VICTORIA by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting Whereas by the Municipal Corporations Act 1882 it was enacted that if on the Petition to Us of the Inhabitant householders of any Town or Towns or District in England or of any of those inhabitants praying for the grant of a Charter of Incorporation We by the advice of Our Privy Council should think fit by Charter to create such Town Towns or District or any part thereof specified in the Charter with or without any adjoining place a Municipal Borough and to incorporate the inhabitants thereof it should be lawful for Us by the Charter to extend to that Municipal Borough and the inhabitants thereof so incorporated the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act And it was further enacted that every Petition for a Charter under the said Act should be referred to a Committee of the Lords of Our Privy Council (in the said Act called the Committee of Council) and that one month at least before the Petition should be taken into consideration by the Committee of Council notice thereof and of the time when it would be so taken into consideration should be published in the London Gazette and otherwise in such manner as the Committee should direct for the purpose of making it known to all persons interested And it was further enacted that where We by a Charter should extend the Municipal Corporations Acts to a Municipal Borough it should be lawful for Us by the Charter to do all or any of the following things (a) To fix the number of Councillors and to fix the number and boundaries of the Wards (if any) and to assign the number of Councillors to each Ward and (b) To fix the years days and times for the retirement of the first Aldermen and Councillors and (c) To fix such days times and places and nominate such persons to perform such duties and make such other temporary modifications of the Municipal Corporations Acts as might appear to Us to be necessary or proper for making those Acts applicable in the case of the first constitution of a Municipal Borough And that the years times and places fixed by the Charter and the persons nominated therein to perform any duties should as regarded the Borough named in the Charter be respectively substituted in the Municipal Corporations Acts for the years days times places officers and persons therein mentioned and the persons so nominated should have the like powers and be subject to the like obligations and penalties as the officers and persons mentioned in those Acts for whom they would be respectively substituted And that subject to the provisions of the Charter authorised thereby the Municipal Corporations Acts should on the Charter coming into effect apply to the Municipal Borough to which they should be extended by the Charter and where the first Mayor Aldermen and Councillors or any of them should be named in the Charter should apply as if they were elected under the Municipal Corporations Acts and where they should not be so named should apply to their first election And whereas certain inhabitant householders of the Poor Law Parish of St Mary Kidwelly Within did in the month of September One thousand eight hundred and eighty three petition Us for the grant of a Charter of Incorporation And whereas such petition was referred to a Committee of Our Privy Council and one month at least before the same was taken into consideration by the said Committee notice thereof and of the time when the same was so to be taken into consideration was duly published in the London Gazette and otherwise as directed by the Committee And whereas Our Privy Council have recommended Us to grant this Charter of Incorporation We therefore as well by virtue of our Royal Prerogative as in pursuance of and in accordance with the Municipal Corporations Act 1882 or any other Act or Acts and of all other powers and authorities enabling Us in this behalf by and with the advice of Our Privy Council Do hereby grant order and declare as follows (1) The District situate within the limits set forth in the first Schedule to these Presents is hereby created a Municipal Borough by the name of the " Borough of Kidwelly" (2) The inhabitants of the said Borough of Kidwelly within the limits set forth in the first Schedule to these Presents and their successors Shall be and are hereby declared to be one body politic and corporate by the name of the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Kidwelly with perpetual succession and a Common Seal and may assume armorial bearings (which shall be duly enrolled in the Heralds College) and may take and hold any lands tenements and hereditaments which may be vested in them by Scheme under Part XI. of the Municipal Corporations Act 1882 and such other lands and hereditaments as well without as within the Borough as may be necessary for the site of the buildings and premises required for the official purposes of the Corporation and other the purposes of the Municipal Corporations Acts provided that such other lands do not exceed in value the amount of One hundred pounds by the year (3) The Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of the said Borough shall have the powers authorities immunities and privileges usually vested by law in