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WELSHPOOL'S REFUSE DISPOSAL.

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WELSHPOOL'S REFUSE DISPOSAL. "LORD POWIS REPLY." ALDERMAN HARRISON ASKS FUR QUIET CONSIDERATION. COUNCILLORS CONCILIATORY SPIRIT. "To consider reply trom the Earl of Powis to the Council s application for u yearly tenancy of the fields in Severn-road, with the option of a lea-e i< >r 21 year? from 25th March, 1911." To consider tender tor pipes." The publication in last Monday Ex- press oi this agenda of a special meeting of the Welshpool Town Council, to be held the following Tuesday morning, aroused keen and expectant interest amongst the townspeople. Speculation ran rife a- to whether Lord Powis had taken into account the town's unmistakable opposition to the Council's scheme to tease two fields from his Lordship for 21 years. Public anxiety on this point was destined not to be imme- diately. at any rate officially, satisfied. Rut private conversation with some of the coun- cillors, who had been pushing forward this anti-Henlaes scheme, suggested the gratify- ing conclusion that some spirit of sweet reasonableness is in the air. The special meeting of the Council was attended by the Mayor (Councillor T. J. Evans), the ex-Mayor (Councillor R. D. Thomas;. Aldermen Edward Wyke, G. D. ] Harrison, and David Jones, Councillors Hichard Jenkins, A. E. Bond, William Humphreys, George Macqueen. Edwin Stockton. T. Hiles. and Dr Marston. with the Town Clerk (Mr C. P. Yearsley). the Assistant Clerk k-Nir Ernest Watkins), the Borough Surveyor (Mr George Snook;, and the Sanitary Inspector <\Ir W. Wynne). The notice convening the meeting having been read, the Mayor asked would they have the letter read. A moment's silence seemed to imply consent, and the Town Clerk proceeded to read a type-written communication, at the foot of which ap- peared Mr Forrester Addie's characteris- tically large and bold signature: Estate Office, Powis Castle, Welshpool." But before the Town Clerk could read any further. Alderman Harrison rose and spoke: Before you go into that—I don't want to interfere with the business, but I really think, if this Council can see their way to adjourn the question for a few days, it may be very desirable— The Mayor: Do you propose that ? Alderman Harrison: Yes, I should sug- gest it. I do not want to stultify discus- sion, but there are very serious reasons why this should be considered by the Council quietly, if at all, and adjourn it for further consideration. Adjourn it to the Council meeting. I think it is very desirable. Councillor Richard Jenkins: Do I under- stand this meeting is adjourned ? The Mayor: As far as the consideration (If Lord Powis' letter is concerned, it is ad- journed till Friday. 1 think Mr Harrison or some other gentleman will propose that we resolve ourselves into committee so that we can discuss this. Councillor Jenkins: Is it necessary that we should go into c-oiiinfittee ? The Mayor: I think so. Councillor Jenkins: Is it necessary in your opinion that we should go into com- mittee ? The Mayor: It is not my opinion at 'all. I am simply waiting for any suggestion. Councillor Jenkins: I only ask is it necessary to go into committee. Alderman Harrison: I don't object to r going into committee myself. The ex-Mavor: f think it should be ad- journed till Friday. There is no reason why we should go into committee with this business now. It is far better to get. it read openly, and discuss it openly. Councillor Macqueen: Gentlemen, I think, if we are to discuss this at all, that we should first go into the business in com- mittee, and then bring it before the Coun- cil next Friday. I think that would be much the best way to do it. It is a ques- tion that has been talked about a good deal, —smiles)—and there has been an objection .laid to these fields near the Henfaes, and we may hear of something better (more smiles). I should like to propose that we go into committee now, and bring the mat- ter up at the Council meeting next Friday. Councillor Bond: This is a burning ques- tion, and has been now for a very long and I don't think we should oo jus- tified in discussing such an important mat- ter in camera. Alderman Wyke: I should rather like to second Councillor Macqueen's proposi- tion to go into committee. There are some important points that rather require to be thrashed out. Councillor Pryce .Jones: I second Mr Bond's proposition. The Mayor: Mr Bond doesn't make any proposition. Alderman Jones: Then I beg to move that we discuss it in public. It is a public ,ttuez;tlon. Alderman Harrison (to Alderman Jones): I moved the adjournment to Friday for reasons—I won't explain now. I can't ex- plain. But I will come and tell you pri- vately. The Mayor: We have an amendment to take this in the open Council. But Mr Macqueen has a resolution to go into com- mittee, and the result of that will be dis- cussed in the full Council on Fridav. Councillor Humphreys: I have great pleasure in supporting that, so long as it is to the public benefit. I think it will come out on Friday. Alderman Harrison: It will come out on Friday. There is nothing to keep back. Councillor Bond: I think this is the first time we have been told it is to the public benefit that it should be discussed pri- vately. I will propose that we discuss it in open Council, Mr Mayor. Councillor Pryce Jones: Because, if we have it in committee, it will be all about the town afterwards— Mr Bond: In five minutes (laughter). Councillor Humphreys: It just depends on who tells (more laughter). Councillor Bond: That's what we should like to know (continued laughter). Alderman Harrison (to the Mayor): Be- fore you put it. I only want to make one personal explanation—that it is on the un- derstanding that, if we go into committee, we arrive at no definite conclusion, but have a friendly talk amongst ourselves. With that view I should support going into committee. It was at this point that Councillor Hiles and Dr Marston entered the Council Cham- ber, and the Mayor inquired: Had I better explain to Mr Hiles? Councillor Humphreys: I think it would be better (smiles). The Mayor: Mr Councillor Marston and Mr Councillor Hile.s we have been dis- cussing—it hits been proposed by Mr Maequeen and seconded by Mr Wyke, that v.e discuss this thing in committee about the refuse tip. It has been moved as an amendment by Mr Bond and seconded Mr Alderman David Jones, that we discuss it now in open Council. Meanwhile, Councillor Hiles had sat on H chair a short distance away ffom the Council table, and Councillor Jenkins, who sat near by, now spoke in genial tone. I would suggest that you invite cur worthy friend, Councillor Hiles, to come nearer the table and join us. He seems to be apart altogether (smiles). There's plenty of room for him. I like to see his genial face. Councillor Hiles accepted the invitation, and Alderman Harrison said: Will you suggest that the public discussion be con- tinued on Friday ? We don't want to burke it in any shape or form. The Mayor then put Councillor Bond s amendment, for which there voted five-- the ex-Mayor. Alderman Jones, Councillors I Pryce Jones, Bond, and Hiles. The other members voted against-seven of them and the Mayor announced that the Council now resolved itself into committee. Thereupon, the press quitted the Council Chamber.

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