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Pembrokeshire County Council. The usual quartely meeting of the Pembrokeshire County Council was held at the Temperance Hall yester- day, Sir Charles Philipps, Bart., chairman, occupied the chair. The following were in attendance :-Messrs II. Ward, Geo. Thomas, Jas. Thomas, Ll. Gilbert, Stephen Rallen, Dr. Havard, W. Gibbs, C. W. R. Stokes, J. T. Fisher, Captain Gower, Edward Robinson, Sackville Owen, Thomas Brown, R. P. L. Penn, C. H. Yeckerman, G. P. Brewer, N. A. Roch, Col. Saurin, Alderman W. P. Wilson, Howell Walters, Rev. Lewis James, Thomas Llewellin, John Worthington, Jas. Hutchings, C. R. Carrow, Dr. G. Griffith, Charles Mathias, A. W. Massy, Lemuel Jones, J. H. Coram, Alderman M. Owen, Sir O. II. P. Scourfield, Thomas Baker, Owen H. S. Williams, J. F. Lort Phillips, Robert George, E. H. James, W. Wiiliams, J. Howard Griffiths, R. H. Harries, T. G. Thomas, W. G. James, W. Colby, D. Hughes Brown. Mr Wm. Da vies George, clerk, and other officials were 1Il attendance. The minutes having been signed. The Chairman announced that Col. Saurin had taken place of Major Wynne on the Council and had made the usual declaration. CORRESPONDENCE. A letter was read from the Local Government Hoard asking for particulars as to whether any steps had been taken under the- Isolation Hospitals Act, and if so, for! complete information to be furnished as to all steps which had been taken. The Chairman As a matter of fact we have no hospitals in the County under the Act and there is there- to return to make. There was a further letter from the Local Government Board asking whether the washouses or public baths ere let for the purposes of public entertainments or as halls for concerts &c. The Chairman said for the same reason there was no reply to this communication. LIQUOR LAWS. A communication was received from the Clerk of the I)ellbi-h County Council enclosing a resolution passed by that body and asking for the consideration of the by the Pembroke Council. The resolution urged Majesty's Government to take steps to make IjUegal the sale of intoxicating liquor to children under 13 for consumptton off the premises. Rev Mr Lewis James begged to move the adoption of the resolution. There was no doubt that a great deal of lschief was done in that way especially in towns. here was not so much to complain of in the country laceg. He thought it would be a proper thing if the Pembroke County Council approved of such a measure as that indicated in the resolution. Mr R. Ward seconded the resolution. Dr. Griffith pointed out that no notice had been given hf this important question and he thought they should jave time to consider it. He begged to move that the tna.tter be referred to the Committee which undertook all "ork of this kind, namely the Public Works Committee. daughter) Mr Lemuel Jones seconded the amendment. Mr Yorke said he did not think this was a matter which (ftne within the province of the Public Works olnmittee. He thought all that was wanted was time to consider it, and a notice of motion would do that. C The Chairman said it was a usual courtesy between o OUnty Councils to consider matters sent like this from ne to another. The matter was finally allowed to stand over to next Meeting. FINANCIAL. tn. Mi-K'. ? Roch, chairman of the finance committee, ?Ovcd the adoption of the finance report. He said the ?Penditure up to the 31st March, had been ?,000. The r e' 1 9 amounted to £ 318 more than was received during f e previous year, and that was independent of sums ? education, or customs and excise. The amount for t'?tion was £ 1888, being .M8 more than was received a?t year. He moved the adoption of the recommenda- yl0'is of the finance committee which were as foHows :— That a rate of 1 d in the .? be collected by the 27th .?Hary, DQO, being the last instalment of the .?d rate fc)r the current year that the smn of £ 321 7s 7d, bein^ fpe residue of the sum of ?!,838 7s. 7<L, from the Local ?4%a?ioii Customs and Excise grant for the year ending j 8' March, 1899, be transferred from the County account t the credit of the account of the County Governing laody; th,-it the coimiin i ttee recouimeiid 1),iyiiiciit of the <!?'y; that the committee recommend payment of the Pensions, and other payments named therein ""hunting to .?,731 18s. 0 !d. ?ir Walters seconded the motion, which was supported ?4r Alt-,sv, tiid accordingly passed. ^BLIC WORKS THE SHIRE HALL IM- PROVEMENTS. £ lr Carrow, chairman