the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of a Municipal Borough nnd the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Acts shall extend to the said Borough and the inhabitants thereof incorporated by this Charter (4) The number of Councillors of the Borough shall be twelve (5) For the purpose of making the Municipal Corporations Act 1882 applicable in the case of the first constitution of the said Borough We do hereby so far only as regards the first Burgess List first Burgess Roll and first election of Councillors Mayor Alderlmen Auditors Assessors Town Clerk and Treasurer for the Borough fix and order as follows:— (a) The Town Hall in the Town of Kidwelly shall be the place at which any list notice or document required to be affixed on or near the outer door of the Town Hall is to be affixed and (b) Both in relation to the matters aforesaid and also in relation to any such election as aforesaid which it may be necessary to hold before a valid election can be held under the Municipal Corporations Act 1882 Daniel Charles Edwards of Kidwelly aforesaid Solicitor or in case of his death inability refusal or default Mansel Rees of Llanelly Solicitor shall perform the duties of the Town Clerk and Thomas Morgan of Kidwelly aforesaid Gentleman or in case of his death inability refusal or default David Harries of Kidwelly aforesaid Gentleman shall perform the duties of the Mayor and the Assessors for revising the Burgess List and the separate list of persons qualified to be Councillors and the said Thomas Morgan or in case of his death inability refusal or default the said David Harries shall perform the duties of the Mayor and Aldermen respectively as returning officer and of the Mayor as summoner of the first meeting of the Council and of the Mayor or Chairman of the meeting for the election of the Mayor Aldermen Town Clerk and Treasurer And the said persons shall be substituted in the Municipal Corporations Act 1882 for the said Town Clerk Mayor Assessors Aldermen and Chairman respectively so far as relates to the matters aforesaid and (c) The first election of Councillors shall take place on the second day of November One thousand eight hundred and eighty five and the first meeting of the Council of the Borough shall be held on the ninth day of November One thousand eight hundred and eighty five (6) The years and days specified in the second Schedule to these Presents shall be the years and days for the retirement of the first Aldermen and Councillors who shall retire in the manner and at the times therein designated (7) Subject to these Presents and the provisions and directions in the second Schedule thereto the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act 1882 shall apply to the determination of the qualifications of the first Burgesses the making out signing delivering inspection completion publication commencement and continuance of the First Burgess Lists and Burgess Rolls the claims objections and determinations with regard to the first Burgess Lists or Rolls the holding adjournments and decisions of the first revision Courts the nominations elections and continuance in office of the first Mayor Aldermen Councillors Auditors and Assessors the appointment and continuance in office of the first Town Clerk and Treasurer the first meeting and quarterly meeting of the Town Council and all matters and things touching and concerning the above and the dates and times in the said Act mentioned shall be the dates and times on at during within or for which the matters aforesaid and the various acts and things in relation thereto shall take place be done be estimated or be calculated.
FIRST SCHEDULE Metes and Bounds in the Borough.
The area of the Borough created by the Charter shall be coextensive with the area of the old Borough which was co-extensive with what before the twenty fifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and eighty four was the area of the Poor Law Parish of St Mary Kidwelly Within.
The one third of the Councillors who are elected by the smallest number of Votes shall go out of office on 1st November 1886 The one third of the Councillors who are elected by the next smallest number of Votes shall go out of office on 1st November 1887 The remaining one third of the Councillors shall go out of office on 1st November 1888 The one half of the Aldermen who first go out of office shall be those who are elected by the smallest number of Votes and shall go out of office on the Nov. 1888 The remaining one half of the Aldermen shall go out of office on the November 1891 If any Councillors or any Aldermen have obtained an equal number of Votes or have been elected without a Poll so that it cannot be determined which of them has the smallest number of Votes the Council of the Borough shall at the first or second quarterly meeting and not later by a majority of Votes or in case of equality of Votes by the casting Vote of the Chairman determine who are to go out of office at the times above specified respectively In witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent Witness Ourself at Westminster the twentieth day of July in the forty ninth year of Our reign By warrant under the Queen’s Sign Manual
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