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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.

The special meeting of the Borough Council to consider the new tenders for the waterworks, and to hear the By-law Committee’s report on the Building Regulations, was held on Saturday evening, when there were present Messrs. Orr, R. Friedlander, Parkin, St. Hill, and Saunders, the Mayor having been unavoidably detained in Christchurch. THE BY-LAWS. After the last special meeting minutes had been read and confirmed, the report of the By-laws Committee, as under, was read : “ The By-laws Committee held a meeting at the termination of the Council’s ordinary meeting on Monday, sth of April, 1880, and have the honor to report for the information of the Council as follows : BUILDING REGULATIONS. The Committee beg to recommend to the Council that the following be the building regulations for the Borough of Ashburton : (1) That the block bounded by East street, Cass street, Kermode street, Moore street, Havelock street, Cameron street, Wills street, and Peter street be included in the following building regulations : (2) That outside walls running at or near right angles to the several streets mentioned shall be of brick or stone, and every division wall between buildings separately occupied shall be of brick or stone. (3) Outside stmic walls to be not less than twenty inches thick. Inside stone walls to be not less than fourteen inches thick. (4) Outside brick walls to be not less than fourteen inches thick. Inside brick walls to be not less than nine inches thick. (5) Both outside and division walls to be carried up not less than two feet at right angles to the rafters. (C) The rnof must be covered with iron, slate, tiles, or any other non-combustible material.

(7) The windows or any other opening to be made in any outside wall running at right angles or near right angles to Ihe several streets mentioned above, except when said walls are fronting on a public street. ”

Mr. Saunders said this report was drawn up at a full meeting of the By-laws Committee, and was a considerable alteration on the previous one. Mr. Friedlander said the just read had been adopted by the Committee. Mr. St. Hill took exception to the thickness required for concrete walls, 20 inches being more than was required in some cases. He fancied 9 inches were quite plenty for detached cottages, with 15 feet clear space on each side of them. The provision might, perhaps, be necessary in front streets, but something less stringent ought to be provided for back streets. Mr. Parkin thought height should be considered. In single-storey cottages 9 inches would be plenty, but two-storey buildings would require a thicker wall. There did not appear to be any provision made for concrete.

The Engineer said it was necessary that some provision should be made for timbers piercing party walls, and in reply to Mr. St, Hill explained that the joists of one-storey buildings would have to run through the party walls. Mr. St. Hill proposed— “ That the clauses relating to the Engineer supervising works, depositing plans, etc., be added to the regulation.” Mr. Fooks pointed out that the insurance premiums were net reduced unless both back and front walls w’ere of brick, Mr. St. Hill’s motion was carried.

Mr. Friedlander moved—“ That the thickness for a height of brick walls up to twelve feet be nine inches, and increase four and a half inches for every ten feet, or, if built of stone or concrete, an additional three inches be added. ” The motion was carried. The Committee’s recommendations, as altered, were then adopted, and a motion by Mr. Friedlander was then passed as follows ;—“That the Town Clerk hand report and additions to the Borough Solicitor, to be got ready for printing at once.” the water scheme. The Solicitor explained that a clause had been introduced into the water grant by Mr. Saunders providing for a twelvemonth’s notice of intention to cut off the supply, and also absolving Messrs. Saun ders from responsibility should the river shift or the supply fail from any cause not under human control. The tenders for the waterworks were then opened, when Mr. Wilkie’s was accepted as under : —No. 1, water supply, &c., LlO2 10s.; No. 2, reservoir, &c., LOO 17s. 6d.; No. 3, outfall drain, &c., L 92 2s. 6d.; total, L 285 10s. This was Ll 9 over the lowest tenderer, but Mr. St. Hill said that the fact was insignificant, as Mr. Wilkie’s practical knowledge of the work and the scheme ensured the Council’s confidence in his carrying out the work thoroughly. Mr. Friendlander thought Mr. Black, the lowest tenderer, was just as well qualified as the other, and they ought not to throw away Ll 9. He moved the acceptance of John Black’s tender. The amendment was not seconded.

Mr. Saunders said his experience of Mr! Black’s contracts with the Ashburton Road Board was not favorable, and he thought the engineer would bear him -out in this.

Mr. St. Hill’s motion was carried, Mr. Friedlander dissenting. The Council then.adjourned.

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 86, 13 April 1880

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