NORTHERN NEWS with which are amalgamated the
HALTWHISTLE and ALSTON NEWS and NORTH CUMBERLAND REFORMER.
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No. 421. - VOL. IX   SATURDAY MARCH 26, 1898  PRICE ONE HALF-PENNY
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BRAMPTON PARISH COUNCIL.

The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Tuesday, the members present
being the  REV. S. FALLE (Chairman),  MESSRS  RIDDELL,   BROAD,   PENFOLD,
SMITH,   T. BELL (Howard Arms),   RUSSELL,   ROUTLEDGE,   LEE,   BELL
(Longtown Road),   BURN,   CHEESBROUGH   and   WINTHROP, with the Clerk (MR.
PATTINSON).

URBAN POWERS:  A SAVING.

A sub-committee, consisting of the Chairman,  MR. RIDDELL and MR. BROAD, was
appointed some time ago to report with reference to the present charges on
Brampton Parish as compared with what they might be expected to be under
Urban powers.  A statement drawn up by them was submitted to the meeting.

The charges at present falling on Brampton are:

District roads.........................................................£427
10s 9d
Special expenses, sewers, gas, etc..........................£859    8s 7d
General sanitary expenses.......................................£334  14s
Salaries (total £212) Brampton's share......................£42  10s
Parish Council clerk..................................................£10
Stationary.................................................................£
5

Total....................................................................£1,679
3s 4d

Under an Urban council the estimated charges are:

District roads (11-1/2 miles)....................................£157 16s
10d
Special sanitary.......................................................£859
8s   7d
General sanitary......................................................£181
Salaries...................................................................£132
Office expenses.........................................................£15
Loss under Agricultural Rating Act.............................£52   4s
Total....................................................................£1,397
8s  7d

This leaves a balance of £281  4s  9d, which would be in favour of Urban
management, equal to a rate of 3-1/2d in the £.

The CHAIRMAN said the making out of the statement had not been an easy
matter.  Some had been rather impatient and thought they were wasting time,
but his colleagues would bear him out in stating that they had to correct
and go through the statistics several times over.  The greatest difficulty
they had was with reference to the general sanitary expenses.  The greatest
saving from the parochial point of view was in the district rate.  In
Brampton they had 11-1/2 miles of district roads, and the cost would only be
£157 16s, instead of  £427 20s 9d which they contributed at present.

MR. CHEESBROUGH asked how long the load for the sewerage and water had to
run.  There would be a considerable saving to the rates when that was paid
off.

MR. RIDDELL said the loan was contracted in 1876 for thirty years.  The work
was commenced in 1870, but the Board dealt first with the bank.  Of course
this expense had no bearing on the question under discussion, since it was
paid by Brampton at present.  Of course the repayment of the loan in eight
or nine years time would relieve the ratepayers considerably, and it was
satisfactory to know that the pipes, some of which had been examined, were
as good as the day they were put in.

The CHAIRMAN added that the Committee had no recommendationn to make on the
statement, they preferred that the whole Council should decide.  If,
however, the statement served no other purpose, it would at least let the
ratepayers know what they had never been able to know before --- why they
paid the rates, where the money went to, and under what heads it was
expended.  It showed exactly how much Brampton had to pay, and put them in a
very good position in making their petition to the Local Government Board
against the cost of the horse and cart being made a special charge on the
parish.  The Local Government Board had answered their letter, and the
answer would be before the District Council.  They must, however, show
something more than a saving to rates if they applied for urban powers.

MR. PENFOLD:  If we can prove we are paying more than our share, is that not
a reason ?

The CHAIRMAN:  Not before the Local Government Board.


MR. WINTHROP asked for the committee's report, and the CHAIRMAN informed him
that the statement before him (a copy had been furnished to each member) was
the report.

MR. WINTHROP:  Then I am sorry to see it.

The CHAIRMAN:  I thought you were fond of figures.

MR. WINTHROP:  Apparently you are asking me to say something.  I find here
that Urban powers will save 3-1/2d in the £ in the rates.  I am prepared to
challenge any member that he cannot show it in an authoritative way.

The CHAIRMAN:  You have searched the books before you make that statement ?

MR. WINTHROP:  I have not gone thoroughly into it, but I am prepared to
prove it.

The CHAIRMAN:  If you will show me one thing in which we are wrong, we will
change it.

MR. WINTHROP:  I can*****************tistics laid down, and therefore won't
argue, but if you will give me time.........................

MR. CHEESBROUGH:  Does MR. WINTHROP doubt the accuracy of these figures;
they are obtained from official records.

MR. WINTHROP:  I do doubt them, and I believe the CHAIRMAN doubts them too.

The CHAIRMAN:  Have you any authority for that statement MR. WINTHROP ?  I
cannot allow you to say that MR. BROAD, MR. RIDDELL, and myself agreed to a
statement which you allege is neither accurate nor true.

MR. WINTHROP:  I am prepared to say you cannot save 3-1/2d in the £.  Is any
member of the sub-committee prepared to swear that the parish of Brampton
will save that by Urban Powers.

The CHAIRMAN:  Speaking for myself, I am not, nor am I required to do so.

MR. WINTHROP:  Then I say examined and found not correct.

The CHAIRMAN:  You have not examined it, and therefore you know nothing
about it.

MR. WINTHROP:  I take your word for it.  I don't want to cast a slur on any
one, but to get on with the business.

MR. RIDDELL:  Is it business-like to get up and question the statement when
you have never set eyes on the books, and know no more about them than the
man in the moon.

MR. WINTHROP here subsided for the evening.

MR. BROAD remarked that salaries and other expenses had been calculated on a
more liberal scale than was the case with other Urban Councils from whcih
information had been obtained.

MR. LEE thought the fact that they would save the rates by an Urban Council
would tell against them with the Local Government Board.

MR. CHEESBROUGH:  It might be a question of more efficient administration.

MR. LEE:  Would it be more efficient ?

MR. RIDDELL said an Urban Council would have greater powers, powers which
they could not get with a District Council.  He thought, however, they
should not move till they saw how the District Council acted with regard to
making the sanitary cart a special charge on the parish.  They now knew what
Brampton contributed, and he contended it would be unfair under the
circumstances to place any further special expense on the parish.

MR. BROAD vindicated the accuracy of the statement, and moved that it be
entered in the minutes, which was agreed to.

PUBLIC LIGHTING.

The Council confirmed the resolution of the Parish meeting of 11th December,
by ordering that a precept be issued for £140 for public lighting.

AT LIBERTY.

MR. SMITH moved and MR. BURN seconded that a vote of thanks be accorded to
the Chairman for his services.

The CHAIRMAN, in reply, said he was going to get up to wish them goodbye,
but it was pleasanter to have this motion made, and he was very much obliged
to MR. SMITH and MR. BURN.  He had tried to perform the work of chairman,
sometimes under difficult circumstances, as impartially as he could, but he
did feel tonight like a schoolboy in a school breaking up for a holiday, so
they must not take it badly if he said that he was very glad this was his
last meeting - his last apperance in that chair.

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