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THE INCORPORATION OF THE TOWN. THE wisdom and urgency of steps being taken to effect the incorporation of the town found expression in a few opportune references made by Mr. JOSEPH MAYBERY at the ordinary monthly meeting of the Llanelly Borough Council held on Monday last. There is, as was effectively pointed out by Mr. MAYBEBY in the course of his short address, a. particularly urgent reason why this much-needed change in the municipal government of the town should occur this year. In a short time, it will be the I duty of the local authorities to enter into negotiations for the loan of a large sum of money for carrying on two or three important public works affecting the well-being of the town and port. Those acquainted with municipal finance are fully cognisant of the fact that an incorporated town can borrow money on more advantageous terms than a district council. The special urgency of the initiative contemplated by the Borough Council is there- fore obvious. Sooner or later, the local authorities will have to consider this question of incorporation. It has been delayed for years, but it cannot be delayed indefinitely. If Llanelly is to take its proper place among modern commercial towns, proper in respect of its status, commerce and resources, a charter of incorporation must be obtained. Even those who have hitherto been disposed to object to the change which is once again brought prominently to the front willconcede that eventually the necessary formulas will have to be observed. The question, therefore, in- evitably suggests itself: Why not take the pre- liminaries now and thus accelerate the legal process guaranteeing the bestowal of the charter in order to obtain the financial advan- tages associated with a condition of incorpora- tion ? The money has to be borrowed. In- corporated towns are able to effect loans at a cheaper rate of interest than district councils. There is the position in a nutshell. It is expedient, therefore, that the forma, municipal and legal, should be immediately taken in hand. Herein lies the element of urgency. In the broader and general purview of the question, however, there is, it appears to us, little less force in the reasons which should constrain the Borough Council to lead the movement in favour of the proposed change. When the pro- posal was last under discussion, there was, we are aware, a considerable amount of cpposition raised against it, although even then, some few years ago, the feeling was fairly divided. We believe that a great change has taken place in the public mind in relation to the question of late years. The opposition has been slowly but surely thinning down, and we should not be in the leasi sur- prised to find that if a town's meeting were now summoned by the Borough Cotiz)cil- a meeting which we hope soon to see held-an over- whelming majority of votes would be cast in favour of the proposal. Indeed, a ananimous vote would be no surprise. During the last few years several events have occurred which have forcibly brought home the disabilities and disadvantages dissociable from the paro- chial limitations of the existing municipal vogue. We have had evidence from all quar- ters of the penalty of insignificance from which towns undignified in their municipal life by a charter of incorporation cannot escape. li, seems to us, indeed, that if the public men of Llanelly are to be true to the traditions of the town, if they are resolved to do all that in them lies to guarantee that Llanelly shall not suffer from a dearth of timely and appropriate municipal initiative, they will not hesitate to assist in paving the way towards completing conditions of local government by the inauguration of the change in the direction I indicated.