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BARRY AND THE QUESTION OF A SEPARATE POOR LAW UNION. LIKE a giant refreshed with wine, the question of the establishment of a sepa- rate Poor Law Union for the Barry district and adjoining parishes has been revived with increased energy and vigour. Notice was given by Alderman Meggitt to bring under the notice of the Local Board, at its last meeting, the question of the desirability of forming a separate Poor Law Union for the Barry district, and Mr Meggitt, in doing so, explained that the Local Government Committee of the County Council, with the view of putting into operation in November next the provisions of the Parish Councils Act, were considering a scheme for the re- arrangement of Poor Law Unions in the County, and in order to bring the claims of the Barry district prominently before the county authorities, Mr Meggitt urged hat a committee be appointed to prepare facts and figures to lay before that body. Mr Meggitt' likewise introduced a sugges- tion for increased representation in the Barry district. It is a singular fact that the parishes of Barry, Cadoxton, and Merthyr Dovan, with a population of about 15,000, have only the samelnumber of guardians as they had years ago when the population was scarcely bfilf that number. The ratable value of th.6 district also has advanced three or four-fold, so that the claims set forth both for a separate Union and for increased repre- sentation are justified to the utmost' possible degree. Mr J. Jewel Williams, one of the guardians of Cadoxton parish, in seconding Mr Meggitt's; motion, advanced additional arguments of a powerful character in support of the movement. If, Mr Williams stated, the ratepayers of the Barry district two years ago contributed an enormous sum per annum towards the Union fund more than they received in return, the same argument could at present be made use of more forcibly than ever, for at least six- pence-halfpenny in every shilling was paid by way of poor rate for which no return whatever was received. Our readers will fully concur with Mr Williams that the Cardiff Union, as at present constituted, is altogether an un- wieldy institution, and the sooner the county parishes are separated from those of the town the better for the interests of all. We believe Mr William Thomas was right when he stated, in the course of the discussion, that the movement for the formation of a separate Union at Barry will receive little or no opposition at the hands of the town guardians, and a golden opportunity is, therefore, now afforded the public of Barry and the surrounding I districts, to take advantage of the present interposition of County Council, and aid the Local Government Committee in for- mulating a scheme for the establishment of the Barry Poor Law Union, which will unquestionably prove more economical arid efficient in operation than has been the case under existing arrangements. This week we simply" open the ball." In future issues we will deal more ex- haustively with the question, jind we invite correspondents to interest them- selves in the movement, and avail them- selves of the medium which our columns afford to promote one of the most impor- tant schemes which, from a local govern- ing point of view, has ever affected Barry. <0. v' ■■ '.>' ,'4 «V K-' i HOW THE CARDIFF CORPORATION MAY MONOPOLISE BARRY. THE proverbial "sour fruit''still make their appearance in the attitude of opposition continually taken up by the Corporation of Cardiff towards Barry interests. What the Cardiff Council really require is to monopolise the staple industry of Barry and make Barry to all intents and purposes a handmaid to Car- diff. This the Corporation are now endeav- ouring to accomplish by means of the pro- posed formation of a Harbour Trust for the entire district. Mr Archibald Hood has stated the Barry directors are willing to assist any scheme that has for its object the uniting of interests calculated to aid in the development of the trade and port, whereby the antagonism of the past would be abolished, provided the interests of the Barry shareholders were safeguarded. It is pointed out by the Cardiff Corporation that difficulties might arise if Cardiff were asked to pledge the rates of Cardiff for property at Barry, but the committee appointed in the matter suggest that the borough be extended to take in Barry, together with a portion of the land lying between the two places, which land would carry with it the fore- shore. The Barry directors may offer no serious objection to this proposal, but the Local Board have yet to be taken into confidence, and before any legislative powers can be obtained by the promoters of the scheme, the local authority at Barry will fully satisfy itself that the public interests of Barry shall not be interfered with.