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BARRY RATEPAYERS PROTEST.

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BARRY RATEPAYERS PROTEST. AGAINST THE ATTITUDE OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL. THE SMALL POX HOSPITAL AND LICENSED BRAKES.^ A meeting of the Barry District Ratepayers' Association was held on Tuesday evening last at the Regent Hall, Barry Docks, Mr S. R. Jones presiding, and the policy of the District Council was criticised on all and sundry public questions. Mr W. Phillips, Cadoxton, opened the ball by moving a resolution that a deputation be' sent to the next meeting of the District Council to protest against the proposed expenditure of nearly £ 10,000 upon the erection of a permanent small pox hospital, contending that if such places as Bristol. -&c, could be content with small improvised premises for the purposes, a temporary building, involving an expenditure of d6900 or £1,000 would be amply sufficient for the needs of Barry for many years to come. There was no justification for the squandering of d610,000 especially now when the prices of building material was so high. The Council were in his opinion, intoxicated with the spending of public money, and it was the duty of the ratepayers to put a stop to this prodigality. -The motion was seconded, but Mr B. G. Davies, solicitor, rose to move an amendment to what he described as The sermon on the Mount" and copybook maxims and platitudes," and advocated the convening of a public meeting of ratepayers for the discussion of the question. Alderman Meggitt, he said, was opposed to the permanent hospital scheme, but perhaps his motive of retrenchment was to secure his own return next April.—Mr David seconded.—Mr James Price was of opinion that if a public meeting were held it would be packed by officials of the Council. The district was under the thumb of Mr J. A. Hughes, the clerk to the Council, and if Mr Meggitt and Mr Hughes were present the rate- payers would be afraid to speak. — Mr W. T. Medhurst advocated asking the Council to continue the temporary building for a time, and if they refused, a public protestation meeting could be held. — Mr J. E. Evans, Mr W. Cruise, and others took up the refrain and Mr W. H. Burrough said at Newport a very small building sufficed for a small pox hospital.—The 'Chairman reviewed the action of the Council in the matter, culminating in Dr O'Donnell's motion being carried for the erection of the permanent hospital. The Council, he said, had trifled with the question like children, and he suggested that a deputation wait upon the Council at their next meeting to urge the advisability of transferring the temporary hospital to the site of the per- manent hospital, and that the main scheme be deferred for the present.—This was agreed to, and Messrs S. R. Jones, W. Phillips, W. Cruise, John Cruise, W. T. Medhurst, and W. H. Hooper were appointed a deputation. The brake-licensing question was then raised by Mr John Jones and Mr A. G. Adams, strong pro- tests being expressed against the action of the Council in granting a monopoly to ply for hire in the town to two proprietors, and refusing licenses to all the others.—Mr James Price said he would run in spite of the Council if he were a brake- owner, and appeal to a higher court against the decision of the local magistrates.—The Chairman maintained that the Council had acted harshly. They had no right to grant a monopoly, and the recent proceedings of the Council in the matter Were a perfect farce.—Messrs W. Phillips, W. Jenkins, and W. Cruise followed in like strain, the former suggesting that if a monopoly was to be granted at all, it should be let to the highest bidder.—Messrs W. H. Burrough, W. Tame, and — Reeves were appointed a committee to prepare a report on the matter. The question of the alleged inequality of charges by the District Council for private improvements was deferred till the next meeting.

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