Petition against confirmation of the bill in the House of Lords

Petition against confirmation of the bill in the House of Lords presented by HENRY SMITH, Thirsk, Solicitor and DYSON & CO., 24, Parliament Street, Westminster, Parliamentary Agents. Printed by Metchim & Son, 20, Parliament Street, S.W., & 32, Clement's Lane, E.C.

In the House of Lords Session 1879.


Petition Against, on Merits; Praying to be Heard
by Counsel, &c.

To the Right Honorable the Lords Spiritual and
Temporal of the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The humble Petition of the, Undersigned
THIRSK, in the County of York.



1.- A Bill (hereinafter called " the Bill ") is now pending in
your Right Honorable House, intituled "An Act for confirming certain Provisional Orders made by the Board of Trade under ' The Gas and Waterworks Facilities Act, 1870,' " relating to Cleethorpes Gas, Dorchester Gas, Dronfield Gas, Eekington Gas, Enfield Gas, Havant Gas, Longridge Gas, Northfleet Gas, Wantage Gas, Wellingborough Gas, Dorking Water, Herts and Essex Water, Maidstone Water, Margate Water, Mexborough and District Water, Oystermouth Water, Rhyl District Water, Saint Albans Water, Shoreham and District Water Stourbridge Water, Thirsk District Water, Aldershot Gas and Water, Ventnor Gas and Water, and Ystrad Gas and Water."

2. The Bill seeks to confirm various Provisional Orders made by the Board of Trade under " The Gas and Waterworks Facilities


Act, 1870," and among others " The Thirsk District Water Order, 1879."

3. Your Petitioners are Inhabitants of the parish of Thirsk, and they are injuriously affected by the said Order and by the said Bill, so far as it relates thereto, and they object thereto for the reasons herein appearing among others.

4. The object of the said Order is to empower the Thirsk District Water Company, Limited (in the said Order and in this Petition called " the Undertakers"), to supply with water the town- ships of Boltby and Feliskirk in the parish of Feliskirk, and the townships of Thirsk, Sowerby, and Carlton Miniott, in the parish of Thirsk, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. The supply is proposed to be derived by impounding the waters of certain streams in reser- voirs to be constructed under the powers of the Order.

5. Your Petitioners object the proposed scheme as being ill-calculated to afford an efficient supply of good water to the said town and other places included within the limits of the Order, and because, if sanctioned by Parliarlient, they will be precluded from obtaining a supply of water for-themselves, inasmuch as "The Public Health Act, 1875," does not permit them so to do when there is a statutory Company able and willing to supply water in the district, nor can they obtain a supply through another Company, inasmuch as it is contrary to the practice of Parliament to give powers to another Company when a statutory Water Company is established for the supply of the district.

6. Previous to the application for the said Order, the Promoters thereof stated to a meeting of your Petitioners that the undertakers would supply water at certain rates, and your Petitioners gave their consent to the application on the faith of this statement; but the rates proposed by the said Order are much higher than those stated to such meeting, and are, as your Petitioners submit, excessive, Particularly on labourers' and other cottages.

7. Your Petitioners are advised also that the water is unsuitable by its peaty colour, flavour, extreme softness and in other respects, for domestic use, and that no sufficient provision are contained in the Order to insure efficient filtration nor to enforce a constant supply for consumers.

8. Your Petitioners are prepared to show that the storage


capacity of the reservoirs is insufficient to secure to them a proper quantity of water in times of drought, and to provide the necessary amount of compensation water for other parties entitled thereto.

9. The object of the scheme, as put forward by the Promoters in their Prospectus, and as your Petitioners are otherwise informed, appears to be mainly to supply the North Eastern Railway Com- pany with water at their Thirsk and North Allerton Stations. The town of North Allerton is not within the proposed limits of supply authorised by the Order, and the Promoters propose by agreement with that Company, to lay a main from the Thirsk Station along that Railway to North Allerton, a distance of nearly eight miles. This main will for its whole length be unprofitable, and the supply to the Railway Company is, as your Petitioners are informed, intended to be afforded at such a rate as cannot properly remunerate the Promoters who will consequently be compelled to charge to your Petitioners the high rates proposed in the said Order.

