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More Guardians for Gellygaer. I INQUIRY AT HENGOED. I An inquiry was held at the Council Offices* Hengoed, on Monday afternoon, into the grounds and reasons under which a larger re- presentation on the Merthyr Board of Guar- dians was desired by the Gellygaer parish. Very brief notice of this inquiry was given, as Mr. Frank T. James (Clerk to the Board of Guardians) stated that it was only on Satur- day last that he was apprised of their intention. He at once sent out intimations to the effect that he had received a notice from the Clerk to the Glamorgan County Coun- cil stating that a meeting of the Joint Com- mittee of the Glamorgan and Breconshire County Councils and the Merthyr Tydfil Bor- ough Council appointed under the Local Gov- ernment Act of 1904, would be held at Hen- goed to consider the proposal to alter the num- ber of Guardians representing the Gellygaer parish. Among those present were Aid. D. W. Jones (in the chair), Aid. D. Prosser, Mr. Lewis J. Evans Mr. Biddle, Dr. J. Richards, Mr. B. Hughes, Mr. J Evans, Mr. Lewis Ed- wards, Mr. J. Aurelius, Rev. Father O'Reilly, Mr. Frank T. James, Mr. G. Harris, Mr. Lewis (Aberdare), Mr. Frank T. James said on behalf of the Merthyr Board of Guardians, that on receipt of Mr: Franklyn's letter of the 21st April- which had given the Board very little time to consider the matter—a special meeting of the Board of Guardians was held on Sat- urday last, when a formal resolution was passed to the effect that*if additional representation on the Board of Guardians were granted to Gellygaer there should also be a proportionate increase in the representation of Aberdaro and Merthyr on the basis of population. The Com- mittee appointed, said Mr. James, had met that morning, and discussed the question very fully, and he was authorised to inform the Commis- sioners that they were of opinion that if Gelly- gaer which now bad a representation of eleven on the Board out of 55, should be increased to 13, that the number of Guardians for the parish of Merthvr should then be increased from 20 to 28, and for Aberdare from 15 to 20. This would, of course. increase the membership of the Board from 55 to 70. To increase the re- presentation of one parish re-opened the whole matter of representation. The Chairman pointed out that the present representation of GeUygaer had been based on I the population of 1901, and he would like to bear what the promoters had to say. Mr. Frank James said that as far as Merthyr was ooncerned, from the standpoint of population as compared with other parishes represented, it ought to have 32 representatives instead of the suggested 28. The resolution he had referred to previously was carried unanim- ously. Mr. Lewis Edwards was the first to speak of the claims of Gellygaer for a larger representa- tion, and pointed out that Bargoed and Gelly- gaer Village, with a population of 12,241, had only two representatives. Pointing to the map of the parish which hung on the wall. Mr. L. Edwards showed that by its length and breadth, nine miles by four miles, with so few Guar- dians the poor and needy were put to great in- convenienoe when they wished to see a Guar- dian, and that Ystrad Mynach and Hengoed, which were the portions of the parish without any representative at all, and it was in those places which would shortly have the bulk of the population. Mr. Edwards also dealt with Bed. linog and Fochriw as showing how the present representation was ineffectual to meet the needs of the poor. Mr. Frank James said it was believed that the future increase in population would be in st X the Hengoed and Ystrad Mynach ward, and Dr. J. Richards, when asked for his opinion on this point, confirmed this. Dr. Richards also asked wnether, in case of the increase of repre- sentation bein" granted, it would prevent the parish asking for an increase again at some future date. The Chairman said that if any increase were made they would like it made now on grounds which would not require consideration for years to come. Mr. D. Evans said that Merthyr ought to have had 32 representatives for the past twen- ty years. Some contention arose as to whether the claims of Merthyr and Aberdare had a right to be discussed at that meeting. Returning to the subject of Gellygaer, Mr. J. Aurelius and Mr. J. Evans said that there ought to be two representatives to each ward and two more for Bargoed. Mr. B. Hughes held thatr the position of Gellygaer was alto- gether different from that of Merthyr from the fact that the former was a large and scattered parish, and representatives bad to travel twelve and fourteen miles to get to Merthyr. Mr. J. Aurelius referred to the fact of the recent change which had taken place in regard to the status of the parish in having been grant- ed urban powers. Mr. Frank James said that the present repre- sentation for Aberdare worked out as one mem- ber for a population of 3,193; Merthyr, one member for 3,918 people; and Gellygaer one member to 2,618 people. According to this basis Aberdare should have 21, and Merthyr 35 if Gellygaer had 13. The reason for the increase m the case of Gellygaer were found in the large increase in population and the coming developments. Mr. J. Aurelius drew attention to the great and inconvenient distances the poor had to •' travel to see a Guardian, and urged that there should be two representatives to each ward and three to Bargoed. Aid. Jones espoused the claim of Gellygaer. and pointed to the increase of population from 17,000 in 1904 to 28,812 in 1908-an increase of 11,000. Merthyr had increased by 15,000, and Aberdare by 17,000, and Mr. T.ewis Edwards 1 pointed out that proportionately the increase I wag M gce^t.ia PJ9",

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