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From the Sussex Express, 16th July 1889


An adjourned meeting of the Watercourt for the Lewes and Laughton Levels was held on Saturday at the County Hall. Lord Hampden, GCB, presided, and there also attended Mr G Bushby, Mr E C Currey, Mr W Mannington, Mr R H Powell, Mr W F Ingram, Mr R Blaber (deputy clerk), and Mr T Colgate (the expenditor).

Mr J F PLAISTER, secretary to the Portland Cement Company, wrote that he was instructed to inform the Commissioners that the directors intended to lay down a tramway to connect the company's clay pit with their siding at Glynde Station, which would supersede the telpher line now in use. To do this it would be necessary to construct a bridge across Glynde Reach, and it was proposed to erect it where the telpher bridge now stands. The headway and waterway would be the same as at Glynde bridge. He requested the necessary permission from the Court, and in a subsequent letter wrote 'your immediate attention to this matter will oblige'. Mr BUSHBY suggested that the company should send in a description of the bridge they were going to build, and then the matter could be referred to the committee. The CHAIRMAN said the company would be quite prepared to lay plans before them. The tramway would be laid down for a distance of a mile, and would be used for horses or steam engines, as the case might be, and the company were very desirous of doing the work during the winter months, and then be used in the spring. They were very anxious to have the Court's assistance in saving time. It was agreed to refer the matter to the committee, who may, if they think fit after examining the plans sent in by the company, consent to the work being carried out.

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