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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTYI COUNCIL.

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY I COUNCIL. THE QUARTERLY MEETING. The quarterly meeting of the Pembrokeshire County Counoil was held on Tuesday at the Shire Hall, Haverfordwest. Present :-Dr. Griffith (ohair- man), Mr G. P. Brewer (vice-chairman), Aldermen C. F. Egerton Allen, W. Gibbs, N. A. Rooh, Lord Kensington, W. Evans, Col. Ivor Philipps, M.P., J. Whieher, A. J. White; Councillors W. J. Canton, R. Cole, D. Davies, W. T. Davies, J. M. Evans, W. Grieve, Rev Wm. Griffith, James Harries, Dr. Havard, E. H. James, T. Llewellin, Cql. Mirehouse, W. Palmer Morgan, Lort Phillips, Rev. James Phillips, Rev W. Powell, B. Rees, Isaiah Reynolds, Sir Owen Scourfield, C. W. R. Stokes, W. Howell Walters, Major O. H. S. Williams, W. L. Williams, T. E. Thomas, J. George, Dr. Williams (Drim), and John Thomas. CONDOLENCE. The Chairman said before commencing business he had a resolution to move, and this was to express the sympathy of the members of the council with our beloved King and Queen in the bereavement they had sustained. The resolution was agreed to by the members standing. GENERAL PURPOSES. The Vice-chairman brought up the report of the Publio Works and General Purposes Committee. This inoluded the following report of the Surveyor upon the possibility of providing extra storage ac- commodation at the Shire Hall, and also the altera- tions tequired to make the Old Police Station at Narberth into a private residence. From the accompanying plans it will be found that provision can be made in the under roof space, above a portion of the Clerk's room, for a storage room of about 200 superficial feet (18ft by lift). Access to the room to be obtained by means of a cir- cular iron staircase, placed in the ante-room adjoin- ing the Clerks' room; adequate lighting would be provided by the insertion of t,wo skylights. I am of opinion that the Old Police Station, Nar. berth, may be converted without any great expense into a convenient and commodious private dwelling house by converting one of the former cells into a scullery, by the insertion of a new window and the fixing of a boiler. The second cell may be utilised as a larder or storeroom if a larger window were built in. The old oell doors should I think be re- placed with ordinary ones. The accommodation provided would then be a living room, parlour, scullery and larder on the ground floor, and four bedrooms on the first floor together with the usual out-offices. The new Police Station, Nar berth, has now been taken over by the Chief Constable, and fires are kept lighted therein, previous to occupation by the resi- dent sergeant. FINANCIAL. Mr N. A. Roch brought up the report of the Finanoe Committee, which contained recommenda- tions that the amount standing to the oredit of the General County Aooount for Education be trans- ferred to the oredit of the Education Committee that the sum of 1238 4s Id be transferred from the General County Aooount to the Superannuation Account; and reoommending payment of the pen- sions, salaries and other items, amounting to £8,766 118 9d. Mr Egerton Allen raised an objection to the amount being spent by the Education Committee on higher education. He also objected to the proposal to compensate Mr Baatlake, late school attendance offioer to the Tenby corpora tion, on the ground that they had no authority to grant superannuation to any officer employed by a corporation when the duties of his office were transferred to that counoil. Mr Eastlake was appointed yearly, from Nov. 9th to the following Nov. 9th, and was, therefore, never en- titled to more than a year's salary, and when be ceased his duties on the 24th of September, 1904, he was only entitled to six weeks' salary, at 10s per week. The proposal, therefore, to grant him a pen- sion for the rest of his natural life of J21 12s 6d had no justification whatever, and he was sure when the matter came before the auditor he would want some proof of that justification. The difference between a corporation and a union official was a very import- ant and real one. The Rev. James Phillips said the matters raised by Mr. Allen had been carefully considered by the Education Committee, and he protested against details the committee had settled being brought up there again for discussion. If that conrse was pur- sued, they would never get to the end of their business. A short discussion followed in which Mr. Palmer Morgan, Mr. Brewer, and Col. Ivor