Slaithwaite Notes: Past and Present (1905) - Chapter XXXIV

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Chapter XXXIV. Courtship and Marriage for the Colne Valley

I do not know that much more can be said on this most desirable subject, except to get it put into working order. To do this there must be none of that cold isolation which seems the unfortunate position of the three desired dominant partners, viz., Marsden, Golcar, and Linthwaite. Slaithwaite will be willing, I have no doubt, when the happy time comes, and it is but paying the other townships a deserved compliment to say that there are few district councils better managed than Slaithwaite — that have better sewage works, less rates, purer water supply, or more advanced education. They have a town hall, with baths and pleasure grounds, etc. From this it will be seen that Slaithwaite is seeking no advantage, but has more to give than receive, and has only one desire, and that is the common weal of the Colne Valley. Then why should there be any more delay? The whole district requires this combination. It will be better for the poor, giving greater security to their health and well-being. The rich, better for themselves, as they will be in an improved position to help their neighbour by conferring greater blessings than they were ever able to give before. One clerk, whose duty would be to the whole borough, would be an immense gain, and the sanitary inspector, instead of being local and isolated, would be a power in the neighbourhood to safeguard the health of the people. Then they could combine for a number of other things which with four divided Boards is quite impossible. Besides, it would keep away the encroachments of Huddersfield, with its high rates and heavy burdens. What say ye, men of Linwaithe, Golcar, and Marsden? It seems to me it all depends on you. If you are not willing to court or be courted, there can be no chance of marriage between you. One may be justified in saying you have nothing to lose and all to gain in strength, influence, and progressive power. Will you do it, and be equal to the hour, time, and occasion? So far you are not much behind, therefore be not so in this great and important matter. Much of the local power would remain as it is to-day by the respective wards retaining command of the roads and expenses. Not only this, but by the combination greater power would be given to the central authority, to be equal to any municipality in Yorkshire to well govern its people. But it is no use further preaching; it is the saving that is now wanted; and to secure salvation for all some one should take the lead, and the most sensible step to take would be, in my opinion, for the local authority of Slaithwaite to call a friendly meeting of those interested to discuss the matter fairly and frankly. You may be a little shy at first; but you will buckle to and make one happy family — at least, this is the hope and belief of the writer.[1]


  1. Nothing came of it.

Slaithwaite Notes: Past and Present (1905) by John Sugden