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The Division of Glamorgan

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The Division of Glamorgan A MUCH NEEDED REFORM The Swansea Rural District Council having unanimously passed a resolution to the effect that it would be desirable to obtain the voice of all other District Councils in the County of Glamorgan as to the desirability of dividing the County of Glamorgan into two divisions for ad- ministrative purposes, a circular letter has been sent to -each of the Rural and Urban District Council in the County. In the letter it is pointed out that the duties performed by the County Council are so many and varied; that it is ex- pensive for the members of the County ,p C=?i, representing the Western and Northern parts of the County to attend .meetings at Cardiff; and that is is in- creasingly difficult for members represent- mg these districts to devote the neces- sary attention to the work that the Pap id growth of the County is causing a ^continual increase in the duties of the t County Council, apart from fresh duties from time to time entrusted to the County 'Councils by legislation; and that many persons who make efficient members of the County Council are debarred from standing as candidates for the County < Council because of the expeinse. It is also point-ed out that the know- ledge possessed by these persons, of the condition a-nd requirements of their re- spective districts would be utilised to "better advanage if they were membersl of the County Council, and if they were members it is probable that the rates would be more equitably expended, and improvements more fairly spread over the various parts of the County than is at present the case. Finally, the letter states that if the "County were to bo divided into two or three divisions, either of such divisions would compare favourably, both as to population and rateable value with the remaining County areas in Wales. Tha population of the administrative County in 1911 was 742,988; and the statutory acreage 489,529 acres. total rateable and assessable) value of the county for various purposes is contained in the following table Rateable Value t General County Rate Purposes £ 3,570,338 I Special purposes (Police) £3,501,476 Elementary Education £2,040967 The total rateable and assessable values of the various Unions in the County are £ 3,570,338 and' RZ,469,556 respectively, viz. Rateable Assessable Value. Value. £ J3 Br'gen d & Cowbridge 471,617 438,679 Cardiff 703,606 679,042 Gower 67,266 58,316 Llanelly 26,069 25,242 Merthyr 341,623 336,930 Neath 434,077 426,808 Pontardawe 113,713 108,882 Pontypridd 1,261,836 :1,251,698 Swansea 150,531 143,959 3,570,338 :3,469,556 The fact that Anglesey, with a, popula- tion of 50,928 and a rateable value of £223,893 is an administrative, county as are Brecon, Cardigan, Merioneth, Mont- gomery, all with populations of less than 60,000 and Radnorshire with a popula- tion of 22,590 is suffici-ent justification for the plea that the County of Glamorgan should be divided into two portions for administrative purposes. The division is badly needed, and it is hoped that some- thing definite in this) direction will be de- cided upon as a result of the replies re- ceived from the various Councils. 8.e..

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