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INCORPORATION: ITS ADVANTAGES…

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INCORPORATION: ITS ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES. The incorporation of the town is the burning top;c of the day at Pontypridd, and it will sooP form the subject of discussion at Barry. Last Friday, an influential deputation from the Chamber of Trade waited on. the Pontypridd Local Board petitioning that the growing and prosperous town of Pontypridd be incorporated' It was only to be expeoted that a request, in- volving such great and extensive changes, should be met with opposition from some members, at least, of the Local Board and from a consider- able section of the ratepayers. To this, as to every question, there are two sides and in this; as in every reform, there are ad-vantages and disadvantages. We will endeavour to deal briefly and dispassionately with the two sides of the question. Incorporation will cost something to the rate- payers. If it is not opposed, and legal assist- ance and advice is thereby rendered unnecessary, it will only cost, according to the Clerk of tbe Board, the trifling sum of JE50. If, however, such a step will meet with opposition, it will be impossible to say what the cost will amount to. The rates, also, of a corporate town [ire generally heavier than those of a town governed by a Local Board. Why it should be so, we do not quite understand but such is the case. It cannot be because corporations, as a rule, ha;,e the control of the borough police in their owJJ hands for the Home Office contributes half the sum required for the maintenance of tbe police fore 3 in every case alike. Possibly tbe greater expenditure is due to the fact that cor- porations have the right to appoint their o auditor, while the Local Government Board appoint an official to audit the accounts of locid boards. The consequence is that corporatIons are not so closely watched in the matter Of expenditure as are local boards. We know Of some cases where corporations' spend thousand every year for wines and cigars alone. With a healthy and vigorous public opinion existing outside, we cannot, however, see why corpora- tion accounts should not te as carefully and rigorously scrutinised as those of any local authority. The advantages of incorporation are great and lasting. A corporation adds to the dignity and importance of a town, and to a thriving commercial centre, such as Pontypridd, tbis additional dignity would be of great pecuniary value. We believe, also, that a more vigorous ind healthy public spirit would be aroused, md a better class of men would be enlisted in jhe service of the municipality. There would je a greater object of ambition setbeforg then1' md an aldermanic chair would prove a fit fe-. svard for a life of self-sacrificing labour in tbe interests of the ratepayers. Nor should it be forgotten that a Mayor can be chosen from out' side, as Lord Bute at Cardiff, and Sir. J obJJ Llewelyn at Swansea, have been this year- rhis will give the town the opportunity Of 3eing represented on- special occasions by meIl iVhoRe duties woull prevent them from con- ;esting an election. Cardiff, great and wealthy )orough as it is, will not soon forget the magPI- icence of Lord Bute's year of office, or tbe 'egal hospitality which he extended to the British Association. Nor is Swansea likely to. !orget the services which Sir John Llewelyn 'endered it during the last year, and the dignity md generosity with which he welcomed tte National Eisteddfod to the town. Pontypridd vill soon te extending a welcome to the old Welsh institute n: and, I efore many years, it s not unl kely that it will be visited by otbetØ-