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Milford Haven Urban Council.


Milford Haven Urban Council. VISITORS AND A GUIDE BOOK. MILFORD AND COUNTY COUNCIL HEPHESETATIOX. The monthly meeting ol tee Minora Haven oouncu was held on Friday evening, when there were present: Mr W. Hire (chairman). Dr. Griffith, Col. Roberts, Messrs John Reee, C. T. Blethya, G. S. Kelwav, D. G. Jones, J. L1. Davies, T. G. Hancock, and A. S. Chugg. GAS AND WATER WORK. The gas and water works committee reported that on the 28th June last they hud occasion to pay cff the men and stop the work at tho new service reservoir, that since that date they h id obtained the material required and have made arrangements with Messrs Pueips be Owens to complete the bottom of the reservoir, which was all of the concrete woik remai.-iic.g to be finished. The committee recomnieuded that .Messrs R. Laidlaw & Sons tender for the water mains at £ •> IDs til and £ ti 2s lid (is and Gs per ton respectively) be accepted. Mr Kelway asked why Messrs Laidlaw's tender had been accepted in preference to Messrs Jordan?, Ltd., which was Is per ton lower in CGoh ehas. The Chairman replied that, the Council having had woik done by this firm, nrl. the amount concerned being a small one, they thought it advisable to give the tender to the tirm recommended. Mr Hancock asked what arrangements had been made with Messrs Phelps k Owens with regard to the water works. Mr J Ll, Davies explained that Messrs Phelps & Owens consented to employ the necessary labour for the work and to certify their time, and the Council would pay them as before. A couple of masons would be required. Mr Davies added that he was pleased to say that the bottom- laving had been commenced and Mr Owens estimated thxt he would be able to complete the whole thing in ten or twelve days. ALLEGED ILLEGAL CONSUMPTION OF GAS. Mr D. G. Jones referred to the decision of the Council to summon two people in respect of alleged illegal con- Bumption of gas. lie asked whether it was correct that only one person ha 1 been served with a summons. The Clerk replied that Mr Jones was perfectly right. I Further investigation was made into the case, and it was found that the alleged offence took place on January ltith last. Mr R. T. P. Williams, who had the matter in hand, had advised the council that proceedings must be taken within six months. The summons against Mr Martin was therefore barred by statute. Mr Hancock remarked that to only take proceedings against a woman was ¡jot tempering justice with inercy. Tha Chairman said that immediately the matter was reported to the Council they took action. Unfortunately the case against Mr Maltin was barred by the Statute of Limitation, and it was impossible to get over ir. lie failed to see what other course the council could have adopted. Mr Jones asked if the committee were previously of opinion that Mr Martin could be summoned. The Chairman Yes. Dr Giiffith thought that in a case like that, where legal proceedings were to be taken, the council should not ex- press an opinion nnd prejudge the case. The committee's report was then adopted. SANITARY. The sanitary committee reported that they had approved of the sanitary arrangements shewn on the following plans, and recommended their adoption by the Council :-Housc proposed to be built by Mr E. E. Car- ter, Creat Noith Road ditto by Mr E. John, Priory Road ditto by Mr II. Merchant, Priory Road. The committee also recommended that the Inspector be granted a fortnight's leave of absence. THE GAS UNDERTAKING. T e Local Government Board gave notice of au enquiry to be held into the council's application for sanction to borrow £ 711 for the purposes of the gas UU4 dertaking. THE XAYAL BASE. A letter from Mr F. W. Merriman stated that it had been decided not to call a meeting with regard to the question of urging the claims of Milford Haven as a naval base until after the next meetirtg of the County Council. COUNTY COUNCIL REPRESENTATION. In reply to Dr Griffith, the Cleik mentioned that he had received no further reply from the Local Govern- ment Board with regard to the division of MUford Haven, so as to allow for increased county council re- presentation. Dr Grifrith thought (In council should press for au answer, as the matter was very urgent. They were j entitled to three representatives on the county council, and they should certainly have two at an eaily date. He dared say they bad heard of the question of sub- sidies, which had again been brought forward, and at the last meeting of tne Main Roads Committee a deputa- tion wa3 received from the Rural District Council on the subject. He referred to the main road leading from Haverfordwest to Coombs, and said that the great argu- ment all along had been that where there was a railway station a main road should lead to it. (Hear, hear.) If the main roads iu the county were to be increased, he thought Milford had a gool claim to have the road mained from Coombs to the railway station. He should very much like to have another representative from kllilforil on ilie county council, as at present he had to fight their battles single-handed. All through this con- troversy he had never lost sight of the interest due to his constituents. lIe hoped the Milfoid Council would follow Haverfordwest, and send a deputation to the main roads committee. The Chairman The Local (iovernmcnt Board seems to think it most difficult to divide this district. Dr Griffith It seems to me to be the simplest thing possible. P(DLIC IMPROVEMENTS. The highways, lighting and public improvements committee recommended that notices to pave, kerb and channel be served on Messis Griffiths, Osvston & Davies, owners of premises frolltil1[, adjoining or abutting on Hospital Road, and on Mr Tom Barrett in respect of premises fronting, adjoining or abutting on Priory Road, to pave, kerb and channel the same within three months. -;I,io-pted. GUIDE BOOK XEEDED. The Clerk sam he bad received applications for an illustrated guide book from Manchester and Croydon He added that he was continually receiving applications of the s 'rt, and he had nothing to forward in reply in the way of a guide, pointing out the beautics that could be seen from the town and the surrounding neighbourhood. Of course the difficulty was for the council to bear the expense of publishing a guide book without special authority to do so. The Chairman asked the Council if they thought it necessary to publish a guide book for visitors. Mr Kelway You cannot get it without the money. The Chaifman I think there are ways and means of getting over it. I ileP. the Estates Company have com- menced to do up Scotch 1 iy e. On the motion of Mr Keiw?y. seconded by Mr Chugg, the matter was referred to the highways and public improvements committee to bring up a recommendation. THE AGO >MMODATIOX