10. The Prospectus also puts forward, as an inducement - to shareholders, the possibility of the Company supplying the Town of North Allerton with water, although this is not within their limits.

11. Your Petitioners are advised that the scheme is speculative, promoted with the intention of being sold, if possible, to the Local Authority, as is hinted at by the Prospectus of the Promoters.

12. Your Petitioners are also advised that the scheme is an injudicious one, and defective in various engineering details, and cannot be carried out for the amount stated in the Estimate of Expense. Your Petitioners are also advised that the mode of Construction of the proposed Reservoirs is faulty.

13. If the Promoters obtain Parliamentary sanction to the pro- posed scheme they obtain the monopoly of their district of supply, and your Petitioners humbly submit that it would be unjust to them to force upon them a costly supply of water to which they object, especially when other sources are at hand which are better adapted for domestic use, and can, as your Petitioners have been advised by good authority after careful examination, be resorted to, to supply, and at less cost, not only the parish of Thirsk, but the town of North Allerton and other adjacent places which stand greatly in need of water.

14. The sources of supply to which your Petitioners allude are the springs which feed the Old Gill, White Gill, Marl Pits, and Bridge Becks, situate in the township of Kepwick, in the parish of


Over Selton, in the county of York, and the works required to utilize those sources (or as many of them as would be required) would be be the following (that is to say):-

No. 1.A Conduit or line of pipes commencing at a point on the Old Gill Beck about 800 feet above Ordnance datum (with the requisite branches for collecting the waters of the Old Gill Well and its surrounding group of springs) thence following the hill side on the east side of Old Gill Beck to a point on White Gill about 750 feet above Ordnance datum, and gathering the springs at that point thence following the same hillside to a point on the Marl Pits Beck, about 700 feet above Ordnance Datum, gathering the springs at that point (except a spring known as the Limekiin House Spring) and terminating in a small tank, to be constructed at a point at or near the Kepwick Railway, about 80 yards east of the incline Cottage;
No. 2.A Conduit or line of pipes commencing in and out of the said tank and following the line of the said Railway to the Kepwick Limekilns, and thence proceeding along Limekiln Road and across the Thirsk and Yarm Road to a service Reservoir, to be constructed on the hill known as Musty Bank;
No. 3.A service Reservoir (being the last mentioned Reservoir ) on Musty Bank;
No. 4.A Conduit or line of pipes, commencing in and out of the said service Reservoir, and thence to be laid along the public highway leading to and through the Village of Borrowby to the junction of that road with the main Yarm and Thirsk Road, and thence along that road to Thirsk;
No. 5.A Conduit or line of pipes. commencing in and out of the said service Reservoir, and thence to be laid along the public highway to North Allerton:
No. 6.A storage Reservoir for compensation water to be formed by the construction of an embankment, 130 yards long or thereabouts, across the Bridge Beck, at a point about 300 yards below the junction of the Marl Pits Beck with the stream formed by the junction of the White Gill and Old Gill Becks. The water of this Reservoir will back up


       the Stream 300 yards, and the Marl Pits Beck 250 yards, measured upwards along those respective streams from the said point of junction of the Marl Pits Beck with Old Gill and White Gill Becks.

The works so proposed would supply an area comprising an esti- mated population of about 11,800, instead of, as contemplated by the Order, an area containing a population estimated at about 5,500.

15. The Preamble of the said Bill, so far as it relates to the said Order, cannot, nor can the said Order, be substantiated by evidence.

       YOUR PETITIONERS therefore most humbly pray your Right Honorable House that they may be heard by their Counsel, Agents and Witnesses in support of the allegations of this Petition, against the Preamble of the said Bill, so far as it relates to the said Order, and against the said Order and its confirmation, and against such of the Clauses and Provisions of the Bill as affect the rights and interests of your Petitioners, and in support of other Clauses and Provisions for their protection, and that the said Bill may not pass into Law as it now stands, and that your Petitioners may have such other relief in the premises as to your Right Honorable House may seem meet.

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