HC Deb 04 August 1904 vol 139 cc970-1

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that the water supply of Crossgar, in the county Down, is unsatisfactory, and that two wells, completed a year ago, are not yet in use owing to a dispute as to the area of charge for the construction thereof; and, if so, whether the Local Government Board will take steps to ensure that the inhabitants of Crossgar will have the benefit of this new water supply as soon as possible.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) In December, 1902, in accordance with a resolution of the council, the Board fixed an area of charge for the expenses in connection with the provision of a water supply at Crossgar. Recently the council requested the Board to fix a more restricted area for the purpose, and was informed, in reply, that certain legal points in regard to the making of orders declaring areas of charge for sanitary expenses are not finally settled by the decision given in the Ballycastle case. Under the circumstances, and in view of the fact that another case is pending, the Board has decided to postpone for the present the consideration of applications such as the present. This, however, should not prevent the district council from proceeding with the execution of all necessary sanitary works in their district, as the question at issue will be dealt with at the earliest practicable date.