Huddersfield Chronicle (09/Oct/1852) - Holme Reservoirs

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The recent heavy rains having caused numbers of families in Holmfirth to be much excited, and afraid to retire to their beds on account of the state of the Holme Styes Reservoir, it is time for some one to open again this much vexed question. It is very unreasonable that the public should be kept in fear if it be possible to prevent it ; and I am of opinion if mutual concessions were made by this parties interested, the evil might be remedied. At all events the reservoirs should not be permitted to remain in the dilapidated state they are.

With the powers of the present act I see no possibility of any substantial repairs, for a mill-occupier on the Billberry stream will refuse to tax himself to repair a reservoir he derives no benefit from ; and seeing the mortgagees have had no interest for seven years past, it would be exceedingly hard upon them to appropriate the rates for the other two or three years, for repairs. I would suggest that an arrangement be come to with the mortgagees to take two and a half or three per cent interest.

The cost of each reservoir shall be ascertained from the accounts, and the mortgage and other debts shall be divided amongst the three in proportion to the cost of each.

And that the Commissioners on each reservoir and stream down to the King’s Mill shall appoint their own surveyor to make the rate to pay the interest agreed upon on such portions of the debits, and any further sum that may be required for the repairs and working expenses, but not to exceed the maximum rate named in the act, vis. — Billberry stream, 30s. per foot ; Holme Styes, 35s. per foot ; and Bowshaw Whams, 25s. per foot.

An Act of Parliament would be required to carry out such division, and to regulate the keeping of the accounts, settlement of the interests, &c. The costs of the act to be defrayed in proportion to the cost of the reservoir.

I believe the mortgagees would find money to repair the Holme Styes at a rate of interest to be agreed upon. Also for the restoration of the Bilberry, if the £7000 granted by the Belief Committee was insufficient.

By your inserting this in your valuable paper it may induce parties interested to turn their attention to the subject, when some feasible plan may be found that would benefit the mill occupiers and allay the public anxiety.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
October 6th, 1852.