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LLYSFAEN. THE PROPOSED URBAN POWERS FOR LLYSFAEN. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD INQUIRY. On Wednesday, commencing at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, a protracted inquiry was held by Mr. M. K. North, Local Government Board inspector, iu respect of the application by the parish council of Llysfaen for urban powers. Mr. S. Moss, M.P., instructed by Mr. James Amphlett (Messrs. Porter and Amphlett), ap- peared to oppose the order made by the Car. narvonshire County Cuncil granting such powers, on behalf of the Colwyn Bay and Colwyn Urban District Council and the Con- way Rural District Council. Mr. E. Davies Jones (from the office of Messrs. Richard James and Humphreys, Llanrwst) appeared to support the application on behalf of the Llysfaen Parish Council. The inquiry took place at the Llys faen National School, situated in a truly rural' spot, on the top of the Penmaen head- long, not far from the ancient telegraph station. Considerable interest was taken in the proceedings, and there was a large attendance of parishioners and residents from Colwyn Bav. Replying to the Inspector, Mr. T. E Parry, clerk to the Conway Rural District Council, stated that the parish comprised 1,879 acres, had a population of 1,207 ten years ago, and was now estimated at 2,100. The loans outstanding amounted to £ 1,432. Mr. E. Davies Jones objected to the locus etandi of Colwyn Bay Urban Council, but the Inspector ruled that Mr. Moss should be heard. Mr. Moss, M.P., then addressed the inspector for the opposition. He said that to a certain extent the ground of his opposition to the order being sanctioned by the Local Government Board was the same on behalf of both the authorities he represented. If the inspector would stand at the top of Penmaen just below the school, and look down upon a portion of the parish of Llysfaen and the whole of Colwyn Bay, he would find that nature had presented a very substantial impediment to the applications of the parish council for urban powers. Nature evidently intended that the whole of the bay should be under one central authority, and it would be practically impossible for Llysfaen to be an urban district and to carry out urban duties side by side with Colwyn Bay Urban District, however amicable the authorities might be. The whole of the watershed drained into the Colwyn Bay District Council's area, and the drainage must, as a matter of fact did, flow into the drains of Colwyn Bay. There was a portion of the parish at the foot and on the slope of the headland on the westerly side, con- tiguous to Colwyn Bay, where there had been considerable building done, and this portion, some seven acres in extent, was now urban in character, but all the remainder of the parish was rural and agricultural, and in no way asso- ciated with the lower part, the seven-acre piece referred to. It was one of the strongest reasons why the rural district council objected to the proposed grant of urban powers to the agricul- tural part on the giound that the farmers would be taxed for improvements from which they could not benefit in the least, directly or in- directly The large landowners, quarry owners, and ratepayers outside the seven acre bit were practically unanimous in objecting to this wild scheme on the part of the few persons who were advocating urban powers, and who lived in the lower area. Evidence was then called by Mr. Moss. Mr. T. E. Parry, Mr. John Inglis (agent to the Countess of Duudonald), Mr. J. W. Raynes (of Raynes and Co., quarry proprietors), Mr. W. Lupton (of Kneeshaw, Lupton, and Co., qn-irry proprietors), the Rev. Robert Jones (rector), the Rev. Vaughan Jones (Congregational minis ter), and. Colonel Whitle were examined and cross-examined, and about a dozen farmers and other residents in the rural portion of the parish signified their dissent. Evidence for Colwyn Bay Council was after- wards taken, and the inquiry terminated.

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