Deputation on the Postmaster General. August 8, 1878.
In accordance with a resolution tabled by Alderman Smith on the 16th July a deputation consisting of the Worshipful the Mayor and Alderman Abbott, Bailey and Tye and the Council Clerk, accompanied by the member for Newtown, Mr S. C. Brown, waited on the Postmaster General on Thursday the 8th August 1878 at 11 AM, to urge the necessity of erecting in Newtown a suitable building for the transaction of business connected with the Postal, Telegraph, Money Order and Government Savings Bank departments.
The deputation having been introduced by Mr Brown, the Worshipful the Mayor proceeded to point out the inconvenience experienced by the public and the officials in having to conduct business transactions of so important and private a nature as banking and the Telegraph in a building the dimensions of which are extremely limited and in view of the rapid growth and increasing population of the district would urge the Government to purchase a site and erect a more suitable building.
After the several members of the deputation had expressed their views in support of a new building near the Newtown Bridge and the leasing of more commodious premises in the interim, the Postmaster General replied to the following effect: —
Being aware that the people of Newtown suffered inconvenience in regard to Postal and Telegraphic facilities he had sometime ago caused inquiries to be made for suitable premises but the offers made to him were of such an excessive character that he had arrived at the conclusion that his duty was to ask Parliament for a vote for the erection of proper buildings; he was quite sure Government would grant the money and very likely rent other premises for the carrying on of business in the meantime. He was disposed to call for tenders for an eligible site at once and to anticipate the future by erecting a good and substantial building for Newtown.
After a few desultory remarks, the deputation withdrew.
An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 13th August 1878 at 7:30 PM.
Present: the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Abbott, Bailey, Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Smith, Tye and Whateley.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
1. From Macdonald Town Council, requesting that delegates from this Council join them in a deputation to wait on Mr. Donohoe relative to Erskineville Bridge. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey, that the letter be referred back with the information that this Council is of opinion that the deputation should not wait on Mr Donohoe alone but all owners of property affected by the proposed extension.
2. From J. Hinchcliff asking for extension of Kerbing and guttering in Wells Street. On the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Smith, the letter was referred to the Works Committee.
3. C. & C. Bailee requesting that footpath in Charles Street be repaired and the name of the Street fixed in a conspicuous place. On the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the letter was referred to the Works Committee.
4. From the Metropolitan Transit Commissioners advising additional omnibus accommodation. Received.
5. From J. Pemell requesting that the footpath in front of his house be remedied in order to prevent the water flowing into his shrubbery. On the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Cozens, referred to the Works Committee.
6. From J. Redman, requesting Council to fill up and assist him to make the Street described as King Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bailey that as the Street has neither been aligned or handed over to the Council they decline to entertain the request at present.
7. From Mr Brunn, requesting permission to build a division wall in cesspit of new bank. Referred to a later period of the evening to be considered in conjunction with the Inspector’s report thereon.
8. From Jules Marie asking to be refunded the sum of £5 as part of the expense alleged to have been incurred with the cutting of a drain off Wilson Street. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Bedford, seconded by Alderman Cozens, that the letter be received and laid on the table.
9. From Joseph Mitchell, asking that Kerbing and guttering be laid in front of his property in Simmons Street and offering to contribute a proportion of the expense. Moved by Alderman Tye and seconded by Alderman Cozens, that it be referred to the Works Committee, on which Alderman Bailey moved as an amendment, that the matter stand over till next meeting. Amendment carried.
Presented by Alderman Smith from certain residents of Albert Street, calling attention to the unmetalled and dangerous state of Albert Street. Received.
A report from the Works Committee was brought up conveying the following recommendations: —
1. That in reference to surface drainage at the junction of Simmons and Sarah streets, the surveyor be requested to bring up a report as to the best means of dealing with it. Adopted on the motion of Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Bedford.
2. That on completion of the Kerbing now being laid in Cavendish street a portion of the old kerbing be re-laid in a line with the new. Adopted.
3. That in consequence of some portion of the footpath in Alice Street being washed away, your Committee would recommend that the footpath be formed, a channel cut to carry away the water and the inequalities filled with a few loads of rubble.
