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TO THE EDITOR. SlK,— The state of the Macandrew road drain, to which your article of Friday evening refeis so strongly, is at present a Berious matter, and demands the immediate attention of the authorities. A more filthy and abominable quagmire could hardly be imagined, and reminds one of the historic " Stink-urn-awful." The near approach of warm weather renders it necessary that the nuisance should be abated, if serious trouble is to be avoided.

It is not difficult to fix the responsibility, for the Caversham Borough Council are undoubtedly chargeable with whatever consequences may ensue. The subject has been frequently brought before that body by the School Committee, and has been as frequently evaded by them. It is idle to say the Council have no jurisdiction or responsibility in connection with this drain. The Caversham Borough draw the rates from the adjoining property ; the drain is within their boundary; and they have hitherto assumed control of it by cleaning it out from time to time—in fact, they have already been held liable for damages by the Resident Magistrate for neglect so to do. In regard to the complication mentioned by you of the Education Board's not having acquired the strip of land between their fence and the ditch, that is a mere quibble. The said strip of land was given by the proprietors for the purpose of widening the road. It is dedicated to the public for the purposes of a, road, and cannot be interfered with in anyway. The absence of a legal transfer was given by the Council on a previous occasion as a reason for their not carrying out the covering in of the drain. This was at once met by the proprietors expressing their willingness to complete the formal transfer to the Council at any timo, only making the reasonable stipulation that they having given the land, the Council should bear the small legal expense of any desired deed, Thus any complication in that direction was removed. The Council are well aware of these facts, but have still persistently and doggedly declined to remedy the evil. I observe that since the publication of your article the Council have put a man on to rake up the filth and throw it on the side of the road, there to reek in the sun and spiead the germs of pestilence far and wide. This is only playing with the work, for, to be of any effect, the drain must certainly be covered in. The Education Board have already offered to ; ssist them liberally in doing this, and J trust that the Caversham Council will now awake to the gravity of the responsibility which rests with them and see to it that this work is carried out at once. —I am, etc., Resident. Dunedin, October 29,

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MACANDREW ROAD DRAIN., Issue 8051, 30 October 1889

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MACANDREW ROAD DRAIN. Issue 8051, 30 October 1889

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