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LLANGOLLEN URBAN COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of this authority was held in the Council Chamber, at the Town Hall, on Wednesday night, when there were present: Mr. J. O. Davies (in the chair), Mr. W. P. Williams, Mr. J. H. Davies, Mr. A. Lettsome, Mr. T. C. Davies, Mr. C. W. Richards, Mr. A. Edwards and Mr. H. Birch, with the Surveyor (Mr. J. W. Hughes) and the Clerk (Mr. E. Foulkea-J ones). FINANCE. I lfie minutes of the Jbmance Committee were read and adopted. From these it appears that the poor rates payable by the Council amount to 110 12s. Id. The total amount of the new rate collected to date is £42 9s, 2d. Balance due to treasurer is £ 232.—A list of irrecoverable rates was presented and these amount to £ 134,—Mr. C. W. Richards pointed out that the amount of the irrecoverable rates was equal to a three- halfpenny district rate.—Mr. H. Birch said that the sum in question was largely in- creased owing to the number of empty pro- perties and it was scarcely right to use the term U irrecoverable rates."—Mr. C.W. Richards It comes to the same thing. We could lower the rates lid. in the & if it were to be collected.— Mr. A. Lettsome said the lists had been very carefully gone through. It was quite true the amount owing was mostly in respect of empty i houses.—The Chairman Let us hope that, next I year, things will be better. (Hear, hear). LAMB AND VEAL. I Mr. J. H. Davies moved that, when writing to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Clerk should convey it as a recommendation from the Council to the Board that they adopt bye-laws to prevent the killing of calves. In his opinion it was very important that this should be done in order to prevent any shortage of meat in the country and, if it had been adopted earlier, things might be better.—Mr. C. W. Richards said be thought the recommendation should also be ex- tended to lambs; and Mr. J. H. Davies said he had no objection to including lambs in his motion which, with this alteration, was then carried nem. eon. TOWN SCAVENGING LANDLORDS' RESPONSIBILITES. I A communication was received from the Local Government-Board in regard to town scavenging in which the Central Authority express the hope that the Council will take into consideration at an early date whether the arrangements for storing and collecting rubbish in the district are adequate and make any alterations that may be necessary in view of the possible increased population by billeting troops, etc. The Sanitary Authority, it was pointed out, should do all in its power to prevent the accumulations of refuse neardwallings, and covered bins and carts should be insisted upon where possible, and the tips should be as remote as practicable from dwellings.—Mr. H. Birch said he thought all this was carried out with the exception of covered bins and Mr. C. W. Richards thought it might be a suggestion to occupiers to freely sprinkle their dust bins with lime after they were emptied.-The Surveyor said that in many cases the dust bins were dila- pidated boxes and this would hardly be practi- cable.—Mr. Birch said it was for the landlord to supply suitable and efficient dustbins and the suggestion was made that they should be corru- gated iron receptacles.—Mr. A. Lettsome thought the point should be clearly understood in the town that it was the duty of landlords to provide the bins. lie did not think this was generally understood.—After some further discussion the matter was referred to the Health Committee for full consideration and report. USE OF THE TOWN HALL. I A communication was received from the Town Advertising Committee intimating that next month they propose holding a concert in aid of the funds, and asking for the use of the Town Hall free for the purpose —Mr. A. Edwards said he quite agreed with the Committee having the use of the Town Hall free upon their complying with conditions laid down in a resolution on the minutes of the Council as to payment for the lighting of the Hall.—Mr. J. H. Davies said the case was an exceptional one; the movement was in the best interests of the town and they should have the use of the public building entirely free. —Mr. A. Edwards questioned their right to grant it fre in view of the resolution on the minutes that they should have payment for lights. They bad LO right to go from their resolution.—The Chairman: Surely we have always a right to vary it in exceptional cases.—Mr. J. H. Davies And you must bear in mind it is for the good of the town.-Mr. A. Edwards said that in previous similar applications by the Operatic and Chorel Societi; s they bad decided they must pay for the light, so he could not see why they should differei)tif.te.-Afl,er further conversation it was decided to grant the request for the free use of the Hall, Mr. A. Edwards voting against. Mr. A. Lettsome said they must bear in mind that this was purely a local movement and designed to relieve tbe local rates, and as such they should encourage it. "THE GALLANT FOURTH." I COMING ROUTE MARCH TO LLANGOLLEN. I A deputation, consisting of County Councillor E. R. Parry, J.P., Alderman W. G. Dodd, J.P., and County Councillor Trevor Lloyd Jones, ap. peared before the Council to lay before them facts in regard to the forthcoming route march of the Royal W elsh Fusiliers through Llangollen.— Mr. E. R. Parry, who acted as spokesman, said Mr. Alfred Seymour Jones, of Wrexham, had issued a circular in which it was pointed out that the Army Council and the Local Government Board have sanctioned the grant of 1150 by the Denbighshire Couuty Council towards a County Fund for the special purpose of recruiting in the county for the County Battalion. At the last iaeeticg of the County Council it was agreed that each member should be asked to make himself responsible for collecting further funds within their respective areas. The Committee appointed by the Council to confer with the Commanding Officer have met and decided that a sum ap- proximating X500 would be required to carry inrougn an ettective crusaae. it ia proposed to send 100 men with a band on marches through < ha county to carry out military training and tactics and incidentally to obtain recruits. They will be accompanied by such equipment as is u?ud when campaigning. The