ROADS AGAIN. I Colonel Roberts, in accordance with notice, moved that the council rescind their resolution deciding to have the accommodation roads made up with limestone setts with a channel in the centre. Colonel Roberts said he had reason to believe that some of those who supported the resolution two months ago had now rc-considered the matter and were prepared to retrace their footsteps. The Colonel alluded to the expense of carrying out the recom- mendation and said that one of its effects would be to raiso the rents of the tenants of the houses in these places. [t would therefore place a severe tax on those who had Struggled hard to c-ffect the freehold of their property. Apart from that, however, he felt justified in asking the council to rescind the resolution it only because it was carried by a bare majority and one councillor who supported it then bad since assured him that he would not have done so had he realised the hardships that would have been inflicted upon many people of the town. Dr. Griffith said he had not attended that evening to take up that question, but he would second it for the sake of discussion, as he considered it a matter which should be very seriously considered. He had not seconded the resolution with a view to putting money in his own pocket, or with the object of saving money, as he had very few accommodation roads at the present time, as the majority of them had been sold to numerous people who would be calicd upon to pay. lie quite agreed that the accommodation roads should be put in a better state of repair. In some cases they were very insanitary at the present time, but-atthough he was prepared to admit that Milford had shown a pattern in many respects-ho did not think that in any other town in South Wales would property owners be called upon to bear that expeuse. He reminded the council that they would have to go to very great expense shortly to drain the town, and the drainage would have to be carried through most of the accommodation roads that they were now to improve. The result would be that it would be necessary to replacc them all. If the roads were put in a fair con- dition he thought it would be suiHcient, for the council should have some regard for those who had laid out their money in building or in buying houses. To call upon reopta?to put down limestone setts and afterwards to remove them for purposes of drainage be considered very unjust. Dr. (rriHith also remarked that there were back roads which contained cesspits, and were there with the sanction of the sanitary authority. If the council only requested to have the roads put in a proper sanitary con- dition he did not think anyone would complain of it. Mr Kelway said he had not heard anything from the proposer or seconder of the m ,ti,)!] to justify the rescind- ing of the resolution, which bad been before the council for about two years. The council had had ample time to consider the matter, and he hoped those who voted for the resolution two months ago would support it now and thus show that they really meant what they did. With regard to Dr. Griffith's remarks concerning a possible drainage scheme, only a portiou of the sctts would have to be taken up, and this would equally apply to any other surface which was laid down. No one bad ever suggested j any other satisfaetorv method of dealing with these roads. Colonel Roberts I did so at the last meeting. Mr Kelway You suggested it, but you didn't bear it out how it could be done. You said you thought this and the other, but on enquiry it was found they would be equally as costly as that decided upon and not nearly so durable. Colonel Roberts Not at all. Mr Kelway That is the result of investigations. Mr Hancock We have not yet heard the cost. Mr Ketwjy replied that the cost was h per yard for the whole frontage, which meant 2s for each house on eithsr side. Continuing Mr Kelway said that if the either ai d e. Air Ke!way said that if the resolution was rescinded Colonel Roberts was to propose another, and he noticed that it contained the words That the work be done to the satisfaction of the surveyor." The effect of that would be to give the committee a free hand, and the committee had come to the eoHclusion that the only way to deal with the roads was in the manner proposed, and if Colonel Roberts had found some turn- coats he did not think they were members of the com- naittee. It they gave the committee a free hand, perhaps next year some ot the members would not do anything at all, and theretore a hardship would have been inflicted on those who had this year carried out the improvement and paid for it. Mr Chagg expressed dislike to the term turn-coat." He said 1 e was on the committee and voted for the recommendation, but did not quite understand the mean- ing of the-wbolr, tliitlg. When Col. Coberts afterwards expressed the opinion that they would io some cases have hard rock to deal with, and that would be very expensive, he wondered if they could not devise some other scheme. He believed it was said that macadam would be only about half the price. He asked If it was iutcuded to remove the cesspit*. I DAYLIGHT ROBEERY." I Mr Jones bcleivea it was agreeu that the accommoaa- tion road needed attention, and considering that the highway committee had considered the matter on two occasions, he thought the council must give them credit for having gone so carefully and fully into it. He himself had had to struggle to acquire a freehold, and he would still struggle to pay another £ 2 or £ 3 if it would I.e for the benefit of the health of his wife and children. He was glad to hear from Dr. Giiffith that it would not mean in hi., case ;).1 increased rent. To iucreaso the already exorbitant rents Id a week, or 17s Gel as had been suggested, for a c:tpital expenditure of £2 or £ ■> was to his mind nothing less than daylignt robbery. He ehould certaialy support Mr Kelway.. The Chairman said that although this matter had been before the Council for years, owners of property con- cerned had done nothing, but had left the roads from one eud of the town to the other in a most neglected state. Owners of property did not seem to realise that it was part of their work to do up the roads, and the highway committee had given the matter serious consideration month after month. The decision arrived at was the only one that commanded itself to them, but he thought it would be only fair it the council offered to do the work at so much per home or yard. If there were people who could not afford to pay the E2 or £ 3 at once, no doubt the council would allow them six or nine months in which to do it. He denied that it was intended to injure the workingclasses in any way. Three only voted for the rescinding of the resolution, and the motion was therefore lost.

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