I have just come into possession of a booklet written by Edgar Chappell on a proposed reorganisation of Welsh Local Government from 1942. If people are interested I will have a go at doing the maps for it.
Headline proposals were of a single Welsh council to handle common services, what we would call back office services today and two regional councils with about 37 districts below that. If two regional councils were thought too much then he suggested 5 regions.
Any comments on these, bearing in mind this was a 1940 suggestion.
Just looking at the border area between "Bangor" and "North Wales Coastal Resorts", I've noticed that Llanfairfechan has been split in twain. I'm assuming that this is just a mistake?
Also, accounting for the fact that these are proposals from the 1940s, in this day and age I'd be more inclined to put Caerhun in the "Coastal Resorts" area, or at least the Henryd community area, as it seems to me to be pretty much in Conwy's commuter orbit.
I would also like to express my disapproval of the mangling that Meirionnydd has received...
Well the map is mine based on his notes - so the mistakes are mine, and its not using the boundaries that were there at the time (I used boundary assistant) so they are just illustrative of the broad sweep of his suggestions. As pointed out the county councils had existed for less than 60 years at the time so he didn't consider their boundaries important. He was more inclined to follow river basins than hill ridges for the boundaries and had issues of distance in rural areas rather than those in more compact urban areas. You have to also take into account that the population was distributed differently at the time.
As far as I can see from reading other things the merger of Denbighshire and Flintshire was proposed as long ago as 1890, likewise sometime later the merger of Breconshire and Radnorshire.