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Pontypridd District Council. Health of te District. Mr P. Gowan, J.P., presided over the fort- ^htly meeting of the Pontypridd District Un°il held at the Council Offices on Tuesday, there were present Councillors James Ro- Horatio Rowlands, W. H. Gronow, W. ^°Hes-p0Wejl J. E. Spickett, H. Bramwell, Dr Harnlen-Williams, R. L. Phillips, D. R. vaos, Edward Williams, R. T. Richards, T. B. P. G. Edwards, and Watkin Williams, the clerk, Mr Montague H. Grover, and e SlHrveyor, Mr Edward Rees. TAXATION OF LAND VALUES. ,k circular was received from the Abertillery trict Council asking the Council to pass a in favour of the taxation of land ^s, ete. James Roberts That has been done. e Chairman: I think so; we have already ssed that resolution—at least, one in similar ^Das. \r -y H. Rowlands proposed acceding to the re- vest 0f the Abertiliery Council. Mr James cherts seconded, and the motion was agreed to. IMPROVEMENTS AT TREFOREST. A letter was received from Mr Jenkins, Cow- L oridge, stating that he could not sell the land Quired at Treforest opposite the weir for im- IJrQving the Cardiff road at a less rate than 5s square yard, and £8 7s lOd compensatioR fOr a she. which would have to be pulled down. br Hamlen-Williams said he had seen Mr tJenkins a month ago at Cowbridge, when Mr !lkins said he would leave the matter in his t'nas. He was also told that the land would sold to the Council for £ 10. The Clerk pointed out that Mr Jenkins had ei*ied making this offer. After some further discussion, Dr Williams IJroInd to again see Mr Jenkins on Lile matter. THE BERW BRIDGE. The Clerk of the Merthyr and Aberdare Joint Board forwarded a letter with regard the Council's application to use the road tï. rOugh the sewerage fields, during the altera- ti 'is to the railway bridge at the Berw. The a €rage Board had appointed their Chairman, Mr R. H Rh to meet Council on the Matter. let^r Grovor reported that he had received a eta^r fr0Tn the Taff Vale Railway Company the roacfthrough the sewerage fields Thenclbeieq™L Tia,a bridge rrnan: Does that mean that the rpjle J*11 Used during the alterations? The ^es' suppose it does. ^airman- I have also heard that they "111 J, UP a temporary bridge. r Jamos Roberts: I think that it would be n§erous to use the brfflge during the time they 6re altering it. ■^e Clerk: I understand that the Company Hot use this road because of its narrowness. TOr would have to work the traffic by signalling r°m one end to the other. The Chairman and Mr H. Bramwell were ap- rOm one end to the other. The Chairman and Mr H. Bramwell were ap. ^ted to meet the Joint Sewerage Board, and Taff Vale engineer to make arrangements Prevent any inconvenience to the traffic dur- 1119 the alterations to the bridge. 11 CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION. lett«r was read from Mrs M. Thomas, 22, _>ddle street, Pontypridd, saying that some lit Ifdren were playing with a grating in Middle when they let it fall ou the arm of her tba. as ng its fingers. She complained 8*atings should be left unfastened. She froln COtnpensation, as she had bean prevented d ° her employment as a milliner ressmaker. The Clerk was instructed to 6P'y denying liability. LABILITY TO PAY THE RATES. Jenkins, of the Garw Valley,wrote tte effect that he could not pay the rates on 8 Property at Hopkinstown as he had not re- rents for the last six months. He asked 0r time to pay. D- R. Evans: I think we are all in the lame boat. lfr James Roberts: Yes, and we have to pay rents besides rates. j Mr D. R. Evans: I don't think we should dis- css the matter. After further discussion, it was decided to be.ntl over the letter to the collector. STRAYING ON THE COMMON. The Surveyor reported that the road inspec- tor had found four horses on the Common, and b taken them to the old gasworks. When the owners claimed them they were fined 2s 6d «ach. Mr J. E. Spickett: That is cheap, for they ltave been grazing on the Common for the last three months. j Mr Roberts: A fine of 2s 6d will not detef 0%11(-rs from leaving their cattle on the Common. Mr Rees (surveyor): The next lot will be fined j lOd 6d each. Mr Spickett said the horses were very often Pot on the Common on Saturdays and allowed to stay there until Monday or Tuesday. The Surveyor: Well, you fix upon a fine, sir. The Chairman: I think you should summons them and bring them before the magistrates. You had better let the magistrates fine them. Mr Spickett: You cannot call it a fine, Mr Bees. The Clerk: He means poundage. The Chairman proposed that in future sum- monses be issued against the owners of horses found on the Common. Mr James Roberts seconded, and the motion was agreed to. CANAL BRIDGES IMPROVEMENTS. The Surveyor reported that he and Mr James Roberts had visited Abercarn and inspected the ironwork to be used in the improvement of the canal bridge at. Trallwn. The contractors were not