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HEALTH COMMITTEE MEETING AT CADOXTON-BARRY. ALLEGED GRAVE CONDITION OF THE PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY. The monthly meeting of the Health Committee of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board was held on Friday evening last at the Board's Office, Cadoxton, Dr P. J. O'Donnell presiding over the following attendance :-Messrs J. Robinson, M.Inst.C.E. (chairman of the Board), W. Thomas (Cadoxton), Dr Neale (medical officer), G. F. Willett (clerk's deputy), and A. E. Leyshon (sanitary inspector). MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. Dr Neale submitted his monthly report, which was to the effect that 22 deaths had occurred in the district during the past month, the rate of mortality being 19'6 per 1,000 per annum. The number of births during the same period was 49 (23 males and 26 females), the birth rate being 43'6 per 1,000 per annum. Twenty-five cases of infectious disease had been reported, 22 of which was due to scarlet fever, one each of diphtheria, membraneous croup, and erysipelas,. Two deaths were also due to accident. Dr Neale also reported that the manholes leading from Cole- brook to Palmerstown, the Church to Colebrook, Witchill House to the Cross Elms, Robbin's-lane, back of Regent-street, Lombard-street, Graving- Dock-street, and Glamorgan-street were in a filthy condition, the sewer gas which escaped therefrom rendering the atmosphere exceedingly offensive and dangerous to health, and was fre- quently being complained of by the inhabitants. Dr Neale suggested that they be flushed occa- sionally. Proceeding with the report, he said that matters in connection with the registration of lodging houses and seamen's homes were in a very unsatisfactory state, and asked the com- mittee to give the subject their careful and urgent consideration. There was, he said, only one lodging house registered in the entire dis- trict. Dr Neale explained that Inspector Leyshon had been appointed inspector of lodging houses by the Board, with Police-inspector Rees as deputy. At the present time, however, Inspector Rees had the books, but would not deliver them up, consequently no notices could be given in & proper manner. Dr Neale went on to read the bye laws formed under Section 48 of the Mer- chant Shipping Act relating to the registration of lodging houses and seamen's houses.—The Chairman said these bye-laws had been adopted by the committee, and would come before the Board at their next meeting for confirmation. However, he would suggest that Dr Neale be asked to suggest any alteration necessary by that time.-Agreed to.-In reference to the defective manholes, the question had been referred back to the committee from the Board, and the matter had been placed on the agenda, and would, there- fore, come up for discussion in due course that evening. INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES'-FIEPOKT. The Inspector of Nuisances reported that his assistant (Mr Summerfield) and himself made a house to housa inspection during the month of April, with the following result :-Chureh-road, 22 houses, two nuisances Old Village, Cadoxton, 77 houses, 38 nuisances, but no notices had yet been served in the latter instance, for reasons yet to be explained; Charlotte-street, seven houses, no nuisances Rectory-road, nine houses, ditto Gwendoline-street, 17 houses, one nuisance Jen- ner-street, ten houses, two nuisances; High-street, 67 houses, no nuisances total number of nuisances inspected, 75 notices served, 37; complied with, 31.-The Chairman called attention to certain de- fective drain pipes in the district, and said the supervision of the same bad been very lax, who- ever was to blame.-Dr Neale suggested that the inspector should systematically visit every house in the district and report where the regulations were not duly complied with.—This was agreed to. -The Inspector also called attention to the un- sanitary condition of Cadoxton Old Village, and said he found 17 houses without surface drains, 16 with surface drains running into the brook, one with closet emptying into tb brook, four with cess-pools, 72 with soil pans, and 27 with the privy system. He suggested that to remedy these defects, the pits be made deeper if the drains could not be connected with the main sewer. A long discussion ensued on the matter, and Mr W. Thomas proposed that in all cases where the drains of closets could be con- nected with the main sewer, notice should be served upon the owrters at once by the inspector of nuisances.—This was agreed to. -The Inspector, proceeding, said the scavenging of the district had been carried out satisfactorily during the month. Six applications were made during the same period for registration under the Cowsheds, Dairies, and Milkshops Act. He had examined the premises, and found them in a proper condi- tion. Under the Food and Drugs Act he had ex- amined several shops in the district kept for the sale of butchers' meat, fish, vegetab'es, etc., and found them clean and well ventilated. Extra special visits had been made to 114 houses under the Infectious Diseases Act, and the number of infected houses found were five. Nine houses had been disinfected, and two notified. He had ex- amined 31 vessels, and found two nuisances, and had served notices on the captains of the infected ships to abate the same. It was resolved, on the motion of Mr Robinson, seconded by the Chairman, to allow the assistant inspector a railway pass between Barry and Cad- oxton. THE PROPOSED INFECTIOUS DISEASES HOSPITAL. The Clerk read a letter from Mr R. Forrest, J.P., St. Fagan's, in reference to the proposed infectious diseases hospital. He acknowledged the Board's letter of the 24th of April, and saw no objection to the letting of land adjoining that of the Board, but if the same would be taken it would be subject to the suggestions on plan re- turned. He would lease the land at £ 10 per acre per annum for 99 years, and upon hearing from the Board he would have an agreement drawn up for approval. -A long discussion ensued, in course of which it was felt that the Board should pur- chase the land, and not agree to leasehold terms.