FROM the Archive this week features a postcard of The Murch, Dinas Powys, before the common use of the motorcar and modern asphalt roads.

The state of roads in the village has been a hot topic for many years.

In 1893 a disgruntled ratepayer from Dinas Powys wrote to the newspapers to complain about the state of the roads especially The Murch approach.

He claimed that the road flooded three times a week with a foot of water.

The letter signed, "Top Boots," also claimed he was getting a small boat ready for the use of residents to get around the village.

The roads and footpaths at that time were under the control of the Dinas Powis Highway Board which met monthly.

Even with regular meetings the Board was embroiled with disputes over footpaths and with contractors.

Perhaps it's time to reinstate the Dinas Powys Highway Board and its monthly meetings!

The Penarth Times would like to thank Cllr Chris Franks for the photograph and information.

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