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Fishguard Liberal Association…




ENTRE NOUS. RUMOURS of an imminent bye-election in the Parliamentary representation of the County continue to fill the air, but we have beeo privileged to see a letter in which Mr. WALTER F. ROCH, M.P., states emphatically that there is no prospect whatever of my leaving Pem- brokeshire until the electors give me notice to quit" THE Urban and Rural Councils-more es- pecially the former—will be well-advised to approach circumspectly the proposals of the County Council in respect to the future of Goodwick Bridge. The old adage that, if a thing be worth doing at all, it is worth doing well, naturally applies to a very great extent in this case, but the Fishguard authority is by no means in a financial position to justify I undue speculation for the benefit of posterity. Hence, it behoves those who are responsible for the town's expenditure to ensure the receipt of a quid pro quo, and any negotia- tions which may ensue should be based upon the principle that the thorongfare involved is a main road in fact and should, consequent- ly, be recognised as one in theory. Precisely to what extent the Urban Council will be able to press its advantage in this respect re- mains to be seen, but it appears to be fairly obvious that, at the present moment, it holds the whip hand. The County Council has provisionally undertaken to main" the Parrog road, and it is inconcievable that it would undertake such a responsibility were it not prepared to carry the scheme to its logical conclusion. A main road which ended in what is practically a dangerous cul de sac would be a preposterous innovation, and it behoves the Fishguard representatives to see to it that, even at the risk of perpetuating that danger, the Parrog road shall remain a bottle-neck unless the County be prepared to take over the whole thoroughfare once the town has borne its quota of the expense in- volved in a scheme infinitely more ambitious than that of which it is itself the author. THE defects-if any-of a legislative measure appear never to be discovered until it has be- come inscribed upon the Statute Book of the Realm, and the latest instance is afforded by the Local Authorities (Admission of the Press) Act (1908), which makes no provision in res- pect to what are commonly known as Com- mittees of the Whole Council. So far as our experience in divers parts of the country is concerned, it had been the general custom, prior to the passage of this measure, to admit reporters to such meetings, but last week the Fishguard Urban District Council decided otherwise, and there can be no question that, on the strict letter of the law it was in that particular instance empowered so to do, inas- much as the Committee had been appointed by resolution at the last meeting of the authority. We would, however, point out that this reason would not be operative in the case of a Committee of the Whole Council convened by the Chairman or the Clerk with- out preliminary resolution, and that, under such circumstances, journalists in attendance would be perfectly entitled to regard the as- semblage as an extraordinary meeting until such time as the members had, by formal resolution, decided that they be excluded, such exclusion, be it noted, being applicable only to a portion of the proceedings. • « • • THE Twentieth Century bids fair to go down to posterity as-inter alia-the Age of Rail- way Combines. The example was set many years ago by the amalgamation of the South Eastern and Chatham lines, whilst recently the air has been full of projects some of which have never yet emerged from the domain of negotiation, whilst others have been ruthless- ly wrecked in one or other of the committee- rooms of the Palace of Westminster. Never- theless, much that is useful has been accom- plished by the aid of working agreements, which do not need Parliamentary sanction, the initiative in this respect being, we believe, set by the L. and N.W. and the L. and Y. Companies. For a considerable period past rumour has coupled the name of the Great Western with that of the London and South Western, and on Friday an official announce- ment was made by the Chairman of the latter corporation, which appears to indicate that there is a prospect of the project maturing at no very distant date. Anything which tends to promote the commercial and financial prosperity of the Company to which the Twin Towns owe so much cannot fail to re- act beneficially upon the local community, and should consequently be cordially welcom- ed by all who have at heart the prosperity of the new port. ONE cannot but feel that the Fishguard Market House Company acted somewhat injudiciously at its annual meeting in declin- ing to adjourn the consideration of the scheme for roofing-in the Central Market. Having gone to considerable expense in the prepara- tion of plans, elevations, sections and estima- tes, one would have imagined that the very least which would have been done would have been to have accorded the suggestions careful consideration. Viewed superficially, the course adopted may appear to be a wise policy, but, as was cogently pointed out by Dr. O'DONNEL, it affords no such finality as would have been the case had the matter been fully threshed out at an adjourned meet- ing of the shareholders. ft THE substantial figure of upwards of [II, which is the extent to which the Pembroke- shire and Haverfordwest Infirmary has bene- fitted by the recent juvenile fancy dress ball at Fishguard, redounds greatly to the credit of all who laboured so zealously in the pro- motion of what will, it is generally hoped, become an annual function, and must be particularly gratifying to the honorary secre- tary, to whose assiduity the success of the event is in no small measure attributable. (!; O IN another column will be found a report of the deliberations of the Fishguard Liberal Association, from which it will be gathered that it is the intention of local Radicals to run the municipal elections in March and April on strictly party lines. Whilst cog- nisant of the fact that the function cf an independent newspaper is neither to commend nor to condone such proposals, we are forced to admit that the complete elimination of the political from local elections is not as yet possible. So long as the party system prevails in legislation, so long also, to a lesser extent, must it prevail in administration. The veriest novice who is but conversant with the ele- mentary principles of popular government must recognise that the administrative duties of a County, District, or Urban Coun- cil are defined by Statute Law, which are, after all, nothing but the product of a set of political principles held by the predominant party in the House of Commons. When such laws are enacted, we are forced to the con- clusion that, whilst it is not to the best inter- ests of it town to be represented by partisans on municipal bodies, so long as the public is of opinion that a party feeling is necessary to accurate legislation, so long will the pre- valence of party feeling in the administration of those self-same laws be inevitable. None the less, we would cordially welcome its era- diction ? ? «• '.X LOCAL house-owners would be well-advised not to over-estimate the value of the property at their disposal, lest they drive intending residents into the country. During the past few days we have learned of a gentleman who, sooner than pay what he regards as an exhorbitant rent, is seeking a residence in one of the outlying villages, and in this age of cycles it is not to be wondered at should others emulate his example. w ? (¡¡o SLOWLY but surely Fishguard is progressing. Hitherto the pupil's at the Girls' National School have had to be content with desks which had been removed from the Newport National School as unsuited to the youth of the Ancient Borough, but which were, pres- umably, quite good enough for the future mothers of Abergwaun. Now, however, afrer a presumably honourable existence which can be traced back as far as I878-and which probably extends still further into the realms of antiquity-these dilapidated fittings have been condemned by His Majesty's Inspector, and we have no doubt that, when the Educa- tion Authority can spare time from its troubles and trials with the various bodies subordinate to it, desks in accordance with modern ideas of comfort and hygenie will be provided, so that the pupils attending the National Schools may be at no disadvantage compared with their fellows at the Council School. I WF cannot too strongly deprecate the per- sistent circulation of rumours that the con- struction of the new breakwater will result in the employment of a large number—assess- ed variously at either hundreds or thousands —of men. Anyone cognisant of the nature of the works under contemplation must be aware that the statement is purely fallacious, and it is impossible accurately to estimate the extent of the damage likely to be occas- ioned by the encouragement of small capital- ists to invest their savings in new shops, or the misery that may arise through the influx of large numbers of unemployed deluded into belief that work can be had for the asking.


The County Member.

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