march will com- mence on June 7th, when the route will be via Marchwiel to Overton Bridge for lunch, then. on via Ruabon to Cefn Mawr for the night. On June 8th the march will be via Acrefair to Trevor, where one party marches through Garth and the other through Vroncysyllte and back to Trevor for lunch, then on to Llangollen for the night. On June 9th the Company will proceed over to Llansantffrald Glynceiriog, where they stay the night. The detachment will be on the march unt-I June 19th and most parts of the county will be visited. Expenses will be incurred in hire of trkneporr, billeting, maintenance out- side r.itioa allowance, with occasional railway fares. The Commanding Officer and the Com- mittee sincerely hope that the members of the Council in the various areas visited will meet and welcome the officers and men, and do all that lies within their power to make their visit a pleasant recollection, and in obtaining recruits. At Llan- gollen they were asked to take immediate steps to collect as large a subscription list as possible by June 14th. The subscription list will be pub- lished in the Press. The entire fund will be ex- pended in the county, and for the express pur- pose of obtaining recruits from Denbighshire to the County Battalion which has been at the Front since November 5th, and by its heroism in many battles has earned the highest compliments from Field-Marshal Sir John French, and praise from Lord Kitchener, thus covering itself and the county with glory. To-day the Battalion in France is scarcely more than 400 strong, and the gallant war stained sons of Denbighshire look with longing eyes for the promised reinforce- ments in order to bring them once more up to Battalion strength. Let Denbighshire send the message right away: "We are coming! lVlr. Parry said they appealed to the Urban Council to do their utmost to make the march through their district as successful as possible and to give the men a hearty welcome, aud to extend every hospitality to the represeutatives of the battalion that had won undying glory for their county by their heroic actions at the front. They were of opinion that, if the reception assumed an official character, it would be more appreciated, and would have greater weight in assisting the pur- pose the march was designed to further than if it were engineered by private individuals. He also impressed upon the Council the necessity of doing their utmost to assist in collecting subscriptions towards the sum of £500 which it was necessary to raise.—Alderman W. G. Dodd and County Councillor Trevor Lloyd Jones having spoken in support of the movement, Mr. E. R. Parry said that Llangollen should give the Battalion a right royal welcome. Details of the programme to be adopted locally could be published later.—Mr. T. C. Davies moved that the Urban Council extend to the battalion the very heartiest welcome when they visit Llaogollen, and this Mr. J. H. Davies seconded suggesting that acommittee be appoint- ed to confer with the County Councillors for the locality and make arrangements.—It was even- tually decided to adopt this course and to add to the Committee of County and Urban Councillors the Recruiting Committee of the Llangollen dis- trict. This Committee will meet to-day (Friday) and consider the programme of arrangements, which, it is anticipated, will include a public meet- ing or entertainment for the visitors which will be duly announced.—Mr. Birch Of course what- ever we do locally will be in addition to what is done by the General Fund. It was decided to request Mr. R. S. Richards to be treasurer of the fund. PUBLIC RIGHTS AT LLANGOLLEN. I Mr. A. Edwards said he would be glad to know whether anything could be done to ascertain what the rights of the Council precisely are in regard to a footpath up to the summit of Barber's Hill. He said there were several complaints by visitors who had gone up to the top and he knew of one party that had been turned back and told that they were trespassing. He could not say where they were precisely but they told him that they were on the summit of Barber's Hill and that there was a fence which was net very easy to climb. He would like it to be clearly understood if the public had lost their rigats. They were to have a guide bouk published and it appeared to be foolish to describe Barber's Hill as one of the attractions of the town if people were for- bidden to go up.—After some conversation the matter was referred to the Footpaths Committee for consideration and report.—On the initiative of Mr. A. Lettsome, a proposal to place steps down to the river at certain points where children go to play on the rocks, thus preventing damage being done to the banks and trees by their scrambling down,was discussed. The ques- tion of the legal position of the Council in the matter was raised and the question was finally re- ferred to the Footpaths Committee for full con- sideration. THE COUNCIL S WORKMEN. I I There were five applications for the vacant position on the staff of the Council's workmen and Joseph Owen, Hill-street, was appointed.— It was decided that no workman in the employ of the Council shall enter licensed houses during working hours.—The team contractor (Mr; H. Jones) asked that the amount paid him be increas- ed on account of higher wages and the increased cost of living. It was decided to increase the price per day from 7s. to 7s. 6d.—It was reported that an unsigned letter, purporting to come from the workmen, had been received by the Council asking for an increase of wages, and it was decided to inform those who sent it that all applications of the kind, if they are to be favourably con- sidered, must be signed. I I. MISCELLANEOUS. On the motion of Mr. A. Edwards it was decided to have additional seats on the river-side during the Summer months.—Mr. W. P. Williams said he had received a communication intimating that the County Council would commence to tar paint their portion of the roads almost imme- diately.—Mrs. Best wrote thanking the Council for the free use of the Council Chamber for War Comforts Collections during the Winter months and was granted a similar privilege during the Summer.—The Volunteer Training Corps was given permission to use the Town Hall for drills.

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