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POSTBOX

Dear Editor
Re: City Status?
As a historian and a speaker, I give many talks on famous characters from history. One of these is the very beautiful but much maligned Emma, Lady Hamilton.
My researches have taken me far and wide and I was fascinated to see on page 37 of your excellent paper, reference to celebrations to be held in June 2017 on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of St Asaph’s city status! FIFTH? Should that have read 500th or even 1000th ? Jean Hart Kislak, a wonderful and very famous American collector has a huge archive on Emma and presented a sensational exhibition at The Grolier Club in New York. The exhibition catalogue has many ancient maps. One of these helps illustrate Emy Lyon [the later Emma, Lady Hamilton]’s move at only two months of age, with her mother, in 1765 from Ness in the Wirral Peninsular to Hawarden in North Wales. The map is actually dated 1627 (by John Speed – The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain. London: George Humble 1627) [Kislak archive: 2010.105.00 0001].
This map showing the whole of Wales also carries two side panels with the twelve county towns of Wales and the four diocesan CITIES – Bangor, Llandaff, St Davids and ST ASAPH. ST ASAPH was a city back in 1627 and much earlier.
Yours sincerely John Michael Corfe
Editor’s note - It is quite right that St.Asaph has been an ecclesiastical city for centuries but was never a civic city with letters patent or charter recognised by monarchs and governments. In 2012 St.Asaph received letters patent bestowing civic City Status

Council tax booklet goes live online

Your Money, Denbighshire County Council’s definitive guide to all things relating to council tax has now gone live online.
The Council recently set its budget for the 2017/18 financial year. In terms of council tax, this means an increase of 2.94% for Denbighshire residents (this takes into account a 2.75% increase in the county council element, as well as the town/city/community council and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s precepts).
Every year, the Council produces a booklet that explains all the facts and figures behind the council tax settlement, how that money is spent and details on how to pay your council tax bills.
The booklet also gives information on business rates, small business relief discounts and what kind of support is available if residents struggle to pay their council tax. The booklet is produced electronically and can be found by visiting www.denbighshire.gov.uk/counciltax under the ‘How much is your Council tax? section.