Philipps took part, but, eventually, the recommendations of the oommittee were adopted. A further recommendation of the Finanoe Com- mittee was agreed to, granting £4,000 to the Education Committee for repairs required for Council Schools. ARBITRATION. The Chairman said the arbitration proposed bythe Local Government Board some time ago with respeot to the Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum was now in hand, and he hoped that day three months to be able to give the ficding of the arbitrator. EDUCATION REPRESENTATION. The Chairman brought forward the report of the Selection Committee reoommending that the Rev. W. Powell, Neyland^e elected on the Education Committee in place of Mr. Egerton Allen, who had resigned. He was glad to be able to make that re-' commendation, because Neyland was an important distriot, containing many sohools and hitherto it had been unrepresented. He was sorry the Education Committee was losing the services of Mr. Allen, and glad that it was securing so good a member, as he felt sure Mr. Powell would prove himself to be. Mr. G. P. Brewer objected to the phrase used by the Chairman, that the Neyland distriot had been unrepresented on the Education Committee. That parochial idea, that eaoh member represented a certain small area, was foreign to the intentions of the Act. Each member of the Education Committee represented the whole county—(hear, hear)—and in that way eaoh one had represented Neyland. Every portion of the county, he hoped, was treated alike. He was pleased to second the nomination of Mr. Powell to fill Mr. Egerton Allen's place on the Education Committee, and he believed that Mr. Powell would endeavour to represent the whole county. The Chairman said while he agreed with Mr. Brewer that eaoh member ought to represent the whole county, yet it would be a sad thing were all the members chosen say from Hayerrordwe,st or Milford. He did not consider it fair that Neyland, with all its schools, should have been unrepresented, while a place such aslNarberth had two representa- tives. The recommendation of the committee was then approved, and the Rev. B. Powell elected a member of the Education Committee. CONTAGIOUS DISEASES. Mr. T. Llewellin (Haythog), brought up the re- port of the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Commit- tee. The Vew^ary Inspector (Mr. David Evans, Oid Brnige Hu.orfordsust), reported that to his knowledge there had been no outbreak of oontagioui diseases among a niroa's during the last, three tnonUis. The committee recommended the payment to Mr. Evans of 241 193 61 for inspection up to DeMmber 26 last. Mr. D. Da.vies asked, seeing they bad had no con- tagious disease in the oounty during the last three months, how it was that they had to obtain a certifi- oate before they could send stock into another district also free from disease ? Mr. N. A. Roch wished to know why they should keep on the expense of paying an Inspector when there was no disease to inspect. He was appointed chiefly to look after the animals coming from Ireland, but they were inspeoted by the Goverr.ment Inspec- tor before they left Ireland, and he saw no need for another inspection on this side. He and others bad for some time been anxious to get rid of this expense. Mr. T. Llewellin said that matter had been before the committee over and over again, and it had always been pointed out that an Inspector was kept to keep the county free from disease, and so long as he succeeded in doing that he was earning his salary. Mr. W. L. Williams-What is his fixed salary ? Mr. Llewellin-F,10 per annum. The Clerk—We give him a retaining fee of £10, and he has certain fees for inspectioa. Mr. D. Davies said he Iknew of oases where cattle were landed from Ireland, and were driven to the first station outside the oounty, and then brought baok by train into Pembrokeshire, and in that way they avoided an inspection fee. He moved that the report of the oommittee be referred baok. Mr. W. T. Davies saw no reason why it should be referred back. The matter had been fully discussed at the committee, and they had come to a decision. The recommendations were confirmed. DR. HENRY OWEN'S LIBRARY. The Chairman reported that the committee ap- pointed to deal with the matter of Dr. Henry Owen's offer of the Poyston Library to the oounty said they could not advise the Counoil that they bad any statutory power to give financial annual aid to- wards the establishment of a oounty library but they recommended that the matter be further considered, and to that end recommended