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IPIT DISASTER.

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ISANDS FOOTBRIDGE. !

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I SANDS FOOTBRIDGE. I PROBABLY NOT READY THIS I YEAR. A special meeting of the Swansea Parks Committee was heid on Friday, Mr. J. H. Lee in the chair, to further consider the i ?uestion of the proposed Sands footbride. It will be recaH'ed that at the last m&eting it transpired that the lowest tender was about £ 1,000 in excess of the engineer's esti- mate, and Mr. Howard Humphreys (the engineer) was requested to report further. ¡I He now submitted his report, and in it he said he did not hesitate to say that the specification was in no way ambiguous, Tabulated prices are given, and the en- gineer suggests that the contractors, who fad- put in pÓces. were NOT ACCUSTOMED TO THE CLASS OF WORK in question. He further suggests re-adver- ttsement, and in case of doing this in either contract (masonry and steelwork), he thinks that the committee might do well to ex- tend the time both for the tendering and lor the execution of the work. It was pos- sible that the seven months' limit was too short as girder yards were still fairlv busy, and masonry contractors would naturally feai the next two months so far as work on the foreshore is concerned. "The seven months' limit," said Mr. Humphreys, "was originally fixed with the object of obtain- ing the use of the bridge next August Bank Holiday, although it might not be com- pletely finished, but in order to do this, it would be necessary for the masonry con- tractor to build his piers up to girder bed level within the next four months—a serious undertaking, ae I have already pointed out. 1 am sure, therefore, that vo'u will ba? wiae ? to extend the time from seven months to nine months. 'GeMra!]y -Jn pricing this work for the ?_mat? (?,500 for construction apart from fees), I gave what I considered reason. sJe hgures throughout, for' I had regard to the fact that 1. Markets were falling, and 2. Everv material required (cement, sand, ballast stone, and steel) could be pro- cured locally, or at any rate within a short distance of Swansea. After again going over my figures, I still think that they should prove to be suffi- cMM!t to allow of good work being done at a fair margin of profit." In reply to the ?Iavor (AM. Corker) the Chairman sajd that he nnderstod there wera two local tenderers. The Chairman detailed the course of the scheme which began so far back a-s 1912- He said thev engineer now engaged' was the very beet they could get and he had de- signed one of the best structures possible. To-day it was a question whether a tender should be accepted or whether they should ri: advertise. It appeared they WOULD NOT NOW GET THE BRIDGE I UP by the August Bank Holiday and in that caae there was no need to rush the work. On the motion of Mr. David Griffiths it was resolved to adopt Mr. Humphreys' re- commendation that certain tenderers for masonry work be asked to revise apparent discrepancies in their figures, and on the motion of Mr. Holmes it was further agreed that Mr. Humphreys be asked to point out ar-othe,r apparent. discrepancy in a contract for the steel work and to report again. It was agreed not, to change the time- limit till the report, had been received from the contractors, inasmuch as the whole thring might have to be re-advertised. Mr. Holmes What guarantee have we for the efficiency of the bridge? The Chairman explained that the bridge would have to meet with the approval of the engineer. It was in his hands entirely.

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