New Road a link between Penzance and Newlyn


A meeting of the committee to whom this work was entrusted was held at the public buildings Saturday 3rd June 1882 to see what progress has been made and what remains to done.
There were present
Mr T. S.Bolitho in the chair, the Revs. Canon Coulson, W. S Lach-Szyrma, and G. H. Preston, Mr. F. Boase, deputy-mayor of Penzance. Messrs. W. Bolitho (Ponsandane), T.W.Field, T. Cornish, and J Roscorla; Lieut.-Col. Trelawny; and Messrs. A. H. Michell, W. Lawrence, T. Trembath, T. Henry Cornish, and T. Tonkin.

The minutes of the last meeting were read. They contained a record of the Madron Local Board's resolution, as far as they had power to do so, to increase their offer of £600 toward the proposed new thoroughfare, between the present interrupted road and Alexandra-terrace to one-third of the required outlay, not exceeding £800, it being understood that private subscriptions would be sufficient to complete the work and that Government consented to the grant of £800.

These were confirmed.
Sir John St. Aubyn, Bart, M.P., bad been asked reconsider his decision not to subscribe to the work which, it is understood he thinks should be done by the public purse. He has done so, and Sir John would subscribe £50 towards the work provided sufficient funds to complete the improvement is forthcoming from other sources.

Lord Falmouth's agent wrote declining to contribute, as it did not affect his lordship’s property. A letter had been sent, pointing out that the new road improved the communication between the market-town of the district and Lord Falmouth's property in Paul and the south of St Buryan.

Miss Rogers, of 1 South-parade, wrote that her sisters and herself would subscribe £15.
The trustees of the Paynter estates, represented locally Mr. W. C. Pendarves and Mr. Roscorla, wrote that they were desirous of aiding the work, but, having some doubt whether they could make a grant of money from the trust to spent beyond the estates, though for the benefit of the land and tenants, we were taking Counsel's opinion.

The subscription list from Penzance had been increased since the last meeting, by £102 11s.

The announcement of donations from Mr. James Richards, proprietor of brakes, Mr. Mitchell (the Western.") and the Messrs Longhurst (the "Union,") as showing their appreciation of the improved road for driving and walking and, of its importance to visit to the neighbourhood, seemed to give the committee much satisfaction.
Newlyn and Mousehole (by Mr. Tonkin ) subscribed £3 11s
Mr. Trembath said his district was the north side of Paul and not much more than one-eighth part of the whole parish. Nearly everyone was willing to give a trifle, just to show their appreciation of the work.

It was resolved to ask Mr. Henry Giles of Raginnis, and Mr. George Waters, of Moushole to canvas the south part of St Buryan and Mousehole (Mr Tonkin said the fishery bad been poor this year, or more fishermen and carriers would have helped out the scheme). After carefully making up the list it was found that about £200 more was required; the total amount promised, a probable rebate for some the land, and Mr. James Runnalls offer to make the road for £100 (minus his subscription of £25) less than the estimated price all taken into consideration. Mr. Boase said he hoped that Mr. Roscorla and himself might get more from Penzance. He suggested that a full list of subscriptions be published and slips furnished by collectors to show other persons they called on what they what they were doing. He moved, Mr. W. Bolitho seconded, and it was unanimously carried, that a fresh list of all subscriptions to be published and surplus copies of these lists be distributed among those likely to subscribe.
It was said that it was a pity the fine weather and long days were passing away and Mr. A. H. Michell suggested whether, if all were to work energetically, they might not in few days raise the £200
The sub-committee recommended that the old bake house (Mr Kelynack’s) near Newlyn old bridge, be taken down so as to widen the road there; and Mr. Cornish mentioned that very shortly after the last meeting of the trustees of some properties near old Newlyn bridge, who were going to build houses with a roadway of about the width of the bridge, but expressed their willingness to put those houses further westward, which would give a 20 feet road or there about’s.

Mr Trembath mentioned the desirability of fixing the time to start the work, so as to give the tenants of the land notices. Potatoes being drawn from the ground as some of which will be wanted for the new road, and some will be refilled with broccoli. If the route of the road was sorted out, and notice given the cost of failing on that part would be saved.

Col. Trelawny added that road making however, was not like the erection of a house where it was very desirable to roof in before autumn. A road could be constructed in the autumn or even the winter. But a sufficient force ought to make this road. It was thought that no ordinary local force could do the work in that time, but that Mr. Runnalls promised to do the very best he could and wished to have long days —Mr. T. S. Bolitho thought that if the road was open for traffic four months after it was commenced there would be not much room for complaint.

The contracts were drawn up ready for the next meeting and work was due to commence on Midsummer day.
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