September 1930

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 05 September 1930


The Bolton Urban Council have announced their policy of expansion.

The scheme is to amalgamate with the urban district of Thurnscoe and to bring in the parishes of Barnburgh and Hickleton. And a very good scheme too, whatever Barnburgh and Hickleton—to say nothing of the Doncaster Rural District Council—may think of it.

Such an area would be ideal for development and would furnish reasonable ratable value as the basis for a modern progressive municipal service. It is a scheme that may well commend itself to the West Riding County Council.

We should not like to see the charming village of Hickleton crudely and carelessly urbanised, and yet it can receive and bestow advantages which ought to make its inclusion worthwhile.

Barnburgh is already in part urbanised, and the process will go on more rapidly and systematically if the parish is linked up with an efficient centre of local government.

If Thurnscoe desires expansion and a firmer basis of finance it can hardly do better than go into partnership with Bolton.