Moved by Alderman Tye, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, that clause 3 be adopted whereupon some discussion ensued as to the propriety of dealing with this matter without an estimate of the expense. Alderman Abbott protested against the power exercised by the Works Committee in bringing up recommendations without the authority of the Council, pointing out that under clause 109 of the Municipalities Act the duties of the Committee are limited to negotiations, conduct of inquiries, the carrying out of such Works as have been ordered by the Council or other emergent matters.
Aldermen Bailey and Smith spoke in support of these objections, whereupon Aldermen Cozens and Tye left the Council chamber.
4. That the footpath in Forbes Street be formed. Received on the motion of Alderman Abbott, seconded by Alderman Bedford.
Nuisances Prevention Act.
A report from the Nuisances Prevention Act Committee was read as follows: —
1. Relative to the Inspector’s report in reference to the existence of certain pipes leading from closets on Mr Kettle’s property, your Committee is of opinion that no nuisance exists and therefore decline to recommend any action to be taken in the matter.
2. That in reference to Mr Selwin’s complaint referred to them for reconsideration they considered that they have no ground to alter the previous recommendations.
On the motion of Alderman Bailey, seconded by Alderman Goodsell, the report was received.
A report was received from the surveyor as to practicability of carrying the water from Mr Stack’s drain down the Street towards Edgeware Road but submitting that such a plan would have the effect of flooding other properties in the Street. Received.
Inspector of Nuisances:
1. A report from the Inspector of Nuisances relative to the deposit of rubbish was read and received.
2. Monthly report giving number of closets emptied and constructed for the period. Read and received.
3. Reporting construction of cesspit on bank premises considered in conjunction with the letter from Mr Brunn.
On the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the report was received and further it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bailey, that the letter be received and requested granted.
A report of the deputation to the Postmaster General was read, on which Alderman Smith apologised for his absence explaining that he was unavoidably prevented from attending.
In reply to Alderman Smith’s, inquiries as to when the new lamps would be fixed the Mayor stated that the company had promised to erect them forthwith immediately that arrangements for extending the Mains are completed.
Alderman Abbott requested that the City Council be written to requesting them to erect a stand pipe at the junction of Missenden Road and Bligh Street.
Alderman Whateley requested that information be obtained from the City Council as to the expense of watering King Street by hydrants and by water carts.
On the motion of Alderman Bedford, the Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider tenders for the supply of white metal and open guttering.
After due consideration the Committee resolved to recommend for acceptance Thomas West’s tender for the supply of 250 tons of unbroken white metal at eight shillings and sixpence per ton and Mr Selby’s for open guttering in Raper’s and Curtis’ lane at nine shillings per yard.
On the Council resuming it’s sittings the Mayor reported progress and on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bedford, the report was adopted.
The Council then rose.
Confirmed this 27th August 1878.
Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.
Proposed extension of Erskineville Bridge.
In compliance with the resolution moved by Alderman Bailey on 13th instant, delegates from the Macdonald Town Council meet representatives from the Newtown Council at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Saturday the 17th instant at 3 PM, for the purpose of waiting on the different owners of land who may be affected by a widening of the Erskineville Bridge in order to ascertain what extent of land they would be disposed to grant in view of the proposed extension. There were present: —
From Macdonald Town, the Mayor and Aldermen Horsfall, Bryant, Fawcett and Eaves.
From Newtown, the Mayor and Aldermen Bailey, Tye, Whateley and the Council Clerk.
The deputation proceeded to Mr Donohoe’s and on their explaining their mission that gentlemen readily consented to grant a piece of land from a point at the angle of Wilson Street and Erskineville Lane to a point at the Bridge eleven feet six inches within the present fence. The deputation then interviewed Mr Hawkins and ultimately obtained his consent to grant them an extension of the width of the Road to a point three feet six inches within his fence providing Mr Butler will give the same on the Macdonald Town side of the Bridge.
It was then agreed that in consideration of these grants the Hon the Minister for Works be asked to make the Bridge 50 feet wide.
The deputation then withdrew.
Deputation re’ communication between North and South Kingston.
