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PEMBROKE COUN1 Y MAIN ROADS. ALTERNATIVE SCHEMES. Alternative schemes for dealing with the main roads of the county will be brought before the County Council next Tuesday. Copies have been supplied to each of the members, and we append them:- PROPOSED BY COL. IVOR PHILIPPS. Subsidies to be continued as at present, provided the Urban District Council agree to accept these conditions, subsidies to be cal- culated on the rateable value, the payment to Haverfordwest Borough Council being taken as the basis for calculation. 1. Subsidies to Rural District Councils to cease after this year, that is, no subsidies to be paid after those due on the 31st March, 1908. 2. The mileage of main roads in the county to be gradually increased in rural districts until each rural district has the same proportion of mileage of main road compared with its rate- able value. It is suggested that there shall be one mile of main road for every iEl,800 of rateable value. 3. The new or additional main roads to be selected by the Rural District Councils in con- sultation with the County Council. The new roads should as far as possible link up present main roads, and should be the main thorough- fare in the county. The Rural District Coun- cils to apply to the County Council for these selected highways to be made main roads, in accordance with the Local Government Act, 1888. 4. As soon as these highways have been placed in proper repair and condition, they will be taken over under Sec. 11 (7) L.G.A. 1888, and maintained by the County Council. Until they are in a condition to be taken over they must, of course, be maintained by the District Councils, as at present. 5. To assist the Rural District Councils in placing these highways in a condition to be taken over by the County Council, a grant to be made to them by the County Council for the improvement (not the maintenance) of these roads under Sec. 11 (10) L.G.A. 1888. 6. These grants to be calculated as follows:— For each mile of main road deficient in any rural district in any year the sum of ZlzO shall be paid to the District Council. This money to be expended by the District Councils under the general supervision of the county surveyor. in widening, strengthening, and improving the highways so that they may be made in a fit condition to be taken over by the main roads. The money to be expended on the road mile by mile so as to place at least a portion of the road in good order each year. As soon as each portion is placed in good order it shall be taken over by the County Council. The Dis- trict Council shall decide which portion of the highways shall first be improved, but it is obviously desirable that the portion nearest an existing main road shall bo first improved. 7. It will be to the interest of the Rural District Councils to hasten forward the im- provement of these roads so that they may the sooner be taken over by the County Council. For this purpose it is suggested they should help out the County Council grant by means of special grants from the District Councils and by local subscriptions. 8. The advantages claimed for the scheme are that all the present inequalities will gradu- ally be adjusted, and in a few years all Rural District Councils will be placed on an equal footing, each having its proper proportion of main roads. 9. (Here follows a table showing how the pro- posal will work out.) 10.—The cost of the scheme, as regards rural districts during 1908, would be Z7,043, as fol- lows :— 116 miles, at £48 per mile £5,568 0 0 Grant of £20 per mile on 74 miles 1,480 0 0 E7,048 0 0 11. The cost would gradually work up to L9,120, as the new main roads were taken over by the county, as follows:— 190 miles, at £48 per mile £ 9,120 0 0 (Signed) IVOR P. PHILIPPS. Cosheftgn Hall, Pembroke, 3rd pecember, 1907. PROPOSED BY MR. W. PALMER MORGAN. 1. That each rural district shall be appor- tioned one mile of main road for every £ 1.000 assessable value, subject to alterations, as pro- vided under clauses 2 and 3 of this scheme. 2. That the mileage in each rural district shall be increased or reduced, according to the average amount expended per mile on the main roads for the last three years, as COlll- pared with the average amount expended per mile for the last three years on the Narberth district main roads, viz., JS31 18s. 2d. 3. That the mileage of main roads each rural district shall receive shall be the mean of the above two figures under clauses 1 and 2, Nar- berth under clause 1 at its present assessable value shall receive 50 miles, and shall be the basis for calculation under clause 2 for other districts. 4. That each Rural District Council shall put the intended new main roads in a proper state of repair and width before they are taken over by the County Council, and they (the District Councils) shall select the roads they desire to be taken over by the County Council. 5. The Urban District Councils shall receive subsidies and maintain their own highways. and that each other Urban or Borough Council shall receive a provisional amount according to its assessable value. 6. That the annual amount of subsidy each Urban District or Borough Council shall re- ceive shall be 2 per cent. of its assessable value. 7. That all the figures and calculations under this scheme shall be based on the new assess- ment of the county for county rate purposes when completed. Yours faithfully, (Signed) W. PALMER MORGAN. Narberth, October 29th, 1907. SUGGESTED OPPOSITION BY URBAN AUTHORITIES. At the meeting of the Haverfordwest Town Council on Tuesday night a letter was read from Mr. R. D. Lowless, Town Clerk of Pem-' broke, to the effect that he understood the Main Roads Committee were considering a new scheme of dealing with the main roads of the county, and asking if the Haverfordwest Coun- cil was satisfied with the scheme? His council was of opinion that urban districts were not fairly dealt with, and believed it would be well if the urban districts were to take united action. Mr. Isaiah Reynolds said there was a County Council meeting next Tuesday, and he was afraid one of the two schemes would pass, unless they should happen to be referred back again; therefore, if the urban councils were to take action it should be done at once. So far as Haverfordwest was concerned, Col. Ivor Philipps' scheme was very unfair. It took as Philipps' scheme was very unfair. It took as the basis £ 375 as being paid to Haverfordwest, whereas for the last three or four years they had received about £ 450. Taking Haverford- west as the basis, they would receive zC375 and no more. That was very unfair, and they ought to protest against it most strongly. He saw no reason why the rural districts should benefit at the expense of the urban areas. Of course, in tHe case of Haverfordwest they need not accept the iE375, but they could charge the actual cost of the roads as formerly, so that Haverfordwest would not suffer so much as some other towns. If they were to oppose the schemes they ought to take steps at once. Ex. cept for this unfairness to the urban districts he approved of Col. Ivor Philipps' scheme. As for Mr. Palmer Morgan's scheme, that did not differ greatly, except, perhaps, that he proposed to benefit Narberth more. (A laugh.) The Town Clerk said it was not certain that the rival schemes would come before the County Council next Tuesday. Mr. Reynolds said all he knew was that copies of the schemes had been sent out to the members of the County Council. The Town Clerk said he wrote the Main Roads Committee with regard to the reports of the road from Dirty Bridge to Swan Square, and he received a formal reply to the -effect that it had come before the committee, and was ordered to stand over with other applica- tions—including one from Milford-as a sub- committee had under consideration the pre- paration of a scheme for dealing with the main roads of the county. He did not think that the sub-committee had sat yet. Mr. Reynolds said if this scheme should get through it would affect Haverfordwest about L100 a year, equal almost to a 2d. rate. The Town Clerk said of course they could claim what their main roads cost-there was no doubt about that, whatever the County Council might do. After some further discussion a sub-commit- tee consisting of the Mayor, Alderman T. Lewis James, and Messrs. Isaiah Reynolds, and Hugh J. P. Thomas, was appointed to take the necessary steps to protect the interests of the urban areas.




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