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Description of Rhondda Wards.


Description of Rhondda Wards. The forthcoming Rhondda District Council election affords an opportunity of testing the system of the Ten Ward Scheme, which, pro- moted tome time back, comes into operation with the advent of tho approaching election. Much has been said en the unfairness of the old system of five wards. The rerih ision re- sults in the district being more equally divided into ten wards with three members to each ward. There is no gainsaying- the fact by means of the change, the representation will be more thorough. Equality seems to be the motto of the inauguration of the ten ward scheme, and for such a populous district 38 the Rhondda., the notified change is desirable and important. The following will suffice 10 delineate the extent of each ward with its estimated population at the ratio of 6.5 per house, and the number of voters for each ward according to the returns of the last Revision Court, commencing with the upper part of the Rhondda in rotation with the wards. The No. 1 Ward extends from the remote part of the Rhondda down to a point by Ynys- wen defined thus: To th3 boundary between "YViysfeio and Ynyswen Farms, and on the south-west of the river down to the boundary between Cwmsaerbren and Nantdyrus. The polling places in this Ward are Blaenycwm and Treherbert. The estimated population is 10,387, with a number of 1,240 as voters. No. 2 Ward extends from the boundary of No. 1 Ward down to the Tynybedw Colliery Incline which forms the boundary between No. 2 and 3 Wards. This Ward, therefore, in- cludes the whole of Treorky, and also Cwm- park. The polling places are Treorky. Tyny- bedw, and Cwmpark—the latter, for the first time, having been made a polling district of its own. The estimated population of this portion is 11,671, while the number of voters reaches 1,480. No. 3 Ward runs from the Tynybedw Col- liery siding down to the Ward boundary to the Cross Road on the south-east of the Railway Inn (which means that the Railway Inn acts as boundary), and on flie south-west of the river down to the Bwllfa Ocean Colliery In- cline. This, therefore, includes the whole of Pentre down as far as the Railway Inn and that part of Ton down as far as the Bwllfa Incline. Estimated population, 11,479; num. ber of voters, 1,419. Polling places, Pentre and Ton. No. 4 Wiard.—This commences from the pcint near Railway Inn, and runs down as far as the boundary between Tyntyla and Tir Wil Bach Farms (the Partridge Hotel) cn the north-east of the river, and from the Bwllfa Colliery Incline to the Ward boundary being the Nantgarw Brook. Estimated population, 11123; number of voters, 1,249. Gelli forms a polling district in above with Bodringallt. No. 5 Ward includes the polling places called Lljwynypia, Court, and Clydach Vale. This includes the whole of Llwynypia from the- Pontrhondda Bridge down to the Tonypandy Bridge, and the whole of Blaenclydach and Clydacli Vale. Estimated population, 13,494; number of voters, 1,690. No. 6 Ward contains the remain- der of Tonypandy down as far as the Nantgwyn Brook and the whole of Trealaw from the Partridge Hotel down as far as the boundary wall of the Cemetery in Cemetery Road. Poling places, Tonypandy and Trealaw. Estimated population, 10,771; number of voters, 1,218. No. 7 Ward consists of the part on the south of the river from Nantgwyn to Ffrwdamos (meaning the Penygraig portion in Ystrady- fodwg Parish), to include as much of Gilfach Gcch as lies in the Ystradyfodwg Parish, and the portions called Williamstown, Edmunds- town, and Dinas down to the boundary be- tween Tynycymmer and Graigddu Farms, in the Southern Parliamentary Division of Gia- morgan. Polling places, Penygraig and Dinas, Estimated population, 10,933; number of voters, 1,217. No. 8 Ward includes the portioi from the boundary between the Tynycymmer and Graig- ddu Farms down to the district boundary -it Hafod, including Cymmer, Hafod, and Forth, up as far as the boundary between Penrhiw- gw>nt and Penrhiw Farms. The polling plr.ces are at Hafod, Cymmer, and Porth. Es- timated population, 15,335; number of voters, 1.801. No. 9 Ward.—The remainder of Trealavv from the Cemetery Boundary to the junction of the Rhondda River, and from that point up t. the boundary between Penrhvs Isaf, Pen- rhys Uchaf, and Cwmllwyndar Farms on the west, and from there to the boundary between Hendiefadog and DufTryn SafiVwch. Farms, i.e., the end of Tylorstown, and on the eaiti of the river from the boundary between. Peu rhys and •Penrhywdyv.-yllgoed Farms up to the boundary between Pendyrus and Blaen-i llechau Farms. This Ward, therefore, jjtt* eludes Ynyshir, Wattstown, Pontygwaithyi Stanleytown, and Tylorstown. Estimated population, 14,705; number of voters, 1,627< No. 10 Ward.—On the south of the rivef from the boundary dividing Hcnlrefadog rnyl Duffryn Saffrweh Farms (the end of Tylors- town) up to the district boundary on the Iiortll cast-the end of Maerdy and on the nortli., east of the river from the boundary between Pendyrus and BlacnlleeïlClll Farms to the boundary dividing the Aberdare and the RhoB- dda Urban Districts, i.e., the v.-hole of BlaeO- llechau. Polling district^, Fernale, Maerdy, and Blaenllechau. Estimated population 16,589; number of voiers, 2,057. The polling districts have been so well- arranged, thanks to the efforts of the assist* ant-oyerseer, Mr David Jones, and others, that the voters will, be well accommodated, several old 'Cli",ricii ies and obstacles having been re- moved. That the arrangements are satisfac- tory will not be doubted, and in the coming elections the Ten Ward Scheme with its inno- vations, will be given a sound trial.


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