— The Chairman ultimately moved that the Clerk be instructed to reply to Mr Forrest to the effect that the terms would be accepted on condition that the Board would be able to utilize the land for their own purposes also to inquire if a purchase as freehold could not be effected. THE NUISANCE AT THE BACK OF MAIX-STREET. Messrs Seward and Thomas, architects, Cardiff and Barry Dock, wrote acknowledging the Board's letter of the 5th ultimo, to the effect that the nuisance complained by the Board as existing aL the back of Main-street, Cadoxton, was not on that company's property, and evidently there had been an error in communicating with them on the matter.—The Chairman (to Inspector Leyshon): Does any nuisance exist at the back of Main-street now ?—The Inspector Yes sir, and when it is wet the stuff runs down into the street.-A difficulty having arisen as to who was responsible, and the clerk not being present to enlighten the Board as to the Board's legal position on the matter, it was resolved to ask Mr Hughes to make inquiries. THE FOOD AND DRUGS ACT. The question of the appointment of the In- spector of Nuisances as inspector under the Food and Drugs Act evoked another lengthy dis- cussion, during which Dr Neale said the work had been entrusted during the past five years to the County Council, but nothing had been done in the matter by them, and he certainly thought it essential in a district like Barry and Cadoxton that the health of the community should be en- trusted to the Local Board.—It was resolved to recommend to the Board the appointment of Mr Leyshon accordingly.—Agreed to. THE FLUSHING OF WATER CLOSETS. The Chairman said this matter had been referred back to the committee from the Board. The necessity, he said, of the flushing of closets was becoming more apparent every day.—Mr Robinson moved that every water closet be supplied with a flushing apparatus, and it was agreed that the Board's bye-laws should be insisted upon in every case. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor reported that the sewers At the end of Gueret-street had been emptied, and the cesspools, which were a great nuisance thereat, had been filled in. A horse and cart belonging to a Mr Meredith had broken a lamp at the corner of Pyke street, Barry Dock, the damage done amounting to 5s.—The Surveyor was instructed to apply for compensation. The Surveyor reported he had tested the quality of gas at the Gas Works on the 25th ultimo, and found it exceeded the candle power required by Act of Parliament. He was also making arrangements for penoaical inspections. Mr Pardoe submitted the following bills :—Mr T. Ruckley, street watering, £ 9 do., scavenging, JB10 3s 6d Mr T. Paulett, street watering, 16s; Mr John John, do., £7 8s; Mr F. Griffiths, £7 8s; do., scavenging Barry Dock district, £8 8s Gas and Water Company, gas supplied, F,18 4s, £7 19s 4d, JB82 10s, L79 15s 4d, and E48 4s. The Surveyor also read a letter received from Mr D. Cornwell, butcher, Penarth, asking the Board to defray the cost of damage done by the steam road roller to gas pipes belonging to him. He also wanted to know the reason why he was not allowed a vote for No. 10, Holton-road, Barry Dock, at the last Local Board election. (Laughter.) -The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Board could not be held responsible for the first- named matter. SAMPLES OF WATER. Two samples of water of a highly discoloured description were submitted, the same having been taken from a tap in a house in Sydenham-street, Barry Dock, on the 20th of April and the 25th of May. The water formed part of the public supply. -The Chairman read a letter frrom the occupier of the house referred to, to the effect that the water submitted had been running in his tap for nearly five minutes.-Dr Neale said the samples were taken about a fortnight after he went to the reservoir to examine the water, but on the day the samples were taken the company had been cleaning the reservoir. He also explained that Sydenham-street was on a very low level.-The Chairman Is it any use communicating with the company.—Dr Neale I saw Superintendent Wake, and I asked him if he would call to see the samples, but he had not done so.—Mr Thomas The water should be kept for further evidence.- Mr Robinson I think the attention of the Water Company should be drawn to the matter at once, and they should be requested to do something immediately to remedy such a state of things.- Mr Thomas proposed that the water be kept; but the Chairman proposed that the clerk communi- cate.with Mr F. M. Harris, secretary of the Water Company, asking him to come and inspect the same for himself, at the inspector of nuisances' office.-It was then agreed to ask Mr Harris to call any morning, or by appointment. This was all the business.