Mexborough and Swinton Times July 13, 1928
“Foreign” Labour and Street Lamps
Civic Sunday Sunday Departure.
Objections to the setting on of “foreign” labour and to the provision of lights at the public expense in private roads, were made by Ratepayers’ Association representatives at -the meeting of the Conisboro’ Urban Council; when also an innovation in “civic Sundays” for this district was made by the chairman’s issue of an invitation to members and officials to attend service at a Roman. Catholic church.
Mr. George Brocklesby, the accountant, asked that a mistaken impression caused by a report of their last meeting, be corrected. The impression had been given that the amount of rates against the Yorkshire Amalgamated Products which had been written off as irrecoverable, had been remitted by the Council; and other ratepayers felt that if that were so they had a grievance. But it was not so: the rates had been written off because the firm’s assessment had been reduced, and there was therefore no option for the Council. Works assessments went up or down according to production.
Lighting Private Roads.
Mr. It. W. Gillott objected to a recommendation by the Sanitary and Highways Committee that additional street lamps be erected between Lowfields Tunnel and Kilner Bros’. works, and near the entrance to Dutton’s slaughterhouse in Denaby Lane. Mr. Gillott said he did not object to the first item; but he did to the second, which meant the erection, at the public expense, of a lamp on a private road leading to Kilner’s works.
The Clerk said there was no obligation on owners of works to light their private roads.
Mr H Gomersall said he could not see any different between providing lamps on the pit road for their ratepayers who were employed at the colliery and providing the lamp to which. Mr. Gillott objected
Mr. GIllott moved the reference back of the recommendation, and Mr. J. I. Webster seconded.
The resolution was carried an the recommendation referred back.
Mr. C. E. Webster raised a complaint about the alleged setting on of “foreign labour in face of an application for the same job by a Conisboro’ man. They ought to give what work they had to men in their own district.
The Chairman (Mrs. Kaye) said that matter had already been dealt with. Efficiency came before everything else, and they must rely on the judgment of their responsible official in a matter of that sort.
Mr. Irad Webster said he knew the Conisboro’ man who was turned down, and he did not think any fault could have been found with his work.
Mr. 3. T. E. Collins, chairman of the Housing and Town Planning Committee, said the question was raised at the meeting on Monday ‘ and the Surveyor’s explanation was accept€%d. He said he had chosen the Doncaster joiner because he had worked for the Council before and his work was of such efficiency as to be an example to other workmen. The Surveyor did not like missing the opportunity of securing his services. At the same time he added that more men would be wanted for such work in the near future, tan .l the other man would therefore be considered again
Mrs. Lever said she understood the Conisboro’ man’s work had given great satisfaction in his work for the Welfare trustees, and as he was a local ratepayer with a large family, ho ought to have been set on.
Mr. J. I. Webster said he also wished to record a protest. He was not going to be satisfied “with any explanation that brings in a non-ratepayer in preference to a rate-paver.”
The Surveyor (Mr. H. Thirlwall) said the Doncaster man was promised work before a brick was laid, and again when he, among several workmen, tradesmen particularly, were dispensed with on their former housing scheme. It was at his discretion who should be set on. He thought it ill-advised of the Conisboro’ man—who , had already been told that the other man would be set on, but that he would probably be found work later—to go round complaining to councillors of ill-treatment . It was essential that the Council should get the utmost value for the labour for which they paid: and it was not fair to dispense with a man who had already done them good service.
The Chairman said she thought it a most Pernicious practice for people to go complaining to councillors, when they should go to the appointed official. If they wanted to speak to councillors they should go to the Council meeting and speak to them altogether.
Mr. Arthur Roberts gave notice of his intention to move at the next meeting of the Council a resolution on the Government’s Budget proposals as they affected rating relief.
Invitation To Church.
The Chairman invited the members and officials to accompany her to service at St. Alban’s Church, Denaby , on Sunday, 22nd July, assembling at the Denaby Cinema at 10-3,0 a.m. She it said that several chairmen of other Councils had promised to attend—and incidentally mentioned that she believed she was the oldest woman Council chairman in the country.
The Mona Club committee have agreed to the putting of a notice outside their premises, notifying that the ‘bus stop shall in future be there instead of at the Star Hotel, on the Council’s payment of 1s. a year.
The Council have agreed to the Doncaster and Tickhill Water Board’s Bozo to lay a main through the Conisboro’ urban district, and have decided to give evidence in support of the Board’s application for the Ministry’s sanction to a loan to cover the cost of the work.
The contracts for scavenging during the year ending July 31, 1929, have been let to W, Buckley, on the following tenders: Old Conisboro’ £905. New Conisbrough £220, Denaby £380. Conanby £250.
A plan for a house for Dr. T. Forde has been approved on condition that the building be set back to the building line laid down for county roads.
Orders to distrain are to be taken out against allotment tenants who have been summoned for rent arrears, unless they pay within 14