of the Public Works Committee, „ "kitted the report of the committee. tbthe report stated that it had been resolved to publish  Bye-laws relating to the width of wheels of Y ?I'. cles and enforcing the carrying of lights on voh?Ies tv. So that police officers should be appointed to act under Locomotive's Act. It contained a report from the ?stant surveyor (Mr A. H. Thomas) relative to certain ttltlratI-OUs i.n the Shire Hall, and a recommendation that th e Surveyor might make experiments not to exceed X20* An application in reference to Cwmplisgog Bridge preferred to the Council for opinion. Ra- J1' Carro? in proposing the adoption of the report, }? \d ^ith rcgard to the Shire Hall improvements it might }^e Arable to refer it back to the Surveyor for another te more especially as the heating accommodation had ?li?'at been IIllude(I to in the programme. That waH a very itn jportant feature of the matter, and it was very defective. i,v Ith regard to the bye-laws they had a letter from a leman in the east of the county. Mr Robertson North, sir. Mr Carrow All the wise men come from the East, (Lk Ughter). That letter would be read for them. With tts ard to the Shire Hall improvements he said the matter ?'uet ripe yet and the Committee were not able to recommendation about it. He proposed the Monption of the report omitting this. bee r York. said he desired to ask a question which had b?n ? ?ny times asked of him, namely, when the re tious with regard to lights on vehicles would come inf force? He had read through them, but could find 119 as to when they would be enforced. 'rh" Chairman said they were in force at the present ra, ?ent, and it occurred to him as Chairman of the l?0 ?y Council that the best way to publish the fact was to ??tion it here and get it made known all over the ? ?."?y. Any gentleman who took a vehicle out now ?oth,utaIight was subject to a prosecution. He (Sir C}{h' '?8) had given instructions to his carters to put up ligw s for fear he would be the first to be summoned, ?ghter). I)r."i 'tb hoped notices would be posted through the I1nty ■Dr,c,i^e 6hairinaii said the placards would be ready for WI!Jg directly. llalIlth ?egard to the proposed improvements at the Shire s lf Llewellyn Gilbert asked if the £:W already Cl. oned would be laid out in experiments. to jV ??Iters said no money had been spent yet except to t'?ch the wires. The question should be referred b??? surveyor and the Committee for their report. Ii?te ?'?ht tell them that sum of X20 would be totally i]4 .eSuate. The suggestion of curtaining in the Hall \V0 necessitate 400 yards of stuff at 3s a yard. It 7iW i take at least 1100. iiQolber asked if the 120 would be part payment of th e 4100 airman I think not. tt?r Walters said h- thought ?100 would do the whole  M8- Carrow The ?100 does not take into consideration the ^rrangement of the heating apparatus of the  Hall. 4'Wo ? might be some assistance if the surveyor Fiv(i us his views. to ,r Thomas (surveyor) said he thought, perhaps, that it WCJ "111 be better to allow him to make another report to 11 ext Quarterly meeting. (Hear, hear). Q 11 the Proposition of Captain Gower the matter was '?ed back to committee. h THE NEW BYE-LAWS. bsequellt1y, the Clerk read a letter from Messrs it( blnson & Co., Bronchart, relative to the loads allowed tof Certain widths of tires and felloes. The Bye-laws 140,de set forth that tires not less than three inches in t}¡ th, and less than 4? inches should not carry more thi n I ton 15 cwt. in summer or 1 ton 10 cwt. in winter. T? Writer pointed out that such a law was not only bad III "? and would lead to litigation, but that it would Pic, ee a restraint upon trade. Messrs Robinson therefore 4-8ke(I that the law should be altered to 2 tons in winter, 41, (l 2 tons 10 cwt. in summer. M ,r ROhinson, of the hnn in question, said as he was Pro-, I ?N, the Standing Orders from moving an amend- ru,„ to the bye-laws now, he would first move that ,Sta "'Iillg Orders be suspended. Tfi Chairman This is a very serious matter. th),Tr Robinson said there was no doubt whatever that t}?"y?'?w was bad in law and a restraint on trade, and it ??Id lead to endless litigation. 