prepared to immediately supply the iron- Viorli required for the three canal bridges. Mr Roberts also reported npon the ironwork he found ready at the works. Mr D. R. Evans: Have you any idea when the whole ironwork will be ready? Mr Roberts: No, they did not tell us that. They considered they were justified in delaying tae work because of the promise of the promo- ters of tne Cardiff Railway Bill that they would improve the bridges if the railway received the sanction of Parliament. They made that as an excuse why they did not push forward the work. I strongly recommend the Council to name a time when the whoTe of the bridges wi!l have to 'be completed, and failing that to take steps to ,mreel the order. The Chairman: I think they wrote us saying that the icbnwork of the Trallwn bridge was ready. It was decided to call upon the con, tractors to complete the work required for the three bridges within three months. Mr James Roberts thought the Council should approach the County Council with a view of getting their assistance to improve the Glyntaff canal bridge. The Surveyor said he had furnished the Coun- ty Surveyor with a plan and estimate of the proposed improvements. On the motion of Mr Roberts, it was resolved to write to the County Council asking them to contribute toward the cost of improving the bridge. INFECTIOUS DISEASES. Sanitary Inspector Rowlands reported one case of scarlet fever at Berw road, and one case of typhoid at 80, Taff street. NUMBERING OF TAFF STREET. Mr D. R. Evans said 80, Taff street was Messrs Masters' establishment, and he asked if it was there that the case of typhoid existed. The Inspector said it was not; it was a pri- vate house, and the number he gave he had ob- tained from the notification. He wished to call the attention of the Council to the numbering of Taff street; it was "all shapes," and he could De find the numbers there. Mr R. L. Phillips proposed that the Surveyor should arrange to have Taff street properly num- bered. Mr W. Jones-Powell seconded, and the resolution was carried. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The medical officer, Dr Howard Davies, pre- sented the following report:- "For the month of August last, I 'have to report that the total births registered within your district numbered 97, 54 being boys and 43 girls. The birth-rate was 31.4. Of the 40 deaths that took place 19 were males and 21 were females. The deaths of non-residents in your district were two. The death-rate was 12.3 per 1,000 per annum. The total deaths from zymotic diseases were six, and included five fatal cases of diarrhoea (all children), and one of diphtheria. The zymotic death-rate was 1.9 per 1,000. The infectious diseases notified during the month were seven of scarlet fever and one of diphtheria. The latter case occurred at Tel-el-kebir road, and proved fatal in two days." Inspector Johns reported that there were no cases ef infectious diseases n his district. COMPLIMENT TO MR SPRAGUE. Mr James Roberts desired to mention a matter which he thought the Council had overlooked. It was in reference to their late deputy-clerk, M, J. Sprague. They were aware that Mr Sprague had severed his connection with the Council, and at the time of his leaving the auditor sen-. a report to the Council, which he (Mr Roberts) thought was very complimentary to Mr Sprague, and spoke highly of his valuable services to them as a Council. He thought it was due to Mr Sprague that this should be known. In his report the auditor highly compli- mented him for the manner in which the Coun- cil's accounts h" been kept from year to year. The way in which he had filled his position to th3 Council was a credit to him. TINPLATE WORKS BRIDGE. Dr Hamlen-Williams called the attention of the Council to the necessity of remedying the disgraceful state of the bridge leading from Rhydyfelen to the Treforest Tinplate Works. He would like to know who was the present owner ef the bridge. The Messrs Crawshay had dis- ewned it, as had the Messrs Waterhouse. He thought the Clerk should write to the County Council asking who were the proprietors. Con- sidering the present condition of the bridge he thought something should be doite to remedy matters and do away with the danger, While they were making enquiries they could remove one of the present lamps to the entrance to the bridge, so that those who crossed the bridge could see the dangerous parts.