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RETURN To an Address of the Legislative Assembly for copies of all orders in Council, letters, and correspondence… British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1888

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 51 Vic. Obstruction of Public Highway near Ladner's. 331
RETURN
To an Address of the Legislative Assembly for copies of all Orders in Council, letters,
and correspondence relating to the gazetting the public road from Ladner's
Landing to the townships' line dividing townships 5 and 6, New Westminster
District.
By Command.
F. G VERNON,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Lands and Works Department,
6th March, 1888.
The Clerk of Delta Municipality to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Ladner's Landing, October 8th, 1883.
Sir,—I have been instructed by the Delta Municipal Council to inform you that a
building has been erected at Ladner's Landing on the public highway (as gazetted) running
from Ladner's Landing to New Westminster, and that said building is an obstruction to the
public use of said highway, and to request you to take the necessary steps to compel the
removal of the same.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Wm. McKee,
C. M. C.
The Surveyor-General to the Clerk of Delta Municipality.
Victoria, B. C, 11th October, 1883.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 8th
inst., complaining, at the instance of the Delta Municipal Council, that a building has been
erected on the public highway at Ladner's Landing, forming an obstruction to the use of the
same, and requesting the Government to compel the removal of the building. To enable the
department to act intelligently, I must request you to kindly state the name of the person
who has thus trespassed upon the public highway, and to give further particulars.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
x* Surveyor-General.
Mr. Ladner to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Ladner's, 24th October, 1883.
Dear Sir,—I beg to state that I am the person referred to in resolution of Delta Council
of building on supposed roadway, and would beg that your department meet me on the ground
at your earliest convenience, and I am in a position to show you that I am not a trespasser on
said roadway.    It would be better for all parties to have the matter fully explained.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Wm. H. Ladner.
P. S.—A few minutes on the ground will explain the whole matter, and, I am satisfied,
to the satisfaction of all concerned.
(Initialed)        W. H. L. 332 Obstruction of Public Highway near Ladner's. 1888
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works to Mr. Ladner.
Victoria, 26th October, 1883.
Dear Sir,—In reply to your letter of 24th inst., I beg to say that it would be quite
impossible for anyone from this department to examine the roadway at your place, as you
request, at present, and I am of opinion that the question is not one requiring the interference
of the department. Under sub-sections 63, 70, 71, 72, and 73 of section 104 of the Municipality Act, the Council has all necessary power to determine the matter; and its members
being on the spot, will be in much better position to act intelligently and fairly than anyone
at a distance could do. It seems to me that, instead of seeking the interference of the
Government, the Corporation should jealously maintain its authority and independence in such
matters.
Yours faithfully,
(Signed)        Wm. Smithe,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
The Clerk of Delta Municipality to the Surveyor-General.
Ladner's Landing, November 5th, 1883.
Sir,—I have been instructed by a resolution of the Delta Municipal Council to inform
you, in answer to your communication of 11th October, that Mr. W. H. Ladner is the party
referred to, he having erected a building within the road limits, as defined in your letter of
the 13th September, 1883.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Wm. McKee,
C. M. C.
The Clerk of Delta Municipality to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Ladner's Landing, November 27th, 1883.
Dear Sir,—The Delta Municipal Council will meet here on Saturday first, and they
instructed me to request you to send an answer to my last communication, with regard to the
shed built near Ladner's Landing on the trunk road, as gazetted, by Mr. W. H. Ladner.
I have, &c,
(Signed) Wm.  McKee,
C. M. C.
The Surveyor-General to the Clerk of Delta Municipality.
Victoria, B. C, 29th November, 1883.
Sir,—The Honourable the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works directs me to
acknowledge the receipt of your communication of 27th inst., and to send you the enclosed
copy of a letter addressed to W. H. Ladner, Esq., on the subject in question, dated 26th
ultimo, which fully explains the position he feels to be justified in taking.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Surveyor-General.
Mr. Ladner to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Ladner's, 28th November, 1883.
Sir,—I beg to inform you that I fetched yours of 26th October before the Council here,
and after having permission to read it from the Chairman pro tern., they refused to act on it,
for the reason that it was addressed to me in a private capacity. It seems they are afraid to
tackle the question. 51 Vic. Obstruction of Public Highway near Ladner's. 333
I wish the fullest investigation in the matter, and am satisfied that I have an undoubted
right to build on the land in question, as a part of it I now use as a garden for small fruit,
and never has been alienated by me, and nothing less than an Act of Parliament can convey a
road through a person's orchard, garden, or land for the convenience of his buildings, and still
think that if the department will send some one here on the ground the thing can be settled
in a half an hour.    The person can return to Victoria next morning by return steamer.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Wm. H. Ladner.
The Surveyor-General to Mr. Ladner.
Victoria, 29th November, 1883.
Sir,—The  Honourable the   Chief  Commissioner of  Lands and Works  desires  me  to
acknowledge receipt of your communication of the 28th inst., and to inform you that  he  can
see no reason to change his views on the subject in question, as explained to  you  in  a letter
dated 26th ultimo.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Surveyor-General.
VICTORIA: Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Government Printer,
at the Government Printing Office, James' Bay.

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