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I UNIFICATION PROJECI REVtEWED. CONFERENCE AT BARGOED. The much talked of ideal system of administration in the Rhymney Valley Brat mooted in the columns of the Moomoutb Guardian" many years ago, and subsequently in the Bar- Rood Journal and other papers, has again been revived, on this occasion by the Trades anc Labour Councils and kindred asaociationa. On Satur- day a conference of delegates from these lodges was held at the Co-opera- tive Hail, Bargoed, when a member- ship of 33,256 was represented for the purpose of considering the ques. tion of toe unification of the whole of the authorities in the Rhymney Valley. ConnoiHor Morgan Jones, Bargoed, presided,< and expressed his pleasure that such a good master of repre- sentatives of the variona organisations had assemble!. They had met to diaonss a subject which was becoming !noreasing!y important, and as the circular convening the mooting stated, acting as representativea of the people on Idea! administrative bodies, was be- coming more and more dimcult, and problems cropped up which were ao vast and complicated as to make it almost impossible for local bodies to deal eCeotively with them, oircum- scribed as they were by very limited powers. The problems that con. fronted local district councils and county councils had been made more diaicnit and more complicated, be had no doubt, by reason of the war which had j ust passed. Everyone knew that during the war all expenditure upon local needs was very largely held up, for example in connection with the huge Sewerage Scheme through the vaHey. That great scheme was originally intended to cost about a quarter of a million, but which would ultimately cost well towards half a million if not more. That work had been stopped on account of the war, hot it had to be completed, and ite completion involved a very much larger expenditure, M suggested, than was originally contemplated. Simi- larly, other works had been aSected; works which were imperatively necessary, and which would occupy the attention of the local ad. ministrativo bodies in the immediate future, and unless something were done' to enable them to operate effectively, by placing in their hands other powers of borrowing, Ac., he felt that the work would become scant to some degree. It had been borne upon himself and a large num- ber of people for some years that that area was an arest which naturally geographically lent itself to be amt.1. gamttted and unined into one body. Why should not they? Why could not they look forward to the time when the Rhymney Valley would be administered, not by six or seven U.D.C.8, but by one borough council (applause.) They- had in that valley a population of about 100,000, and 100,000 people living in a valley which was new so far as its develop- ments was concerned, was obviously a population which had need of and the right to the introduction of the most modern methods of administration possible. Those modem methods were impossible unless they went in for a unification scheme. Unification seemed to him to be the imperative need of the district and the valley in general. The ChairmM quoted ngures which showed the rateable vafnje of Merthyr Borowgh to be approximately j6290,000, whereM the rateable value of the threw chief councils in the Rhymney Valley- GeIHgaer, Bedwellty, and OaerphiIIy —amounted to about tC38o,000. Coun. Albert Thomas, J.P., sub- agent and secretary for the Rhymney Valley District of Miners, aid it was obviows to everyone that thenaa-nds upon thousands of penndz had been spent by the Councils in the Valley in nghting each other, for what at bottom meant the same thing. The result of this spending was that they scarcely had anything in the Valley. They wsmted to upset that busi- ness He WM on the BedweIIty Couno!! t.nd he told them candidly he was not very particular whether he would go there again. beeMse that thing hae developed into BIaokwood versus the Rhymney Vtdley aide." If he moved that a recreation ground be provided for New Tredegar, a chap from the other side would at once want one for Blackwood and the same wowld happen in regard to other wards. There wae nothing in oom- an- arb", V-Ney with thj I Rhymney Valley. It was only on BedweIIty and Gelligaer, &c. They had the same sport on the individual Councils. Their ward system had de- veloped into the same thing that what he was afraid of was that the fel. ows went there for their own florin- cation rather than to promote the interest and welfare of the people in general. In discussing unification they had to bear in mind that they had veated interests in front of them, all around volleying and thundering. The clerka of the various cooncila were not going to allow it to come about if they could.help it. That was the first obstacle they had to