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[To the Editor,


Sir, —Some few weeks ago Inspector Blackler reported to the Borough Council that two of the licensed vendors of dangerous goods had more petrol stored in their premises in t the fire block than was allowed under the by-laws. Or. Kerr was reported to have said that the by-law was made when petrol was not required in such large quantities, as was now needed. What that had to do with the by-law in existence is not very clear. The Council decided to write to some other councils to find out what by-laws they had on the matter. So far no replies have been made public. But whatever other councils may do lias nothing to do with our own by-laws, which are made to protect our own interests. The question has, and is being asked, will the Council prosecute the breakers of this by-law in this case, as they prosecuted recently a resident for breaking a by-law, and who was fined, and rightly so, for allowing his water • tap to run for a couple of hours after time allowed for doing so: or is there an unwritten law for the favoured and the unfavoured, the rich and the poor? The Council thereby losing some revenue in the form of the subsidy for fines obtained from the Government, through the medium of the Stipendiary Court. Rumour has it that there were nearly 3000 gallons of motor spirit in. one of the local depots, thereby risking^ very serious consequences had an . accident happened. The man in the street waits for an answer.


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BOROUGH BY-LAWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919

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BOROUGH BY-LAWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919

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