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I BARRY DISTRICT COUNCIL. j EXPLANATION OF THE CARDIFF CARPET" PURCHASE. APPLICATION FOR THEATRE LICENSE REFUSED. FURTHER PASSAGES-AT-ARMS BETWEEN MEMBERS. ALCOHOLISM AND PHYSICAL DETERIORA- TION. APPOINTMENT OF OVERSEERS. The monthly meeting of the Barry Urban District Council was held at the new Council Chamber, Central Library, Barry Docks, on Tues- day evening last, when there were present—Mr J. A. Manaton, J.P. (chairman), Messrs James Jones. J. C. Mepgitt, J.P., D. Lloyd, J. H. Jose, Rev Ben Evans, Rev T. Pandy John, D. Morgan, W. J. Williams, O. McCann, S. R. Jones. T. Davies, J. Williams, J. E. Levers, Dr Sixsmith, J. D. Watson, Dr P. J. O'Donnell, J. A. Lovat-Fraser, B. A.L., and W. R. Lee, with Mr T. B. Tordoff (clerk), Mr C. B. Brown (accountant), Mr J. C, Pardoe, A. M.I.C.E. (surveyor), Mr W. C. Howe (assistant overseer), and Mr T. Ross Pratt (assistant clerk). CARPET FOR THE COUNCIL CHAMBER. The Rev Ben Evans remarked that the trades- men of the town felt aggrieved that they had no chance of quoting for the carpet which was recently purchased for the new Council-chamber. He would like some explanation as to the reason why this had not been done. The Chairman said tenders were invited locally for the supply of linoleum for the chamber, but the Council decided to have carpet, the purchase of which was referred to the Rev Pandy John and himself, and they, the Chairman ventured to say, had done what every other member would do in their own private capacity. It was true, they did go to Cardiff, and local tradesmen did not have an opportunity to quote. He and Mr John went where they could get a good selection, and could see the carpet in the whole, and not merely the pattern. He considered it would be most unsatisfactory to buy the carpet from the pattern only. At the carpet warehouse in Cardiff they saw hundreds of piies of carpet, and he suggested it was in the interests of the town that the material was purchased in Cardiff. It had been said that the carpet could be bought cheaper in Barry than at Cardiff, but they had their own opinions in this matter. He was a tradesman, and was sure that even furnishers, upholsterers, and drapers at Barry were conscious that Cardiff tradesmen could supply some goods cheaper than themselves, because they had a more extensive sale. If the tradesmen were honest they would readily admit this. Rev T. Pandy John agreed that the large majority of the members had been in favour of carpet, and not linoleum, but amongst the minority were Mr Milward and himself. It had been said that no tradesman in Barry could display the same stock as Cardiff tradesmen, because local tradesmen had only small samples from which selections could bymade, whereas at Cardiff there were huge piles at hand. With regard to going out of the town to make the purchase, he believed all the members would agree with him that his actions on that Council had always been on the side of local industry, and supporting any motion which confined them to the purchase of goods locally, or the letting of contracts to persons residing in the district, so that local people might derive the' benefit that would accrue therefrom. A great cry had been made about the purchase of the carpet, a cry raised at a most opportune moment "to rub it into him pretty hard"— (laughter)-and he was practically regarded as a criminal to be thrown off the Council. As far as he was personally concerned, he had spent for his own private use no more than E10 outside of Barry during his ten years' residence in the town. (Hear, hear.) He ventured to say that not many tradesmen at Barry could say the same thing. They were only too apt if they run out of an article, to travel to Cardiff to purchase it. If it had been possible to obtain a similar carpet at Barry, even if it had been a trifle dearer, the article would have been purchased locally. But, as he had said before, it was a splendid election cry, though he could not under- stand why the chairman and himself had had all the blame showered upon them, whereas the Com- mittee were directly responsible. (Hear, hear.) He submitted he would be lacking in the discharge of his public duty if he had refused to go to Cardiff when requested. He moved that. as far as it was possible, all articles required by the Council be purchased in the town. Dr Sixsmith considered it very unfair that a charge of this description should be made against the chairman and the Rev Pandy John, but at the same time he was bound to protest against the carpet being purchased outside the town, for it was a gross insult to the tradesmen of Holton-road. Rev Ben Evans also regretted that the two members named and not the Committee as a whole had been held responsible in this matter. He was sorry local tradesmen had not been asked to quote. Whilst admiring the carpet, he was of opinion that linoleum would serve their purpose much better than carpet. As the local authority, they should lead the way in the purchase of goods in the town. (Hear, hear.) Dr O'Donnell This is an amusing discussion— it is another white-washing dodge. Mr Jose: Let us take home some of the spirit of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, and have a little less tomfoolery. (Laughter.) The matter then dropped. APPLICATION FOR A THEATRE LICEKSE. Mr T. P. Pritchard, solicitor, Barry Docks, applied on behalf of Mr John Johnson, theatre proprietor, Tredegar, for a temporary license for a portable theatre, proposed to be erected at the junction of Green wood-street and Holton-road, Barry Docks. Mr Prichard submitted a number of testimonials, and stated that should the application be granted, if Mr Johnson thought a permanent theatre would be supported, he was willing in about twelve months, to consider the question of building a per- manent structure. He had petitioned a large number of the principal residents of the town, and they were almost unanimously in favour of a theatre. Mr