—Most of the members agreed, but stated that a committee of the Council had considered the matter as well as the footpaths in the neighbourhood. —The question was again referred to a committee to report upon. RIGHT OF WAY AT RHYDYFELEN. In his report the Surveyor stated. that the road leading from Fairfield, Hawthorn, to the Canal, had been closed. The gate at the en- trance had been locked, and a notice put up warning persons against trespassing. Dr Hamlen-Williams said the Surveyor was quite right in his remarks. He (the doctor) had had a notice put up at the entrance of the road warning persons against trespassing. The road was a private one, and he had been forced to put up this board in order to protect his pro- perty. He had had people coming there who made it their business to steal fowls and the eggs they laid, and only a few days ago he met some children carrying eggs when coming off his land. This must have been done with the knowledge of their parents. The lane had also been used for purposes anything but moral, and he had had people coming there who made no end of damage. The road was a private one used by himself. He could prove it, or his solicitor would prove it for him. He could go back 30 years, when the road was known by the man in charge of the lock, a James Jones. This man's father at that time sent to his (the doctor's) uncle to ask permission, to pass along this road to attend communion at Rhydyfelen, to save a roundabout journey to the chapel. The gates had always been locked, and he had seen people turned back. Be had no desire to close the road to decent people if they would not abuse the privilege by leaving the gates unlocked, and so allowing the cattle, in the early morning, to stray either on the road or on the lawn. At the present time he had a man in his employ who had known the road for 25 years, and be had always known it as a private one. The road to the canal was for the convenience of Lord Windsor's tenants, and Mr Grover, their clerk, could remember an instance in which a wagon was stopped when taking furniture to a farm dose by, and the furniture was allowed to remain in a field for several days, and subse- quently taken back the same way as it came. Mr Grover: Yes, I remember that, but it was not fought out. Dr Williams: No, but if the Council wish to contest my right to this I have no objection. Mr Roberts: I must say I can remember this road for nearly 50 years, and I have known people use this road for 50 years unmolested. I have used it myself many times, and I was never turned back. Dr Williams: Which road? Mr Roberts: The road leading towards your house. Dr Williams: Where to afterwards? Mr Roberts: Up to the canal. Dr Williams: Which canal? Mr Roberta: The lower canal. Dr Williams: Did you find the gates open ? Mr Roberts: Yes, but I must say I found them locked when I passed that way last, and I had to get over. (Laughter). That road was there long before Fairfield wns built. As I said before, I can go back for over 50 years, and I know I have not been interrupted when passing that way, and I also know that others have passed without interruption, and I know people who claim that this is a public way. I quite believe Dr WiHiair.s when fo say, that this road has been abused by people, but the fact that it has been abused by people does not make it a private road. It leads from Hawthorn to Dynea, and from Dynea up to Eglwysilan. Thai road has been used for a tremendous number of years by pedestrians, and there is a recognised stile on a part of the road over which you cross. When the railway was made the company provi- ded facilities to the road to cross the railway. 1 am certain that all the old inhabitants who know this road will say it is a public road. Dr Williams: Excuse me, sir, but I can't help pointing out to you that you have gone out of your geography. (Laughter). Mr Roberts: No, indeed, I have not. Dr Williams: The stile you speak of at Dynea is on the footpath which passes David Richard's farm, and that is a public footpath. Mr Roberts: There's another footpath there. Dr Williams: There is not. I have lived there for 35 years, and I have known scores of people turned back on this road. Mr Roberts: I have never been turned back. Dr Williams: Then you have been allowed by courtesy to pass along it; they knew you would do no harm. (Laughter). The gate was always locked in the summer; orders were given to lock it. Mr Roberts: I have passed along it during your uncle's time, and the gates were not locked then. Dr Williams: Well, I don't think you can have stronger evidence than the fact that James Jones' father asked for permission to pass through the gate. Mr Roberts: There was a road there long be. fore your house was built. Dr Williams: I made the read. Mr Roberts: Well, there was a road there long before the house was built. Dr Williams: There was grass there you mean. (Laughter). The discussion continued for some time, and subsequently the Chairman suggested that the Surveyor should examine the old ordnance map and prepare a report on the subject for the next Council meeting. Mr Roberts again pointed out that the railway company had provided a convenience for traffic parsing along the road to their railway. Dr Williams replied that he did not care what the railway company had done; they had not had his sanction to do anything. The Chairman's suggestion was eventually adopted.

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