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THE AMALGAMATION OF DENBIGH- SHIRK AND FLINTSHIRE. On Tuesday a very largely-attended meeting of the magistrates of the county ofDenbigh was held at Denbigh to consider the proposal accepted by the county of Flint, that the counties of Denbigh and Flint should be amalgamated for administrative purpose under the new County Boards Bill. The Chairman (Captain Boscawen) explained that it was only by a majority of one voteâthe chair- man's vote in factâthat Flintshire magistrates had decided in favour of amalgamation. He protested against the scheme of amalgamation" blotting out one of the counties. If am.malgamation took place, it should be for administrative purposes only, aud neither county should loss its separate existence. Again, arrangements must be made to secure that Denbigh did not suffer. The county debt flf Flint was £li ,320, whilst that of Denbigh and it would be absurd to expect Denbigh to bear this heavy debt; besides the roads in Denbigh were vastly superior to those of Flint- A long and animate discussion arose. Mr. E. Swetenham, M.P., said that, with certain stringent safeguards as to the preservation of the rights of Denbighshire and freedom from the debts of Flintshire, he favoured an amalgamation. Mr Griffith (deputy chairman) protested strongly against the county being asked by the Government to give an answer on a subject of such vast import- ance to the ratepayers, whilst they were kept absolutely in the dark as to all the details of the scheme and what it would mean. Mr T. Williams (Llewesog and Birkenhead) supported the amalgamation as did Sir Robert Cu liffe, Bart., if safeguards were made as to the finances. Mr O. Walker moved, and Mr H. Sandbach seconed a motion protesting against Llandrillo-vn- rhos (Colwyn Bay), Llanelian, and Llansantffraid being taken from Denbigh and attached Carnarvon- shire, ani it was carried unanimously. The YVTarden of Rutbin (Rev. B. O. Jones) pro- posedâ" That this court of quarter sessions is of opinion that it will promote economy and efficiency of administration if the counties of Flint and Denbigh be united for administrative purposes provided always that the debts of the counties shall remain exclusively charged on the area of the counties as they now stand, and that the repairs and maintenance of the Flintshire roads shall continue to be charged on the county of Flint until they shall be certified byjan independent surveyor to be in an equal state of repairs generally with these in the county of Denbigh." Mr Swetenhai), M.P., seconded the motion. Mr W. D. Griffith (deputy-chairman) movedâ That, in the entire absence of all information as to the constitution or functions of the propose new county boards, and of any detailed scheme for the suggested union of the counties of Denbigh and Flint for administrative purposes, showmg how the debts of the respective counties would be dealt with or on what principle they would be heie sfter rate for county purposes, as well as to show how varia" others details would be arranged, enabling the court to judge what effect such a union might bav. on the interests of the respective counties, and al-o having no information as to what may be the alter- ations within the existing boundaries of che countie- this court is not in a position to give any definite opinion as to such a union, and certainly canno; express its approval of such a scheme in its present unshaped form." Mr H. Sandbach seconded, and, on going to a division, the amendment, refusing to express au opinion as to the amalgamation, was carried by a majority of one vote in an extremely large meeting.

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