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Llandilo Rural District Council.


Llandilo Rural District Council. Mr. J. Richards, the Chairman, presided I over the monthly meeting of this body, which I was held on Saturday. WATER PIPES EXTENSION. I The Engineer reported "he had prepared a plan of the proposed second line of pipes from the junction at Glynhir to Blaenau Road junction. He prepared a similar plan in 1913. The estimated cost then was 13,000. It would now be double. The matter was referred to the Water Committee. AMMANFORD URBAN EXTENSION. I Mr. D. Thomas, Surveyor to the Amman. I ford Urban Council, submitted a plan of the proposed boundary extension. The new boundary line has been fixed tentatively. The Councils whose interests are affected are Llandilo Rural D'strict Council, in respect of Llandebie Parish and Lower Bettws; Llan- elly Council, in respect of a part of Llanedy; jjprL 4he->ontardaw« Council, in respect of part of Garnswllt. Mr. David Davies said that the end of it would be that they would include all the collieries at Llandebie. Mr. J. Bevan said that one Ammanford gentleman had said that a small extension would not be sufficient to appreciably lower the rates. The intention at Ammanford was to extend as far as they could where it was to their advantage and this Council's dis- advantage. Resolutions had been passed at Penybank and Saron that they should resist to the utmost the inclusion of that part of Llandebie in the scheme. In reply to questions, the Surveyor said it was proposed to take the whole of Lower Bettws. Mr. Bevan said Ammanford was taking a mean advantage. It was evident that what they proposed doing was to take away the industrial portions, from which the greatest benefit was to be derived. If they (Llan- debie) were going to lose such a portion of their property, all public work would stop at once. It was their duty to oppose such a scheme, and he moved accordingly so far as it affected this Council. Mr. W. Williams seconded. Mr. D. Glyn Jenkins seconded, because it affected a portion of Bettws. Exactly the same thing happened in connection with the formation of the Cwmamman urban area. They took away the industrial part of the parish—the most valuable—and left the agri- cultural part to itself. The motion was carried. INCREASE OF SALARIES. I On the recommendation of the Roads Com- mittee, the salary of Mr. Myrddin Griffiths, Surveyor, was advanced by £ 40. A recommendation that the two other Sur- veyors should receive war bonuses according to the recommendation of the Local Govern- ment Board was adjourned so that it might be considered at the next meeting. A similar course was adopted in respect to an application from Dr. W. A. T. Lloyd, Medical Officer of Health, who said he had received no increase since his appointment in f905. THE HOUSING SCHEME. The following resolution was moved by Mr. W .Williams re the housing scheme:— That, in the opinion of this Council, the Government should become entirely respon- sible for all financial deficiencies in the work- ing of the scheme, and that provision be made in. the scheme for occupiers to purchase houses, under the scheme on terms similar to those of the SmaH Dwellings Acquisition Act." Mr. Williams said that since the last meeting of the Council they had taken the Housing Scheme into careful consideration in the parish of Llandebie. It was first of all put before that Parish Council, and as a result a series of public meetings were held throughout the parish. At all these meetings resolution swere passed almost unanimously objecting to the scheme. In one case at Llandebie they decided to adjourn the meet- ing, but he believed the feeling of the meet- ing there was rather against it. The great objection to the scheme was that the Govern- ment made itself responsible for only 75 per cent. of the deficiency in the working of the scheme. The ratepayers .didn't think they should be saddled with the other 25 per cent., especially the section who had gone to the expense of building houses of their own. They had nothing to guide them as to how much this 25 per cent. would come to. If they knew it would not exceed a few pence in the i, the objection would not be so strong. Another objection was as to the re-valuation after seven years. It was pos- sible that the deficiency would be put on the Local Authorities. The strongest objection of all was that there was no provision whereby the occupiers could become owners. They felt that the Government should, like Provi- dence, help those who helped themselves. The ideal and natural was that every man should be lord of his own castle. Another objection was that houses belonging to public badies would attract the most undesirable class of tenants-those who roamed from one place to another—and the lack of responsi- bility by such tenants for the damage or destruction of property. They would not look after them properly. The most objec- tionable feature in thickly populated localities was that where they lived under such schemes the tendency was to draw there the thriftless an most unsettled portion of the people. One of the benefits of the scheme should be- which it did not-to afford security of tenure. There ought to be some limit to the responsibility of Local Authorities in the deficiency, and there should be provisions whereby they might become owners. He was convinced that in the making of thrifty, con- tented citizens the strongest factor was the ownership of their own houses. Feeling that he could become the owner of his dwelling, a careless man often became thrifty. Nothing was so valuable in uplifting a man as to be the owner of a house, with, if possible, a little land attached. A very large number i i lived in their own houses ,n the industrial parts of West Waks, which, on the admis- sion of the Local Government Inspector, was different in this respect to other industrial centres; and if the demand for ownership existed as it did in West Wales, it was only natural that they should expect the Govern- ment to make provisions to suit such districts. If thqy had the assistance of other Councils, he felt that they would succeed in getting these provisions included in the scheme. There was one redeeming feature in the scheme. It gave power to acquire land. The absence of such power in the past had been one of the greatest obstacles to building in the4 localities. The best thing that could possibly happen would be to get leasehold enfranchisement. He held that there would be no scarcity of houses in this country if I people had power to borrow money for the purpose at a moderate rate of* interest. He suggested improving the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, and extending the period of repayment from 30 to 60 years. The 75 per cent. pjgvided under the scheme to meet deficits should be allotted by the Government for that purpose until something of the sort he had indicated was provided. They had a clear mandate from Llandebie Parish to have nothing to do with the scheme. Mr. Gomer Harries seconded. He said there was a cryiag need for houses in Quarter- bach, where 80 per cent. owned- their own houses. They had at present no foundation on which to build houses, and he thought the motion of Mr. Williams should be sent to the Local Government Board. Mr. J. Bevan supported, and endorsed what Mr. Williams had said. The motion was carried. LLANDILO-LAMPETER LIGHT RAIL- WAY. Mr. John Jones brought under consideration the proposed Light Railway from Llandilo to Lampeter, and gave the history of past efforts for its construction. He hoped they would do all they could to get what they could from the Government for its construction, and moved that pressure be brought on the Govern- ment in the matter, and directing their atten- tion to the great need that existed for such mode of transport. Mr. David Thomas seconded, and the motion was carried.

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