RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH WEST BLACK COUNTRY

 
 

 

 

 

County Express
incorporating
BRIERLEY HILL, STOURBRIDGE, KIDDERMINSTER & DUDLEY NEWS
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE & EAST WORCESTERSHIRE CHRONICLE


No. 132.] SATURDAY, 10th., JULY, 1869 [ PRICE ONE PENNY

District Intelligence
—————
STOURBRIDGE

COMMISSIONERS MEETING.— The original meeting of the Commissioners was held on Wednesday, Mr. Stringer presiding. The members present were Messrs. Allsopp, Morris, Newnam, Levi, Young, Hughes, Healy, Woolley, and Walker. Minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.— The Clerk read the letter from the Board of Trade, permitting the Great Western Company to abandon the making of a branch railway to Foster Street.— Mr. Hughes said that the Board of Trade permitted the abandonment of the branch in question, but there was no reference to either a station at the bottom of the town or in Coventry Street.— Mr. Healy pointed out that the Great Western Company had a bill to make a branch to the lower town. That branch they were bound to carryout, unless they had the permission of the Board of Trade to abandon it also.— Mr. Hughes contended that the reply from the Board of Trade meaningless, and he urged that either the Commissioner’s should memorialise the Board of Trade to compel the Railway Company to carry out a branch either to the lower end of the town or to Coventry Street, or that a towns meeting should be held on the subject.— Mr. Walker thought it was evident from the letter that the Railway Company intended to make a station at the bottom of High Street, and that any action they might take in any other direction would be of no use.— On the suggestion of a member Mr. Shepherd (of the firm of Harward, Shepherd and Harward) was sent for, to give the Board information on the subject.— Mr. Shepherd said, on his arrival, that his firm had had no communication from the Board of Trade, and all they had to rely upon was a letter received by the Clerk of Commissioners, and some verbal communications from the engineer of the Stourbridge Railway Company. He gathered, however, that the Board of Trade intended to permit the abandonment of the branch line to Foster Street.— Mr. Hughes said that what the meeting wished to know, was whether it was incumbent upon the Great Western Railway Company to construct a station in the town.— Mr. Shepherd said that it was incumbent upon them; and, in answer to another question, he said he thought it was obligatory on Company to construct the station within 18 months.— Mr. Hughes asked whether, in Mr. Shepherd’s opinion, a memorial from the Commissioners and the inhabitants of the town to the Board of Trade would have any effect on compelling the Great Western Company to erect a station in the town.— Mr. Shepherd said that it was dependant entirely upon the directors of the Great Western Company whether the station should be in Coventry Street or at the bottom of the town. The proper persons to petition would be the directors of the Company. He did not think that the Board of Trade had any locus standi in the matter at present. Mr. Shepherd went on to point out that in the letter received by the Clerk, the Board of Trade suggested that something might be done under the 23rd section of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway Act. By that section the Great Western Company would be compelled to carry their line above the road at the bottom of the town, and it would be so expensive that they might be prefer to put the station at some more convenient point. The matter then dropped.


(Continues with general business)