330. he Mayor: These rules have been passed by the Jj0, i of Trade, and have been sanctioned by them. The I)est NN',0LV would be to move in a regular wav, and mean- Wh lle if there was any real grievance they would try to  it dealt with as leniently as possible. I)r. (-' ri?itli hoped that this would not put back the lating of the notices. rehe Chairman: At present these bye-laws are ? br "really Acts of Parliament. They have been passed Vn ile authorities in London and have gone through all do forms so that it would be absolutely impossible to uu- do them without a special resolution which would have to ",) before the Local Government Bocrd, and therefore 1 ilVe no option but to publish theec laws. It is now hr Cll out of our hands. ? ??h Carrow Raid there was no doubt, and the case as it Rt0 J Was an absurdity. Their intention was to have as Rrf Unformity as possible between this county and fC0a ,[^v gan and Carmarthenshire. Unfortunately they t)??ad Cardigan in that respect and he had not heard thz,t ad produced any bad results in that county. He q?? '"? Understood Mr Robinson and he should be glad Pe!r *onally if the matter could be put right. <?'' Robinson: Could not the bye-laws be passed fct to this ? rk4e Chairman said they were already passed. Sti 1 Robinson then moved the suspension of the T?. S Orders and Dr Havard seconded the motion. 'irfhi, e proposal was adopted unanimously. r Yorke then moved the resolution to take the foim ?Petition to the Local Government Board, altering thoRye"laws in the particulars suggested by Messrs llni '•inson &. Co.'s letter. Til-IF3 was passed unanimously. itev. Lewis James hoped it was clearly understood that t, '?t (hù not prevent the Bye-IaFs being put in force. ? he Chairman said he had 110 hesitation in saying they el" the absolute l"'v of the land at the present moment. ? Ir Brewer Are we in order in amending an Act of -"ament. (Laughter). 'r e Chairman It is merely a petition to the Local Q J'ernment Board to alter it 1.1 r Walters suggested that it mi-lit be ts well tO wail  they had all the alterations that would be wanted ? ?0has the bye-laws were published. He was sure tLt-I would have others coming in with objections. It  take the same trouble to alter one as to alter a. So 'en, and it was possible they wotdd be Inclined to alter ^tbers. Tl! e Chairman said in this case there must have been to e Mistake. he matter then dropped. CWMPLISGOG BRIDGE. of \Ptain Gower proposed that the Council grant a sum ?I 8h?,tif tile c?).it ?,f tiiis- Th e Chairman asked if there was a certificate in UCc with the law, showing that it Was a proper t, ge. the law, showing that it was a proper Mr Walters asked if it was built by private subscrip- tion or by money raised from rates ? Captain Gower Money raised from rates. Mr Walters moved that it should be referred to the Public Works Committee. Mr H. Jones seconded Captiwn Gower's motion. He said plans of this bridge had been sent down and on the understanding that the Council would pay the half the District Council went on the work and the bridge has been built. They ought to assist such districts, and they ought to try and make the world better as long as they were here and that was the way to do it-tq make the roads better. A communication was read from the St. Dogmell's Rural District Council, dated 7th April last, referring to their intention to construct this bridge which was over the river at Kilgerran. Mr Yorke said if this bridge was on an important road in the county he would be inclined to vote for it, but from the evidence given it did not appear where it was. Dr Griffith suggested to refer it back to the committee of Public Works. Mr Allen said it was necessary that the certificate should be given in first. Rev Mr Jones said the County Council had been very remiss in its duty in encouraging the building of bridges, and in this respect it was very backward in comparison with Cardigan and Carmarthen. They had only built the Newport bridge since the beginning of this Council. As a general principle they ought to encourage the build- ing of bridges. iii??he Chairman said he was very sorry but the present discussion was premature. The gentlemen who suppor- ted this proposal must first produce the certificate. The matter would be simply postponed till next meeting. He was very sorry he could not put the resolution now. MAIN ROADS COMMITTEE. Mr N. A. Roch moved the adoption of the report of the Main Roads Committee. The report stated that in oon- sequence of representations to Her Majesty's Treasury on the appeal of Mr John Scale, the following additions were recommended to the pensions of the following late surveyors of highways. Mr Scale's attitional pension to 31st March, last £ 16 16s. 3d., Mr W. H. Richards jEll as. 6d., Mr Essex Rees £ 0 16s. 8d., Mr