overcome. But if he had his way he would not bother them. He would not as much aa call the eouncils together. He would call their local reprosentativea now in Parliament to a conference to see if they eould not get to the L G.B. and the heads of the lot of them to the point at least of getting an in- quiry, where the rank and file of the Valley oonid give expression to their opiniona on the matter. If they were to get the thing realiaed they ahonid atart at ouee. It waa aaid that the qneation of peuaiona for omoia!a who had been diaplaoed would go againat them, and the qneation was asked. Would it pay ? The anawer was yes it would pay the val!ey to be unmed into a borough by doing away with the ataif and olerka around them. Uninoation would bring all the rich rateable values of the Valley into one common fund which would make it ao much easier to go te the L.G.B. for a loan to carry out improvements. That valley waa :rich enough to en- able them to go te the L.G.B. and get loana for any project, and he wiahed they could bring about incorporation before the housing achomee of the Valley were started. The Press and public men men had directed at- tention to this matter on many occasions. What would be lacking was that the people in general had not taken aumciont interest in the matter. That was what they wanted. They needed to arouse the people. If they ooald get the idea into their heads then uniNoatien would come. Unin- oation would bring control of housing and education, and in the latter there waa Mom for great reform, if only in the method of appointing teaohera. Don't wait for the eonnoila," eon. eluded the apeaker. You have to arouse public opinion, take away the councils and concentrate the whole in one borough, where you would have your Quarter Seeaiona, County Council, Stipendiary Magistrate (bear, hear). Polite, aud where people will demand the beat men to repre- aent them. Mr Walter Lewis, J.P., miners' agent, aaid that some of them had been advocating uninoation of the valley for 18 yeara. In cons !dering unification they had to aak what were their reaouroee, and having found the volume of their reaouroea they had to ponaider how long they were likely to laat, for that was an important oon- aideration when aeeking loana. Their chief reaourcea in that valley was, of oourae. mining. In hia opinion the Bhymney Valley would laat very long aa compared with aome valleys in South Walea who had had vast out- puta of eoal—the Rhondda for example. The Bhondda VaHey had produced mere coal in a giveu number of yeMa them perhapa they eould hope for in the Rhymney Valley in the same period. The aeama were nearer the aurfaoe and they get pita more frequently, and, therefore, the output waa ruahod up. In the Rhymmey Valley the aeama were deeper, and therefore pita were not aunk so often. In his opinion the good aouroea of wealth in toe Rhymney Valley would laat v<ry long. So on the point of sources of wealth there ahould be no trouble in diaouaaing uninoation, by which he meant a complete charter of incorporation, by which one authority could adnMniater the whole of the public anaira from waterahed to water ahed. In that valley they not only get nve er aix counoila, but they had two counties and several Parlia- montMy Diviaiona affected, and thoae were dimcu!tiea to which he nrat ea!!od attention to 18 years ago. The indi&erenoe of the intervening period had added to the dimeulties by reason of developments, and the increase of vested interests which had become more strongly extradched. It dii not need much imagination to see that a bridge was needed across the valley between Bargoed and Aber. bargoed. If they could only get the people to realise thia point—a com- munity of interest, and that unii!ea- Mwm wwuM tonett them immes)ss!y, I- then he thought the idea would be realiaed. It would be a good thing to make unincation a popular cry at the forthcoming local eleotiona. (Hear, h<MM-.) Mr PeMwon, Gd&toh, who h&d obaerved the' tmomaHea referred to, opoke atrongty in anpport. Councillor WiHy Jonea, Peogam, &!to wupported strongty, and exprooaed the hope that tihe aonnda of the ideals hettrd in the apeechea would not live merwiy In the walla of the hall, but that the proposals would be put into tppliotttion. Mr Alfred Da-viea (Bargoed) ea.id there oould be no two opioiona on the matter. Unification would be to the intereat of everybody and would ,ehminsto waste. Mr Brown (Maohon) and ConnoiMor the Rev. Gilbert Williama, Pontlottyn alto atrongly supported the movement. Aftef further disonaaion a reae!u- tion WM paaaed deotaring that the time tad arrived for the uni&cation of the whole of the local anthoritiea in the Valley, and pledging the Con- ference to Me all it endeavours to bring about the realisation of the Mhemo.
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