were suffering very great inconvenience in- deed. They couldn't- complain. be- cause nothing could be done, and Mr. John was doing his best. The subject dropped. CARMARTHEN COMPLAINT. I Referring at the Carmarthen District Council meeting, on Saturday, to a resolution from a ratepayers' meeting at Gorslas asking that immediate steps be taken to secure a regular and adequate supply of water for the c'is- trict, Mr. D. W. Stephens said the matter was urgent. It was hard they should be without a drop of water in the place. He moved that the Llan- dilo District Council, who were respon- sible under an agreement, be called upon to provide an adequate supply. "The water. is going to collieries In the Llandebie district," he added. Mr. W. Brazell: It has been said that our agreement with Llandilo is not worth the paper that it is written upon. The Chairman (Mr. J. W. Lewis): The agreement is good enough. (Hear, hear) A sub-committee was asked to report.

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