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An ordinary meeting of the Hampstead Town Board was held last evening. Present — Commissioners \V. Thompson (Chairman), G. W. Andrews, W H Robinson, W. J. Cunningham, P. J. Baker, S. Wilson, and H. A. Lloyd. , . , , The Chairman reported that there was a credit balance at the bank of

£12.5 5s 6d. , . .'\ Mr Theodore Parry wrote complaining of.the very bad state of the footpath. in Oxford Street.-—Mr - llobinson , stated on parts of the path the grass was high. H6 had suggested to the complaining ratepayers that they do like the ratepayers of Church ■ .Street had done, and help to put it in proper order.—On the motion of Mr Andrews, the work was left in the hands of the Works Committee. Mr W: H. Robinson, reporting for the Works Committee, said that general works had, been carried out sati'sfac-> torily, that grass was being mowed, and •various repairs made and improvements effected to roads, bridges, and footpaths. The committee had prepared plans for a workshed (estimated to cost £35); which' he submitted.—Mr Andrews-; suggested that a meeting room be built beside the workshed-. The reserve ■' was central, and it might save the Board money.—The plans were approved, and the Works Committee instructed to have the shed erected at a limited cost. ,

Mr Andrews referred to the necessity for more lighting at an early date. A few more lights would be required, as the ratepayers'were all anxious to have the streets better illuminated. He thought the Lighting Committee should be requested, to report on the matter, and that it should approach the Gas Company and endeavour to ar : range to be supplied with light .on the lines of the Borough Council. From the time pedestrians in .Hampstead left the end of the South Belt there was not a single light, and ratepayers in the vicinity had a right to be considered.— The Chairman said that the agreement with the Gas Company would last another two years.—rln answering a question, the Chairman stated it would not interfere with the agreement with the Gas Company if electric lamps were placed in certain parts on trial.—The Lloyd said he did not see why they should, not give electricity a trial.—The Chairman stated that "he did not see any harm in inquiring into the cost of a few trial lamps from the Electric Lighting Company, and the Lighting Committee was authorises to obtain prices accordingly. .Mr Wilson said that ratepayers. had complained to him of water lying on parts' of the Belt, especially from Crawford's Corner to "Wakanui Road, which were under the,control of the Ashburton Borough Council.—Mr Robinson said he had seen the Council's foreman regarding the surface water at the place mentioned, and Mr Lloyd said that he would 'bring the matter-before 'the Mayor of AsKbuHon.—The Chairman said many of the channels needed 1 cleaning out, and the proper time to do 'it was the ; present.—Mr Andrews , thought . the time was coming when more than cleaning the channels on the .Belt would be necessary. The , Borough Council was kerbihg and coni ere ting its side of the Belt, and the i Hampstead ratepayers there should do I the same. He would be prepared to i pay his share of the cost, and he was sure the Board's "Works ■■ Committee should look into the matter. —Commissioners reminded Mr Andrews that all parts of the Hampstead district suffered similarly.—Mr Lloyd said that they would have to form themselves into a borough before they did that kind of thing,—Mr Andrews said they could not ask people to drain their property if they had nowhere to drain the water to.-^-The Chairman agreed with Mr Andrews that the Board would some day have to make a start with kerbmg and concrete channelling—Mr Robinson said that it would be better to raise j a loan, and do the lot at once.—On the motion of Messrs Lloyd and Andrews the Works .Committee was instructed to attend to the water channels' and have them cleaned out.—The Works Com- | mittee and the Foreman were also instructed to report upon proposed channelling and kerbing work on streets within the Hampstead district, and asked to suggest ways and means for carrying out such work. The Inspector of Nuisances reported on the sanitary condition of the district, and on straying cattle and noxious weeds.—The report was approved. Mr Robinson referred to the very bad state of Wellington and other streets. Some work there would have ,to be faced before the winter. —A special report was arranged for. The Chairman of the Works Committee was instructed to arrange.with Mr A. A. Fooks for taking the levels of the new streets on Mr F. A. Smith's property^ provided" the shingling .be , completed satisfactorily; it was agreed, that the width of the shingle be 16 feet: The transfers of the following properties, with the necessary alterations on the roll, were agreed to:—From Mr W. Benson to Mr W. Hunt; from Mr M. C. Digby to Mr W. Rundle (section 74, East Belt). Accounts amounting to £12 12s da were passed for payment.

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HAMPSTEAD TOWN BOARD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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HAMPSTEAD TOWN BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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