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TO THE EDITOR. Stß,~ln your Saturday's issue of the Guaicdia.*", the Chairman of tho Hampstead Town Board (Mr Silcock) is reported to have said at their meeting on Thursday night that "The.Wakanui..Road Board had refused to receive a deputation from this Board," 1 sincerely hope, for the sake of Mr Ibilcock's reputation for veracity, that he is wrongly reported. If not, I have to say that the statement is simply incorrect; not to use a stronger term. No deputation from the Hampstead Tow a Board has ever been refused a reception or been treated m any other than the most courtsous way by the Wakanui Road Board. Indeed, the last occasion, if I mistake not, on which the Hampstead Town Board waited on us, tho then Chairman, Mr Gt. W. Andrews, took occasion to compliment tho Wakanui Road Board on the very generous and considerate whioh it had alwnya treated the Himpstead Town Board, I also notice that repeated misstatements are being made m the Ashburton papers regarding the matter at issue between the two bodies, Wakanui Road Board and Hampstead Town Board. The impression seems to be that we decline to pay our share of the cost of maintenance of the " Boundary Road," This is altogether incorrect, as evidenced by the fact that for the last 18 years the Wakanui Road Board has paid half, and m one case, two-thirds of the upkeep of the roads dividing the two districts. The point m dispdta is that the Hampstead Town Board require us to maintain not only the boundary road, but also roads leading up through the district into the Borough. The case may perhap3 be more easily understood if I append a copy of the last letter sent by the Wakanui Road Board to tb.9 Hampstead Town Board, which, -was as follows: — " The Chairman Hampstead Town Board. Sir,—l am instructed by tho Wakanui Road Board to acknowledge receipt of your Board's letter of the 25th ultimo, and m reply to it to state that my Board is satisfied with the existing agreement between it and the Hampstead Town Board for the maintenance of boundary roads, and has no desire to alter or resoind that agreement. If, however, your Board has any fresh proposals to make with respect to the maintenance of boundary roads, and will state explicitly m writing what those proposals are, the Wakanui Road Board will give them due consideration, and, if necessary, will appoint delegates to meet a sub-committee of the Hampstead Town Board upon the subject, but until your Board's proposals are formulated, it would bo useless for my Board to appoint such delegates, as it would be unable to give them proper instructions." Signed, on behalf of the Board, John Kilgour, Clerk. The reply we received to the above letter was to the effect that " the letter had been referred to the Boundary Road Committee, with power to act." Since then no communication or overture of any kind whatever has been received by us, so that I am much surprised that a statement like that of Mr Silcock's should have been made, a statement which, it will be se9n, was entirely without foundation.—l am, etc., Geo, W. Leadley, Chairman Wakanui Road Board.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6570, 15 May 1905

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HAMPSTEAD TOWN BOARD AND WAKANUI ROAD BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6570, 15 May 1905