Jose, although a believer in theatres, strongly opposed the Erection of a temporary building. He proposed that the recommendation of the Licensing Committee to grant the application be deleted. Mr S. R. Jones seconded Nr Meggitt, although a believer in a permanent theatre, opposed the application, believing that these portable buildings should be kept out of the town. Mr Watson favoured the application, being unable to see any objection to such a building when the applicant was prepared to adopt the Council's byelaws. It was a crying shame that there was no place of amusement and enter- tainment in such a large seaport as Barry. He never knew the like of it. Mr Lovat-Fraser maintained that none was more interested in the morals of the' town than himself, At the same time he considered a theatre would be a boon to the place. He did not wish to dis- parage the town in the least, but it was a fact that Barry was a dull place in the evenings. He often regretted that people were obliged to go to Cardiff for enjoyment in such lar?e numbers. J Mr T. Davies also supported the recommenda- tion, remarking that in addition to the hundreds of sailors, there were many lodgers in Barry who required such a place as this. As a rule a lodger was supposed to clear out of the house after having tea. (Laughter, and cries of No and Shame.") There were the young men of the town whom the church could not convert and the library could not charm-at present they had nothing to do but hang about the street corners. Even the churches themselves dwelt in temporary premises at one time. Dr Sixsmith concurred. Mr McCann thought from a business point of view it was most desirable that this application should be granted. Mr W. J. Williams supported the amendment, I and referring to the remarks of a previous speaker, < said this member need not talk about sailors' wages, for he might be more generous to his servant girl, and be more charitable by charging less than 2s 6d for a bottle of water and a small quantity of powder. The Chairman (surprised) Mr Williams Mr Williams Yes, Sir. Dr O'Donnell (rising) I have something to say. Mr Williams Sit down. Dr O'Donnell I will not. Mr Lee We had better have another ballot for seats, Mr Chairman. (Laughter.) Dr O Donnell Weare not discussing the question whether a medical man should charge 2s 6d a bottle for his physic, but an application for the establishment of a theatre. The Chairman I hope Mr Williams will keep to the point. Mr Williams (to the Chairman) If you want the chair respected, you must exercise more control over a certain member. I am determined from co-night not to allow him to say what he likes. The Chairman My difficulty is to control not the members, but their tongues. (Laughter.) I have to call members to order more frequently than is pleasant to me. Dr O'Donnell agreed with those members who were in favour of the erection of the theatre, pointing out that the sanitary arrangements were of a much more satisfactory character than those of a good many dwelling houses at Barry. The Chairman said if a temporary structure were erected it would be some time before they had a permanent theatre, the plans of which were passed twelve months ago. He did not object to theatres he went to them himself at the same time he was not in favour of a temporary structure. On a vote being taken, the amendment was carried by nine votes to eight, Dr O'Donnell giving notice to move the rescission of the resolution at the next meeting. A COMPLAINT. Dr Sixsmith said droves of people had been coming to him complaining that one of the Council officials had three of his sons employed on the relief works as masons, What was the position ? Mr Jose said men had also been to him with terrible tales, but on enquiry he found there was nothing in them. Dr Sixsmith Is it true that there are four members of the same family employed ? The Chairman I don't know. At the suggestion of the Rev Ban it was agreed to make enquiries in the matter. LANE IMPROVEMENTS. The following tenders of Mr II. Rlngh&m, con- tractor, Cadoxton, were accepted for carrying out private improvements :—Lane at rear of Park- avenue, £ 90 18s lOd lane at rear of St. Nicholas- road, £ 46 Os 4d; lane at rear of Miskin-street, k,8 lane at rear of Digby-street. £ 22 73 lid. The tender of Mr H. S. Rendell. contractor, at £ 63 2s, was accepted for the carrying out of improve- ments in the lane at the rear of Pyke-street, COMPLAINT FROM THE ISLAND. At the suggestion of Mr Watson, the Surveyor was instructed to report upon the state of the io id leading from Phyllis-street to Plymouth-road, Barry Island. CORRECTION. Mr S. R. Jones said it had been reported that the annual ground rent of the Sea View Hotel, Barry Docks, was £20. This was not so, the amount being j6120. He hoped this would be noted, because many people thought the Council were slow in not taking the building as an Accident Hospital. SCAVENGING. In connection with the suggestion that the Council discontinue the system of letting- the scavenging to contractors, Mr Meggeti and Mr Watson urged the Council to take into considera- tion the advisability of doing the work bv motor power. A REQUEST. On the motion of Mr Lee, it was decided to ask the employees of the Council, who are not already members, to become members of some sick benefit or trade society. PHYSICAL DETERIORATION AND ALC JIIOLISM. Mr Meggitt moved that posters be printed calling attention to the report of the Committee presented to Parliament on Physical Deterioration and Alcoholism. If they were not legally entitled to do this out of the rates, he would be pleased to pay the cost of printing. Dr Sixsmith seconded, and remarked that tea and coffee was responsible to an extent for physical deterioration. I Rev Ben Evans supported, and it was carried. APPOINTMENT OF GYEtiSEKUS. Mr J. A. Manaton and Mr W. P. Phillips were re-appointed overseers for the parish of Barry for the ensuing year. The meeting concluded shortly before eleven o'clock.