THE COUNTY COUNCIL AND THE LYTTELTON HARBOR BOARD.
The Lyttelton Harbor Board duly received the two resolutions sent them by the Ashburton County Council. One of these resolutions preferred a request that the wharf charges on grain at the Port should be reduced from two shillings to one shilling per ton ; while the other modestly suggested that the Ashburton County covered a bit of ground, had some people living on it, raised a few bushels of grain, which were exported to England via Lyttelton, and might perhaps have some shadow of right to representation on the Board. The suggestion was made with becoming fear and trembling, as suggestions should be that emanate from bucolic and simple-minded people like the Ashburtonians, especially when such suggestions are intended to go before the minds metropolitan in Christchurch, that exceeding great city, which is supposed to be the centre of the wisdom and the wealth of the province. Being made with the humility we have hinted at, the Lyttelton Harbor Board deigned to notice the modest resolution, and our County Councillors may now assume a satisfied countenance, seeing that the Board condescended from their high and mighty position, and the "Times’” sneers notwithstanding, to take notice at all of their insignificant existence. The County Council hinted that Selwyn County, which could not lay an}' on a claim to representation at fIHBKd than we could ourselves, had the lionor of sending two representatives to the Board, and the village of Lyttelton was represented by its Mayor, while every plot of grain ground between us and the port had some sore of direct representation at the Board, while this district was left out altogether, and had to accept such gifts as the gods might send it through the wise doings and sayings and thinkings of the Harbor Board as now constituted. The chairman was quite in a flutter over the request, and thought the Chamber of Commerce, which" was supposed to represent all Canterbury was enough representation for those country chaps at the Ashburton, and he fell back on the wisdom that had been brought to bear upon the construction of the Board to begin with, which wisdom ho seemed to consider the ne plus ultra of legislation, and any attempt to interfere with it would bo sure to result in disaster.
It may be high treason on our part to dare dissent from the opinion of the respected Chairman of the Harbor Board, and we may perhaps deserve that
“ Unmerciful disaster Follow fast and follow faster ”
upon our path for our temerity in doubting the existence of the blue snow we have not seen, but in face of the Chairman’s opinion we believe in the county’s right to a voice on the Board, and think if the Selwyn county which reaches to the Rakaia has a right to be heard at the Harbor Board, then surely the other country which sends all its export grain through Lyttelton should also have a say. One member pointed out' that Tiraaru was the natural port of Ashburton, and sought to stave off the request with that foil, but the argument is as hollow as the future of Tirnaru’s breakwater is shadowj r . We are glad, however, to notice that we had two friends at the Board, Dr. Turnbull and Mr. Cunningham, who were not prepared to see us tossed overboard without at least being heard, and the matter will again come on for consideration. But the shilling per ton we wanted removed I—Oh, no, the Lyttelton Harbor Board couldn’t see that.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 68, 2 March 1880
THE COUNTY COUNCIL AND THE LYTTELTON HARBOR BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 68, 2 March 1880
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