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GLYNCORRWG COUNCIL SEVERAL LOCAL MATTERS DISCUSSED. A meeting of the above authority was held on Tuesday evening, under the pre- sidency of Councillor Idris Waters, J.P. (chairman). There were also present Councillors Isaac Davies, Thos, Munroe, .1. Thomas (vice-cliairman), W. Mathias, John Jones (Abergwynii), J. Griffiths, K. Gibb, J. Jones (Glyncorrwg), D. Jenkins. Surveyor's Report. The Surveyor (Mr. W. P. Jones) slated that he had received a letter from Messrs. lveay, of Birmingham, contractors for supplying the steel work of the Argood Bridge, that they cannot complete the work in six weeks owing to the war. They asked for an extension of time to fourteen weeks. The Surveyor reported that he had had an interview with Mr. Lipscomb as to the fencing to be erected on Nanty- ruaid property. Mr. Lipscomb insisted upon a six-ply wire fence being erected on each side of the road and two gates over each side. Correspondence was submit- ted emanating from the clerk to the Council as to an application of Messrs. Underwood for payment of £ 250 on ac- count of the work done in connection with joint sewerage projected by Margam apd Glyncorrwg Councils. The Engineer stated that according to Clause 123 of the specification, work to the value of £ 250 must he accomplished before a certificate was granted. Bat the Margam Council were agreeable to issue a certificate that he (the surveyor) saw no objection to this proposal on the part of this Council, but it must not be allowed to form a pre- cedent. Medical Report. The Medical Officer (Dr. Henry Davies) submitted his report for the mouth of November, in which he stated that owing to the outbreak of contagious and epidemic diseases he had felt it necessary to close the schools. He was pleased to state that the cases were of a mild type. The births registered during the month were giving a birth rate of 42.6 per 1,000; deaths in the same period, 9, giving a mortality rate of 12.1 per 1,000. The Belgian Refugees. The application made on behalf of the Belgian refugees located in the district for revision of rates and charges for gas was favourably considered by the mem- bers of the Council, and the Yice-Chair- man proposed that the concession be gr.inte(I.-Couiicillor John Jones (Glyn- corrwg) moved that the matter be re- ferred to the Finance Committee, and this was agreed to. A Deputation. A deputation on behalf of the. in- habitants of Abercregan attended the meeting to make a request that a bridge i should be erected for the convenience of the inhabitants of the place. It was stated by Mr. John, the spokesman, that the former bridge had been carried away by a storm; also that the lighting of the district should be attended to, and that an improvement should be made on the public road. Owing to lack of bridge provision, the workmen had to go to Cymmer, and then proceed by train to work. There was no way of crossing the river at present. The ratepayers had expressed the opinion that there ought to be a permanent bridge constructed to span the river to the main road and a temporary bridge put up to enable the men to have easv access to their wark. As to the public -liglitin, the lamps were extinguished aN 10 o'clock, but as men proceeded to and from work at various hours it was asked that a few lights should be retained through the night. Finally it was asked that the road im- provement should have attention.—A s hort discussion ensued, and the members approached the various matters in a sym- pathetic spirit, but pointed out that cir- cumstances prevented them making a large outlay.—Councillor Wm. Jenkins moved that the surveyor be directed to prepare an estimate of cost for a tem- porary bridge.—Councillor Mathias se- conded the motion, which was agreed to.- Councillor John Jones (Glyncorrwg) pro- (I Cr l yn(-orrwg ) I)ro- posed that the Cymmer members should consider tho matter of a site.—This was also agreed to.—One of the deputation re- marked that if the provision was made a large number of people would come to live in the district.—The Chairman said that the lights would be provided, as asked for, at once, but the Council were unable to promise the road improvement. Bye-Laws. The Deputy Clerk (Mr. Windsor Wil- liams) said that the Local Government Board had Veen written to in order to obtain model bye-laws, and a reply had been received, that the printers .had been instructed to forward same, hut they had not been rfcfived. County Council's Offer. A letter had been addressed to the County Council asking for a contribution towards the cost of making a culvert, but Mr. T. M. Franklen replied that no con- tribution could be made. but offering a strip of lanfl which might be of service in the work.—The matter was referred to a committee. Proposed Additional Representation. J Another letter was read from Mr. Franklen asking for certain information with respect to a proposal for additional representation on the Council. It was directed that the information should bo given.-Coitneiltor John Jones (Glyn- corrwg) moved that the members for Cymmer and Glyncorrwg should be asked to state the case.—Councillor Isaac Davies: Why should Blae^wynfi be left oll^5 i(- was asrreed that these should be added.—Councillor Wm. Jenkins: Well. i leave it to the whole Council.—This was aarreed ilo Births Act. Councillor Isaac Davies moved that the Council adopt the Notification of Births Act, 1907, throughout its area.— This was agreed to. Notice of Motion. Councillor Mathias gave notice 01 motion to appoint a plumber for each part ot the district to attend to any defects which might arise. He com- plained that much inconvenience had recently arisen which might have had serious results.—The Surveyor explained how the matter had arisen. Train Service. Councillor Gihh drew attention to the train -service, which was causing much public inconvenience.

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