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THE PROPOSED CEMETERY BRIDGE.

In connection with the proposal to | erect a bridge across the cemetery in ! continuation of Karangahape-road, tbe ' following letter from Mr A. Kidd, M.H.R., was read at the meeting of the City Council last night, having been forwarded by Sir Joseph Ward in answer to Mr' Kidd's request for powers being granted by Parliament: —"I am not prepared to make any promise in regard to the proposal. It practically means the closing of the cemetery to all families who hold interment rights, and it involves'the removal for re-interment of a large number of bodies elsewhere. In any case, a local bill would not have'- much chance of passing this session, and I am not in possession of sufficient knowledge of the desires and- feelings of those immediately concerned to take it up as, a Government measure." Mr Kidd added that he had done his best in the matter, but the order was a large one. * In the Streets 'Committee report the matter, was referred to in the following clause: —"City Engineer, reporting unsafe .condition of Cemetery Bridge. Power to .a_4_, in preparing iplahs, -etc., for erection of new bridge, and in submitting a proposal to the ratepayers to borrow a sufficient amount to erect the same. Colonial Secretary dealing with closing of cemetery. City Engineer, reporting that fifty graves would be interfered with." The recommendation of the committee was "that the City Engineer take down the bridge and make temporary repairs to the track across the gully. The Engineer to at once prepare plans showing the line of bridge, graves in line, position §f probable piers, and graves affected, and steps to be taken to secure the right of' way through the cemetery. The Town Clerk to proceed to Wellington if necessary to secure an amendment of the Act." The Mayor said he had telegraphed to Sir Joseph Ward upon the matter. The Engineer had submitted a plan which" was laid on the table. It showed that only nine bodies would require to be wholly removed, and eight othei graves would be affected. Therefore this was not really such a serious matter as it was made out to be. It might be advisable to send the Town Clerk to. Wellington and invoke the assistance of the Auckland members to enable a measure to be passed, which would only require to be an amendment of the general Act, and if the Government wished could be quickly put through. Unfortunately T * a number of the graves could not now be identified. The relatives of those buried would be interviewed The bridge itself would of course cover a number of graves, but would be high above them. Mr Bagnall moved that the whole matter be left in the hands of the Mayor, which was agreed to.

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THE PROPOSED CEMETERY BRIDGE., Auckland Star, Volume XXXV, Issue 222, 16 September 1904

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THE PROPOSED CEMETERY BRIDGE. Auckland Star, Volume XXXV, Issue 222, 16 September 1904

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