that the oommittee should be re-appointed, and be given power to con- fer with the Haverfordwest Corporation, the Mem- bers of Parliament, or any other body of gentlemen who could aid in the matter. He moved that the recommendation be complied with. ¡ This was seconded by Mr T. Llewellin, and agreed to. URBAN POWERS FOR FISHGUARD. The Chairman said the Lonal Government Acts Committee bsd taltpv • • \nl decided to reoommena Uin. ul ::r:'l powers be given to Fish- guard. They had in their Scheme defined the areas, and that had been approved by the Parish Council, and by the Fisnguard people. Practically, the whole thing was now settled. Mr Brewer-Then the whole thing is settled ? The Clerk said the Order was now perfected, but it had to be advertised for a certain length of time in the papers. The Scheme was approved, on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Brewer. SUPPLEMENTARY. On the motionof the Chairman, seconded by Mr. E. H. James, the Council voted the sum of 1100 for repairs to Milford Haven Police Station; f,850 for the provision of a look-up at Hakin, and jE500 for the Fishguard school. COUNTRY BRIDGES. The chairman said Mr A. McColl, who was unable to attend owing to a severe illness, had given notice of motion to the following effeot-H That the oare of the County bridges be re-instated in the Public Works Committee." They would all deeply regret the cause of the absenoe of Mr. McColl, and he for- mally moved the resolution in his name. The mat" ter had been fully discussed at a meeting of the Public Works Committee, and they had come to the conclusion that as the bridges were buildings they ought to be under the authority of the Public Works Committee and further, that as a number of these bridges were over rural roads they could be transfer- red without interfering with the main roads and in the third place when they required repairs the work would probably be done by contractors employed by the Publio Works Committee. It was better, there- fore, that the Clire of the bridges should be vested in that body. He moved the resolution. Mr. Grieve seconded. Col. Ivor Philipps hoped the Council would not interfere in the matter. It would only complicate matters6 and lead to an absurd dual control of roads over bridges if they aooepted the resolution. Mr D. Davies asked did the resolution refer to the bridge or to its approaches. Mr Egerton Allen raised a laugh by asking for a definition of a bridge. The Chairman said a bridge" meant one hundred yards on each side of the bridge. Mr E. H. James said that was not the definition now. A bridge did not mean the approaches, but simply the struoture of the bridge. Mr LI. Rees said he was at tne Committee when this matter was discussed, and he knew that Mr MoColl meant the structures only. Mr D. Davies moved as an amendment that the whole matter be deferred until next meeting. Mr Isaiah Reynolds seconded the amendment, and said if they left the matter in abeyance they would find out what the resolution really meant. The amendment was carried. C1LGERRAN RAILWAY STATION ROAD. Mr Jonathan George, in acoordanoe with notice of motion, moved That the road from Cilgerran Railway Station to Glanpwllafon, in the borough of Cardigan, be made a main road." Mr George said he eould assure the Counoil that this was a most im- portant road in the north of the county, and that it was in a very bad state. It had been before the Main Roads Committee, but nothing had been done. ferhaps because it was too far North. (Laughter). t seemed impossible to get anything done in tbe North of the oounty, but if a road in the South needed anything the work was done as once. He hoped the Counoil would accept this small piece of road, and by declaring it a main road that the work needing doing would be put in hand at once. Lord Kensington seconded the resolution. Mr N. A. Roch said the matter had never been before the Main Roads Committee, and be moved an amendment that the matter be referred to them, Mr. W. Howell Walters seconded the amend- ment. Col. Ivor Philipps supported the resolution, and said he had already expressed the opinion in that Counoil that the Northern part <jf the oounty did not I get its fair share of treatment in the main roads. The Chairman said they never had taken over a main road until it had been before the Main Roads Committee, and he advised that that rulo should be adhered to. The amendment, referring the matter to the Main Roads Committee, was passed. This ooncluded the business.

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