In accordance with a resolution moved by Alderman Tye on the 16th July, a deputation consisting of Aldermen Tye and Smith and the Council Clerk waited on the Hon the Minister of Works on Wednesday the 21st instant at 11 AM, for the purpose of laying before him the necessity of opening up a more direct communication between North and South Kingston.
Aldermen Tye and Smith directed the Minister’s attention to the great inconvenience attending the present circuitous route of communication between the aforementioned places and pointed out the advantages which would be secured to the inhabitants by making a crossing underneath the railway embankment at the foot of Bedford Street whilst explaining their request as a matter of absolute necessity they urged on him the advisability of early action being taken in order to secure the required land and promised that if the Government would make the crossing the Council will form the requisite approaches.
The Minister replied: —
That he considered the request a reasonable one and was aware of it’s necessity, he therefore would give effect to it by all means in his power.
Apart from it’s being a medium of easy communication he considered it a safe one compared with the level crossing now in use by the residents.
The work must be of a substantial character and it’s completion would be greatly facilitated if the Newtown Council would consent to an abolition of the present crossing.
The deputation promised to lay the matter before their colleagues and after thanking the Minister withdrew.
An ordinary meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on Tuesday 27th August at 7:30 PM.
Present, the Worshipful the Mayor and Aldermen Bedford, Cozens, Goodsell, Smith, Tye and Whateley.
The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed.
Letter from the Australian Gas Company, agreeing to erect 20 additional lamps, was read and received.
A report was brought up by the Works Committee conveying the following recommendations which were considered seriatim: —
1. That the surveyor be instructed to report on the advisability or otherwise of continuing the Kerbing and guttering in Wells Street on the level of that recently laid in front of Mr Hinchcliff’s cottages. Resolved on the motion of Alderman Cozens, seconded by Alderman Tye, that consideration of clause one stand over to be considered in conjunction with the surveyor’s report thereon.
2. Relative to Mr Barlee’s request for repairs of footpath in Charles Street, your Committee decline to recommend any action at present as the Street has not been taken over by the Council.
Alderman Smith suggested that application should be made to the Government for an alignment of all unaligned streets in the Borough, the Mayor promising to place a list of such Streets on the table at the next meeting, whereupon it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Tye seconded by Alderman Cozens, that further consideration of Mr Barlee’s letter stand over.
3. Relative to Mr Pemell’s request that the state of the footpath in front of his gate be remedied your Committee would recommend that a few loads of ashes be placed there on a cessation of the present dry weather. Received and the matter left with the Mayor to direct.
Relative to the best plan of dealing with surface water at the junction of Simmons and Sarah streets was read and referred back for an estimate of cost.
Present by Alderman Smith from certain residents of Kingston praying that the lane between Wellington and Oxford streets be kerbed and guttered. Received.
1. By Alderman Tye, that the sum of £29 be voted for laying Kerbing and guttering a distance of 82 yards in the lane running parallel to Albermarle Street and from Australia to Regent streets and that the same be ballasted throughout. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
2. By Alderman Tye, that the sum of £15 be voted for Kerbing and guttering on north side of the lane running parallel to and between Regent and Denison streets, a distance of 43 yards. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
3. By Alderman Cozens, that the sum of £18 be voted for laying Kerbing and guttering in front of J. L. Duroz’s house in Queen Street, say 40 yards. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.
4. By Alderman Cozens, that the sum of £5 be voted for laying Kerbing and guttering in front of Mr Mitchell’s property in Simmons Street, a distance of 30 feet. Seconded by Alderman Tye and carried.
Alderman Bedford requested the Mayor’s early attention to Linthorpe Street.
Alderman Goodsell directed attention to the fact that about 400 tons of boulders were for purchase in the neighbourhood on which he was authorised to secure it in anticipation of a vote which would be tabled at the next meeting for it’s purchase.
In reply to Alderman Whateley’s inquiries the Mayor stated that no reply had been received from the City Council relative to the watering of King Street.
Alderman Smith called attention to the confusion arising from the fact of their being two Queen Streets in the Borough and expressed his intention to move at the next meeting for the restoration of the name Enmore Road.
The Council then rose.
Confirmed this 10th September 1878.
Signed W. Fallick, Mayor.
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