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Hampstead Town District.


At nearly every meeting of the Hampstead Town Board applications are lodged by letter or through members asking for road repairs, small drainage schemes, and other works. With a view to obtaining information at first hand of ratepayers' wants, the Board decided at its last meeting to make a tour of a portion of the district, and this was accomplished yesterday, Messrs W. J. Silcock (Chairman), Thos. Crooks, G. W. Andrews, R. Lewis, and the maintenance man visiting Trevorton and that portion which is generally known as Hampstead proper. The recent rains having caused a good deal of water to lie about the surface of the roads, a more opportune time could not have been chosen for the tour of inspection. Several streets adjacent to the river in Trevorton were inspected, and judging by their rough state, some formation and shingling is urgently required in this locality; while the footpaths are badly in need of grading. A good deal of gorae and broom is growing on several of the roads, and while the Board decided to effect certain works in compliance with ratepayers' requests, it was also resolved to instruct the maintenance man to take steps to grub the gorse and broom up at the expense of adjoining occupiers, who have been served with tho necessary notices. The Beach Road, where it runs through, Hampstead, was next inspected, and it was decided to plough out the channels, and to make every possible provision to draw off the storm water that" lodges in low lying portions of the roads, especially where side streets intersect the main thoroughfare. In Wellington street some grading was coni sidered necessary, while some channel repair work at Megson's corner was ordered to be done at the earliest opportunity. Considering that onl.t a halfpenny rate is struck, the roads in the district are kept in a fair state of repair. A comprehensive drainage scheme is, however, required. A number of the footpaths also require attent'Oß, but to accomplish thin desirable worfe together with the entire drainage of the moat thickly populated portion of the district, a muoh larger revenue than the Board has at present would-be required. Works of this character assist in no small measure to improve and popularise a residential district, and some scheme of ways and means should be devised to give effect to the above suggestions. Some three yearß ago the population of Hampstead was 1200 odd, while to-day it is estimated at 1500. If this increase is to be maintained it must not be forgotten that good roads and footpaths, and up-to-date sanitary arrangements are important factors to the progress of any community.

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Hampstead Town District., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6577, 23 May 1905

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Hampstead Town District. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6577, 23 May 1905

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