Urban Powers Inquiry – 1. Introduction

February 1901

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 08 February 1901

Conisborough Urban Powers Inquiry

Appeal to the Local Government Board

The people of Conisborough are going quite accustomed to local government enquiry. Since first the agitation was commenced in favour of the constitution of Conisborough, Denaby, and a part of Cadeby an Urban Council there have been four such enquiries and the latest was opened on Friday last, and resumed and concluded on Tuesday.

The Local Government Board were represented by one of their Inspectors, Mr W.O.E. Meade King, M.Inst., C.E., who attended to take evidence and hear arguments for and against an appeal against an order of the West Riding County Council constituting parts of the parishes of Conisborough and Cadeby and the township of Denaby and urban district. This order had been granted on application of the Conisborough Parish Council, and the promoters contend that their scheme is in accordance with the expressed opinions of the Local Government Board.

The Conisborough Parish Council first endeavoured to obtain urban powers in 1898, and on June 16th  and 17th a County Council enquiry was held. On 12 October 1898 an order was made by the County Council. The Denaby and Cadeby Main Colliery Company appeal against the order, and in February 1899, a Local Government Board enquiry, which lasted three days was held on the appeal. The result was that the order was not confirmed.

Another application was made to the County Council, and an amended scheme of submitted, and after an enquiry held in March 1900, a second order was granted. This was the order appeal against this week.

As on the former occasion, the appellants were the Denaby and Cadeby Colliery Co Ltd, and others. They were legally represented as follows: Mr Wedderburn, K.C., appeared for the Denaby Parish Council, various inhabitants of Denaby in both the included and excluded parts, various inhabitants of Conisborough both included and excluded, and also for the Cadeby Parish meeting and inhabitants of Cadeby; Mr Bairstow, barrister, Leeds represented the Doncaster Rural District Council and Mrs Bewicke Copley, the latter being the owner of the land the part of Cadeby sought to be included; Mr F Parker Rhodes, solicitor, Rotherham, appeared for the Denaby and Cadeby Main Colliery Co, Ltd, the Denaby Industrial and Cooperative Society, and Mr J.S.H. Fullerton, owner, of the parish of Denaby on behalf of himself and his tenants.; Mr Williamson solicitor, Manchester, represented the Great Central Railway company, the South Yorkshire Junction Railway company and the Sheffield and South Yorkshire navigation Company.

The promoters of the scheme were represented by Mr Waugh, barrister, Leeds, who appeared for the Conisborough Parish Council; Mr Waddy, barrister, for the trustees of the Montagu estate; Mr F Allen, solicitor, for the Conisborough School Board, of which he is the clerk.

Mr Wedderburn was instructed by Mrs Broomhead, Wightman and Moore, Sheffield; Mr Bairstow by Mr F.E.Nicholson, clerk to the Rural Council; Mr Waugh by Mrs Alderson and Dust, Sheffield; and Mr Waddy by Messrs Greenfield and Cracknell. Nearly all the members of the Parish Council were present during the hearing, as well as a considerable number of the more prominent ratepayers.