HC Deb 24 April 1907 vol 173 cc60-1

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Alexander Thompson, of Canfinton, Rasharkin, applied for a labourer's Cottage about three years ago, and the same was passed by the rural council of Ballymoney and inserted in the scheme, and that the rural council had agreed with. the 'tenant as to the compensation and possession of the lands; and seeing that the Local Government Board and the landlord of the holding have between them blocked the matter, he will grant an inquiry into the reason of the delay why this Cottage should not now be erected, while other cottages in the same scheme are being built.


By a Provisional Order dated 14th July last, the Local Government Board authorised the Ballymoney Rural District Council to acquire a site by agreement for the erection of a labourer's Cottage in this case. The Order became absolute on the 2nd September, and since then the matter has been entirely in the hands of the rural district council. It appears from the evidence taken at the local inquiry that the occupier of the site is now the owner of it, and if it be the fact, as stated in the Question, the rural district council have agreed with him as to the compensation to be paid for the site, the council should have no difficulty in acquiring the site and in proceeding with the erection of the cottage.