Incorporation of Huddersfield.
On Wednesday a meeting of the Improvement Commissioners of Huddersfield was held in the Board Room, "to consider further, in conjunction with ratepayers and deputations of neighbouring local boards, the question of a Charter of Incorporation." The chairman detailed the position of affairs. A meeting having been held at which explanations were given and a desire expressed that the members of the Local Boards would ascertain the feeling in the district and report to the present meeting, and then he spoke of the water supply, and called upon Mr. Batley, the clerk to the Improvement Commissioners, to read a letter received on the subject from the Waterworks Commissioners. Mr. Batley read the letter, which was to the effect that if a charter of incorporation were obtained for Huddersfield and the adjoining districts, they would be willing to entertain an application for transferring the works and powers to the Corporation, under the Act of 1857, and they had no doubt arrangements might be made for such a transfer which would be mutually satisfactory to the Corporation and to the Waterworks Commissioners. Mr. A. Crowther, on behalf of Lockwood, stated that the Local Board and the ratepayers had decided to join Huddersfield in going for a charter of incorporation, provided a good supply of water could be obtained.
Mr. J. Day, for Moldgreen, stated that they had not passed a resolution, but, at a ratepayers' meeting, it was decided unanimously to join Huddersfield for a charter.
Mr. J.N. Sykes, for Lindley announced that the Local Board and the inhabitants had decided that it would be advantageous to join Huddersfield in a charter of incorporation.
Mr. E. Crosland stated that the Local Board of Marsh were opposed to the scheme.
Mr. J.H. Swift, for Fartown, expressed the opinion that seven-eighths of the inhabitants were in favour of the incorporation with Huddersfield.
Mr. W.H. Johnson said the Local Board of the ratepayers of Deighton had unanimously agreed not to join Huddersfield.
Mr. J.H. Bradbury informed the meeting that the Bradley Local Board and the ratepayers had decided to oppose being joined to Huddersfield by every means in their power.
Mr. Briggs, for Almondbury, said no decision had been come to, as more information was wanted by the Local Board before they came to a decision; individually, he sympathised with the movement.
Mr. Batley road a letter he had received from the Newsome Local Board declining to send a deputation to the meeting, and stating that they considered it was not desirable their district should be incorporated with Huddersfield.
A discussion took place on the next steps to be taken, in which Messrs. Wright Mellor, J. Wrigley, jun., J. Day, N.R. Croft, E. Sykes, and others took part, and ultimately Mr. Wright Mellor moved, "That this meeting having heard the reports of the neighbouring local boards respecting the proposed incorporation of Huddersfield, respectfully requests the Huddersfield Improvement Commissioners to take the initiative for the purpose of obtaining a charter."
Mr. E. Crosland (Marsh) asked if Mr. Mellor meant a charter for the whole of the places represented by the boards invited?
Mr. Mellor would not say that.
Mr. Berry (Lockwood) thought the Local Boards should have some say in the matter.
Mr. Wrigley, jun., said it might be to take the initiative in conjunction with the Local Boards.
The Chairman thought the Local Boards should be consulted.
Mr. Fenton thought a committee of Improvement Commissioners and representatives of Local Boards might be appointed.
Mr. Clough said the Improvement Commissioners had no power as commissioners to incur any expense in the matter, but would aid it individually.
Some discussion ensued, in the course of which Mr. J. Wrigley, jun., said the assenting districts with Huddersfield had a population of 70,000 to 80,000, and the dissenting districts about 8,000.
Some further information was also given as to the boundary, the borough rate, and cost of watching.
Mr. Wright Mellor did not press his resolution, and the meeting terminated by thanks to the chairman, after he (the chairman) had stated that the Improvement Commissioners would consider the matter as to boundary, &c., and would not take active steps without communicating with the Local Boards.