NtGCER-HEADS, BOWLING GREEN, AND COWS.
At the Domain Board meeting last evening Cr. J. Watson stated that he had noticed that the workmen, during the-cleaning of the Domain lakes, had cut off all the niggerheads from the sides.of the lakes. He maintained that the said nigger heads', gave a natural siDi'iearanoe tOj.the lakes, and it was & mistake, to have removed them. The matter of granting permission to ttio Bowling Club to construct a new sire-en on the hockey grounds cape under review. Cr. Watt said the board would have to consider the question of cutting up the hockey ground. I Cr. Grigg replied that if it was. in-, fended to lay down two I'greens,' only,' one acre of ground would be required at the very .outside, so that sufficient, around would still be available for playing hockey. Cr. Ferriman said he- considered the time had arrived when the board should ■approach the County Council for some assistance in connection- with the bowling green. Bo pointed out that.many farmers, as 'they retired, from time to time: carno to reside in Ashburfcon,- and, a 'fair' percentage became bowlers. . At the nrese'nt ■ time the board only received a nominal _ revenue from-the .-■■■ Bowline Club; andiit.jwaa only fair that . the County Council should have some interest in this matter on behalf of the residents in-the County, who would become bowlers.
Or. Watson said the board should take into;consideration tho filling in.-of the frog pond, adjapent to tho green, to. make.., it' a "playing ground for children. ' - .-■' .-■■'.'-'''■■' . ':■ ;, ■' '.
Or. "Watt said he did not want iit l to go forth that, he was opposed to the .bowlers and the.neiy, green.- In fairness to "the hockey placers, he thought that their interests should be safeguarded. The green would make a great improvement' to the Domain, and v provided it .did not interfere ? with the hockey ground,' he could sco no reason why .the request for .the new green should not, be; granted. ■'■-■ '
Cr. McElrea. stated that if tho present recmest 1 were: not' agreed to by.-the board fiome other bowlih^ Club would probably come along in the future and ask permission to lay down a new green, and the only site available was on the hockey eround.
It was then agreed, cn^he suggestion of the Mayor, that the board inspect, the proposed site for the now green on. Thursday afternoon nest.
The Question of the mysterious herd of cows on the oat paddock wa3 agaiD introduced by Cr. Grigg. He stated that «at the previous _ meeting he, had asked for an explanation as to why the paddock had been let without the committee being consulted.
Cr. HilKer stated that since the lastmeeting: he had been casting his memory back. As far as he could recollect, he asked Mr Blackler what he intended to do with the paddock where, the oats had been cut. Mr Bliwkler stated that he intended to have^, the ; paddock ploughed, and he (Cr. Hillier) gave him' permission to run cows in it for a few days until the ploughing was done. He never cave permission to let paddocks to anyone without-, first consulting the committee. As a ■ ..matter.' of fact, the paddock under review was ;still unpldughed. Cr. Grigg stated that either Cr. Hillier 1? statement w.as incorrect or Mr Blackler was occupying the paddock without permission. Mr Blnckler told the sneaker that Cr. Hillier let the paddock to him for £2 on behalf of his son. Last time when he mentioned the matter he accepted Or. Hillier's statement as correct, as he felt he had been misinformed regarding the cattle. This time ho had obtained the correct information , regarding the- paddock. The Mayor said if the matter were left in his hands he would look into it. Or. Watt: And inquire who did ,the fencing. Cr. Hillier said he would assure the board that he had shown no favouritism to ,Mr Blackler. "Mr ■ Blncklor had. assured him that he intended to have the stubble ploughed up... There had been no cattle grazing there for some time. He left the mattw: in Mv Bladder's' hands in order to save him running backwards and forwards to the Domain. , Or. Watson said the hoard might take anto consideration setting aside, .two-or' three acres for the us;* of the caretaker to run his cow.
Or. ' Vestv snid rt seemed to him to be a very reasonable reqtiost. Or Ferriman said it was a. good thing to keep'n, cow. . . , ' Cf. Watson' .explained ' that theBdroraiTh ■ lost one resident, because he could not-keep a cow; He Lad now re-.. moved to Tmwald. - (Laughter;-)-. ■.
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THE DOMAIN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919
THE DOMAIN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919
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