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Porth and OistrictOhamber of Trade. Lighting of Streets. Chamber Indignant at Council's Attitude, The annual meeting of the above Chamber was held on Thursday evening last at the Washington Hotel, Porth, when Mr. D. M. Jones (Gladstone House) pre- sided over a very representative attend- ance. The minutes of previous meeting being adopted, Mr. J. Thompson referred to Captain Edgar Thomas' report on the inadequacy of water supply in case of fire at Porth, sayinc should he ever— though he hoped not-see another fire, he would remind the Chamber of Captain Thomas' report. A letter was read from the' Mid- Rhondda Chamber of Trade, informing them of a public meeting to be held on November 3rd, at Richards' Hall Tony- palídy, to consider the question of incor- porating the Rhondda. and that Coun- cillors R. S. Griffiths. J.P.. D. Watts Morgan and Tom Evans would address the meeting, and requesting the Chamber to appoint three gentlemen to attend. After an address by Mr. Thompson, Messrs. Wm. Evans (Thomas & Evans), J. T. Jones and John Thompson were elected to 'attend. Apropos of the better lighting of Porth, and the Rhondda. Urban District Coun- cil's refusal to accede to the Chamber's recent request, the Secretary read the following letter which he had forwarded to Mr. W. P. Nicholas, Clerk of the Council Dear Sir,—Adverting to my letter of June 9th and your reply of July 9th, I'm afraid that I did not succeed in making the views of the Chamber clear enough to you, and I am instructed to ask the Council to re-consider the mat- ter from another view. viz., that the present lighting of these streets (Hannah Street and Station Street) is notoriously insufficient on Sunday and Thursday evenings after, say, 8 o'clock. These main streets are usually crowded every evening, and the present condition of lighting not only causes incoveniences, but it also results in a great amount of 4. skylarking and jostling by gangs of youths, who make things very un- pleasant for aged people who use the streets in the ordinary way. That this jostling is more noticeable after busi- ness hours in the evenings and on Sun- day nights, is sufficient proof that the lamps of the open shops have a deterrent effect, and that it would disappear altogether if the streets were better lighted when the shops are closed. In answer to this letter, Mr. Williams had received the following reply — Council Chambers, Pentre. Dear Sir,—Your letter of the 7th inst. was duly submitted to the Council, and in reply thereto I have been directed to state that all the facts were well within the knowledge of the Council when they caused the letter of the 9th ult. to be sent to your Chamber, and the Council have nothing further to acid to that letter. W. P. Nicholas. The Chamber were indignant at this reply. Mr. Thompson said that if the distances between the lamp-posts were measured, they would find that the lamps at Porth were further apart than at other parts of the Valley. Mr. Wm. Evans said he did not know anything about the dis- tance, but he certainly thought they should take no notice of the letter from the Council. Better lighting for towns was no new thing. It had been advocated throughout the country. The letter, he thought, was almost an insult to their Chamber. They had ft good case even on general principles, apart from the dis- tances between the lamps. We have a splendid case," said Mr. Evans, and we certainly should not let it drop." On the motion of Mr. J. T. Jones, a depu- tation of five were appointed to wait upon the District Council to discuss the matter. A letter was also read from the London and North Western Railway Company, offering to place at their disposal Mr. and Mrs. J. Scott, lecturer on the beauties of various parts of the United Kingdom while Mrs. Scott would contribute Scotch melodies if thev desired. The onlv con- ditions laid down by the railway com- pany were that sleeping accommodation be provided for Mr. and Mrs. Scott, and that a hall and pianist be found. The matter was left in abeyance. TERRITORIALS FOR PORTH. Air. WiDiams explained that he had written Colonel James asking him to re- ceive a deputation, and had received a reply in the affirmative, but owing to the serious illness of some members of the deputation they had been unable to attend. He had, however, written ask- ing the Colonel to kindly appoint another day next week. To this letter lie had had no reply, but he bdheard that Colonel James had resigned his po-sition and that Colonel Lewis had been appointed in his place. W itli reference to the LlwyneeJyn Bridge and its deplorable condition, Mr. Wm. Evans proposed that a letter be sent to the Council, pointing out the great I I I need of having it altered. The motion was carried unanimously. SHOP HOURS ACT. A letter was also read from the Dis- trict Council to the effect that they had fully considered the Chamber's appeal re the Shop Hours Early Closing petition, and that it disclosed a nrima facie case in favour of making a Closing Order, and that the Council were resolved to take the prescribed steps towards making the Closing Order in the above-named Act for regulating the hours in -the shows of butchers, grocers, drapers, boot and shoe shops. &c., of Porth, C ymnier, Trehafod and Ynyshir, and that steps would be taken at once to prepare a register show- ing the numbers, trades and shops to be affected by the proposed Order as required hv the regulations framed under the Act (hear. hear). A notice of motion brought forward by Mr. J. T. Jonas, viz., "The power of the County Court to commit for non-com- pliance with judgment orders," was referred to the Federated Chambers of Trade for their consideration. Mr. Wm. Evans (Thomas & Evans) was elected hon. president of the Chamber;

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