J. C. Davies £ 11 15s. Od. Mr Stokes seconded the proposition which was passed unanimously. LUNATIC ASYLUM. Dr Griffith submitted his report on the Carmarthen Joiut Lunatic Asylum which was adopted unanimously. TECHNICAL EDUCATION. Rev L. James submitted the report of the Technical Education Committee. The report has already been published. Dr Griffith said he understood the intention was to circulate this money, which was raised on the rates, all through the county but Milford had not got any. Through a mistake the letter of their secretary had not been delivered and was returned. They therefore never heard anything of the meeting and knew nothing about the necessity of starting classes. His idea was that a certain sum of money should be given them at first to start classes with. He noticed that Fishguard and St. David's got £ 10 each and that Haverfordwest got £ 80. He did not consider that a fair division. He was going to make an application for some but if lie did not get more than E,10 he would be inclined to hand it back. He said there should not be favour shown towards any district. Mr James: In Cardigan we have the same complaint. Mr Yorke said in Fishguard they were grateful for small mercies. Mr James said he had to defend their Clerk. A letter was addressed by the Secretary, Science and Art Classes, Milford, and it was returned which showed there were no Science and Art Classes in Milford. He did not think Milford could make an application now since the classes should have been started in October. They should make applicatian early next year and the Technical Committee would take it up. There was every desire to deal fairly. The matter then dropped. AMROTH SEA WALL. Mr S. H. Owen moved that a grant of £ 10 be contri- buted by the Council in part-payment of the cost of re- pairing the road and sustaining the sea wall at Amroth. The Xarberth District Council had repaired the damage, at a cost of £."0. It was at the extreme end of the parish of Amroth, and was very little used by the parishioners themselves. The parish consisted chiefly of small agriculturists of a couple acres and a cow, and who were not overburdened with money. Their markets were towards the west. This road was a good deal frequented in the summer by tourists, and when wrecks take place it is the only road for the life-boat to go. Under these circumstances the Narberth District Council asked this Council for a grant of C40 towards the cost of repairing it. The Carmarthenshire road was damaged in the same way, and the County Council gave them substantial help towards it. He thought this was a fair application and hoped the Council would consider it so. Mr James seconded the resolution. He knew the place very well and saw the damage done. It was very dan- gerous to pass there. It appeared to him that the case came properly within the view of the County Council aud also within the section of the Act which provides that the Council may vote special sums for special and excep- tional expenses. There could not have been any doubt that the work was necessary, and there was no danger of creating a precedent. Mr Roach said similar cases to this had occurred at Llaustadwell, Newgale and Dale. They ought to con- sider them on a general principle, and as they had refused in the previous cases he thought this one ought not to be acceded to. Dr. Griffith thought if the County Council had power to contribute to such roads as that at Dale they should do so. The Dale road was in a very dangerous state and might give way at any time. When passing there he it gu i f between always alighted to see if there was not a gulf between him and the other side. It was quite as necessary to contribute towards these roads as to the bridges. Mr Jones suggested to send to the Public Works Com- mittee. Mr Owen: It has already beeu before the Public Works and the Main Roads Committees. Mr Brewer supported the proposal. It was a thing which might occur in any part of the County, and over which they had no control. Mr Vickerman said if they did not do justice to Dale it was no reason why they should not do justice in this case. Mr Griffiths would support the proposal on the under- standing that gentlemen would support a similar application for Newgale. (Laughter). A vote was then taken on the amendment to refer the matter to Committee of Public Works when their voted 15 for and 20 against. The original proposition was carried by 20 to 11.

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