Records relating to Pontypool Urban District Council, 1895-1973.
Pontypool Urban District Council Records
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Administrative / Biographical History
Pontypool Urban District Council (UDC), Monmouthshire, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. It was enlarged on 1 April 1935 by amalgamation with Abersychan and Panteg urban districts and comprised the parishes of Abersychan, Pant-teg and Pontypool. The Council comprised a number of councillors and a chairman. Its responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector. Pontypool UDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation and its functions were assumed by the new Borough of Torfaen.
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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Pontypool Urban District Council, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff, 1969); A Vision of Britain website (www.visionofbritain.org.uk), viewed 19 September 2005; Civic Heraldry of England & Wales website (www.civicheraldry.co.uk), viewed 19 September 2005.
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