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i. «' 11 1 —— THE BOUMOARBES.1


i. «' 11 1 —— THE BOUMOARBES. SWANSEA DOCKSMEN AND EXTENSION. At a special meeting of the Swansea Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday after- noon. Mr. T. P. Cook, J.P. (vice-presi- dent) presiding, the secretary (Mr. H. J. Marshall) rpad a letter from the Town Clerk asking that the Chamber would support the extension proposals. If the Corporation's request waS granted, the Town Clerk wrote, the acreage of the borough would amount to about 23,540 acres, the population to about 153,000, and the ratable value to about £73tUIOO. His committee felt the Chamber would be in full sympathy with the proposal to in- crease the borough in fixe and status. The deputation was invited to attend. Ik-'presenting the council there were present the Mayor, ox-Mayor (Aid. T. T. Corker), Councillors I). Matthews, and W. W. Holmes, the Town Clerk (Mr. n. Lang Coath), and the engineer (Mr. Ws-rili). There was a good attendance of niember6 of the Chamber. The Chairman said the decision of the Chamber of Commerce, representing tho considered opinion of Swansea business men, would have a considerable amount of weight. Hence it was essential that full details should be placed before the meeting. The Mayor expressed to the meeting their appreciation of the opportunity given them of explaining the scheme. The Town Clerk, in an explanation of the scheme, said the existing borough area was 6,229 acres, and the estimated population of 120.000. He pointed out that as far as C'ockait was concerned, the Inhabitants had petitioned the Local Sovernment Hoard for inclusion. Meeting the statement that in proposing the in- clusion of only portions of Penderry and Clase, the Council was trying to get the best rateable value of those parishes and leave out the less remunerative portions, the Town Clerk said this was not true. In taking only portions, the Corporation bad not been guided by uny mercenary considerations. The boundaries sug- gested were scientific ones, fixed upon the advice of expert engineers accustomed to deal with these matter and that advice had been confirmed by the Corporation's counsel. Any other suggestion than that was one that ought not to be entertained by the Chamber, or anybody else, for a moment. Swausea was making progress—such I progress, he thought, as any other town in the United Kingdom. Swan?a's pro- gress, commercially and otherwise, 'wai-i the cause to a large extent of the progress which to some extent, was being made in the outer districts. She must have an opportunity of extending, but at the pre- sent moment they had hardly any sites for Works—n matter which concerned the business section of the community more than any ottier. In bringing, in these districts (he be- lieved they would have, in any event, to I cotne in sooner or later) they would save -,waiisea but ilioce not only the rates of Swansea but those of outside districts. The administration ?-o f outside d i str i (- would be far more economical if under one control. The Chairman said as Swansea men they were all agreed to anything that could add to the prestige and importance I of Swansea as a port and a town would be heartily welcomed by the trading com- munity. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Hyam Goldberg asked how the Town Clerk could reconcile the statement that the scheme would not increase their bur- dens when there would be an increase in acreage of 300 per cent., with an enormous increase in road maintenance, policing, and all other incidental expenses; and an increase of 25 per cent. in population, while the increase in contributory ratable value was only 5 per cent. It was not clear to him that the bargain would be a very profitable one from Swansea's point of view, although the opposition had come -from t-lit outlying districts, which appar- ently would, on the faoo of it, be bene- lifcted more than the town. The Town Clerk thought the comparison hardly fair. It might be that the per- centages were as stated by Mr. Goldberg, but n large portion of that increased area of 300 per cent. would not require road making nor policing since much of it was agricultural and undeveloped land. If and w hen it was developed it would re- quire these and other services, and would bring in the ratable value to pay for them. If the borough treasurer had been able to be present he would have been able to convince the meeting that the rates of the borough would not increase, although some of those of the outer districts would decrease. On the motion of Mr. Crabbe, seconded by Mr. Hvam Goldberg, the Chamber de- cided unanimously to support the scheme. The mover said he could not understand th« attitude of Mumbles; it ought to re- ceive the scheme with open arms. Mr. D. Matthews pointed out how crampcd the town was for land, in con- sequence of which some important: insti- tutions had gone, and others were going outsido the borough area. Tho Corpora- tion would have to pay rates for these. Mr. 10y eaid his experience was that those requiring works had gone to out- ride the town because land was cheaper. Ho pointed out, too, that the added dis- tricts would want a return for being in- corporated. Mr. Crabbe moved that the Chamber support the echeme. The borough had outgrown its boundaries altogether, the result being that it could not aceommo- iate its population. The present state &f affains was an anomaly; the adminis- tration should 00 correlative to the size frf the urban