Conisborough U.D.C. – Electricity – Market – Slaughter Houses

December 1921

Mexborough, and Swinton Times, December 17th

Conisborough Urban Council.

Electricity Welcome.
Prospect of a Public Market
Slaughter House Methods

A meeting of the Conisborough Urban District Council was held on Wednesday evening, Mr H.C.Harrison, presiding.


The Council, had under consideration the Sheffield, Rotherham, corporations electricity scheme, and it was decided that no action should be taken until the Bill, now before Parliament, becomes law. The Council also passed a resolution supporting the granting of an order, by the Electricity Commissioners to the Electric Distribution of Yorkshire Ltd, for power to supply for all purposes within the council’s area

A Public Market.

The Chairman said the question of a Public Market, and be mentioned, and there might be something in it. It was their duty to find out what there was in it, and whether it would be an advantage or a disadvantage to the district. It might be an advantage to the district, but it required careful consideration, and he thought it was wise that the Committee should fully go into it before it was discussed at length by the Council. It had many phases, and there were many things in connection with it, that required careful consideration.

If it was going to be an advantage the district, they must not turn it down without serious consideration, and he was sure they must be equally careful not to saddle the district with something that would not be remunerative at all.

He proposed that the Finance Committee should deal with the matter, and report to the Council.

Mr Norwood seconded.

Mr Brocklesby said he did not oppose it, but they must be very careful how their money was spent. If it was carried through at the present time. It would involve considerable expense. There was another difficulty, which was, while it was desirable that they should have a market in the district, where should be placed? It was also suggested, and he thought it had probably emanated from the New Conisborough and Denaby end, that there should be a Market Place there.

He thought if it was necessary to have a permanent market they should have one which would serve the whole district. If they could find a site near the station, they would attract the traders from a distance, and it would be a very great convenience to have railway facilities so close. The whole thing bristled with difficulties, and the suggestion was one of considerable seriousness.

The Committee should seriously consider it, and not be too speedy in reaching a decision.

The chairman agreed, and said the Committee to give it the most careful consideration before any report was made.

The motion was carried.

Slaughter Houses.

The report of the Sanitary and Highways committee contain a decision that the draft bylaws be adopted an application be made to the Ministry of Health for their sanction.

Mr Dutton asked if the bylaws with regard to slaughterhouses had been thrashed out by the Committee, with reference to mechanically operated instruments.

The Clark said they had not.

Mr Dutton said he would like to say, as a practical man, that there was no mechanical method as effective as their own old methods. There have been demonstrations in public abattoirs in different parts of the country, and there had not been a case where the mechanical instruments had been as effective as the pole axe. The animal was not stunned as quickly, was not bled as well, and would not keep as long, and at Birmingham, after a special demonstration, they had agreed not to include mechanically operated instruments in their bylaws.

Locally at Doncaster, where hundreds of cattle were killed, there was a mechanical instruments, and it was not used once in 200 times, which proved to his mind, that it was not good, and that the pole axe was the best.

He asked that the bylaws should be amended to read “without mechanically operated instruments.”

Mr Norwood said they recommended it as the most humane method of killing.

Mr Dutton said most humane method was the old method. It can be proved by every demonstration throughout the country.

Mr Smith moved that the consideration of the matter be referred back to the Committee.

Mr Brocklesby said the matter had received careful consideration from the Committee, who had  recommended what was described as the best method of stunning a beast. Now it seemed it was not the best. If it was skilfully used (and they should be skilful men), it was reported as the best method, as it had been reported. Time after time other methods to bring down a beast had been unsuccessful, and there was some form of cruelty.

The Chairman asked if they did not mean to leave the matter to the person judgement, and they could use mechanical instruments or Pole axe whichever they thought suitable.

Heavy Water Consumption

Mr Brocklesby raised the question of the consumption of water. He thought the present consumption was a very heavy one, and that they might in the future have a shortage of water. They had had but very little rain, and their supply was drawn from a very large area. He thought people should be a little more careful in their use of water.

The Chairman said he agreed water was too precious to waste.

Mr Brocklesby said he hoped the public´s attention would be drawn to the heavy consumption.

Dr McArthur said 20 gallons a day was not too much for a village. From 20 to 22 gallons per head was a normal consumption. He did not think there was much waste.

The Price of Milk.

Mr Brocklesby said that with regard to the milk supply, the Sanitary Committee was interviewing the milk dealers, and there were some signs that the matter was receiving attention.

Mr Norwood said the Sanitary Committee had suggested that the milk producers and retailers should meet the Committee at a conference to see if they could not alleviate the prices, adjudicate on them, and find a more satisfactory basis. He was told that day that milk are gone down to 9d per quart, and on that reduction the producers had sacrificed 3d and the retailers 1d per gallon.

The Chairman and Messrs Brocklesby, Robinson and Urch were appointed on the Doncaster and Mexborough Joint Hospital Board.

The Pastures.

A letter was read by the Clark (Mr Marshall) from the Mexborough and District Employment Committee, with reference to the reclamation of North Ings, and stating the Governments facilities for bringing the land back to cultivation should be taken advantage of, and asking all local authorities on what action they propose to take.

The Chairman said it was no use attempting to do anything until they had finished working there. It was no good employing men on work that was going to be no good when it was done. When they could offer any tangible scheme. They would support it.

This course was agreed to


Application is to be made to the Ministry of Health for their sanction to loans for street works amounting to £1403 and sewerage works amounting to £145, in connection with the Housing Scheme.

Tenders for the erection of the new houses are to be invited.

The attention of the Divisional Surveyor to the County Council is to be called to the dangerous condition of the footpath on the main roads during frosty weather, and also with regard to the slow progress made with the repairing of the footpath in Doncaster Road, Conisbrough.

The Surveyor has been instructed to attend to the street lighting in Denaby Main.



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