district. He could not mderetand Mumbled attitude; it ought to receive the scheme with open arms. Yr. Ilyam Goldberg, seconding, said 110 did 60 if only to remove any im- pression that having criticised why he thought the weak or doubtful points, lie was in any way prejudiced. He did not think they should approach the question In any parochial spirit. There was no doubt a largo increase of the arm, and population of any town added greatly to jtsstatua and prwtige, and for that rea- son they a £ a Chamber, interested in tho trade of the port, should very heartily support the scheme. Tho resolution was carried unani- mously. Mr. Cook was asked to give ex- pression to it at the Local Government Doard inquiry, and tho deputation was thanked for attending. Uansamlet Against Inclusion, I The adjourned meeting of the rate- payers of Llansamlet to consider the pro- coalsi &.r thA pj-o. poser inclusion of the parish in the borough under the Swansea Town Coun- cil's extension scheme was held at Peniel Green Council School on Tuesday. There *ras again a large attendance, numbering Well over 200. Mr. Dan Griffiths (chair- man of the Parish Council) presided. Mr. T. J. Richards, a member of the Rural District Council, supported the •uK-tdment. Speaking of sanitary con- ditions and health, he said the de"th rate per 1,000 in Llansamlet was less than in Swansea town, although they had no sewers. When ho visited the Isola- tion Hospital at G&rngoch Common December last, he found 21 patients t-hwre., btit not a single one from Llsu- fiamlef, which was a very healthy parish. In regard to the £ 3,000 paid iu rates to the District Couucil. In regard to the water supply, the rental per annum for the two reservoirs the Dis- trict Council had leased from Mr. J. M. Gwynne was 2710, the watermen's wages (two) were £ 164, maintenance and repairs cost 2150, and repayment of i loan and interest tlA2. In 1913 and 1914 they paid ,glf", for Corporation water, but during the current fix months, with a heavy down- pour of rain. the* *•■*<* II" r>pccl«d a pint I »S water from thA Coruor^toa, AHAXIV I £ 197 per annum was spent on the removal of refuse, which was done by contract, while the removal of ashes cost The: grand total expenditure by the District I Couucil on all the items mentioned was 18s. a year. The reason why Llansamlet rates had jumped up in recent years was because the Dictrict Council had lighted the Parish, and when the work was com-I pleted it would cost considerably over i £ 1,000 for lighting every year. Reverting to the water supply, he maintained that three per cent, wan too much to pay to the Corporation for water when they could g-et it free as to-day. He believed- in the end Llansamlet would have to pay the whole per ceut. for water, and that! they would not get a rebate of two per! cent. That, in itself, in his opinion, was a sufficient argument apainst inclusion. Mr. Weaver, a member of the Parish Council, also supported the amendment. They had heard, he remarked, a lot about the Corporation's large estate and the leases that would fall in shortly. Wo have also a large estate in Llansamlet," j he said. "and we want a dozen more men like Ald. Jordan to develop it." Councillor Morris, referring to the re- presentation Llansamlet would have on the Swansea Council, said he was not in favour of inclusion on this account alone. Councillor Watkins remarked that although Swansea had its Art Gallery, Museum, Art and Crafts Schools, Mining; College, etc., very few Llansamlet people took advantage gf these facilities. Swan- sea could not give better lighting. Neither did he think they would run the tram- cars to Birchgrove and Glais. I Councillor Aneurin Rees spoke in favour of inclusion, and, replying to Councillor i T. J. Richards stated that the inclusion of Llansamlet in the borough would have nothing to do with the health of the! parish, neither would it affect the death, rate. (Hear, hear.) Alderman Jordan replied to the state- ments made at previous meetings, and argued that reason of his change of atti-j tude was that the. circumstances had' I entirely altered sincO 1889, when Swansea! only wanted to take a part of the parish. I It was now nearing ten o'clock. and cries of Vote, vote were heard, but Councillor D. R. Evans ro?e up, ?nd claimed the right to reply to the re- marks Aid. Jordan had made concerning the increased assessments. Ald. Jordan objected on the ground that it was not in accordance with the rules of debate. After some disorder, tho Chairman allowed Mr. Evans to speak. and the latter declared it was a lie to say he was responsible for the increased assesmenta. Mr. J. Jenkins interrupted, and inadel a futile attempt to speak, hut the meet- ing was now restless, and cries of Sit' down/' and H Vote. vote" were heard, Ald. Jordan explained that the figures on the telegram were not very c lear. The telegram was shown to Mr. Evans, who; agreed that the figures were not clear. A Voice: If the figures were not dis- tinct, why didn't you 6ay so at first? Mr. Evans proceeded, and was dealing with the education question when he wan interrupted by someone shouting: What is the good of going over the same ground. Let us have the vote." Mr. Evans said he was rather iiur- i prised at Alderman Jordan, who had! made his wealth in the parish, giving it II a parting kick. (Loud laughter and ap- i plause). After more disorder the vote was taken, the result being 25 in favour of! inclusion and 62 against. This result was greeted with loud and continued applause.