The Rushden Echo & Argus, 16th July, 1943, transcribed by Gill Hollis
They’ve Even Secured the Keys!
Council Find Premises for Restaurant
Depot Plan Dropped
The High-street shop just vacated by Mr. C. F. Poole may become Rushden’s British Restaurant. The Council Clerk has secured the keys, and at Wednesday’s meeting the Urban Council approved a complete scheme for establishing the restaurant. There has been some quick work, and the enterprise can go forward at once if the Ministry of Food agrees.
The report of the War Emergency Committee, which met on June 24th and July 8th, showed that the Clerk (Mr. T. L. Watts, L.L.B.), on learning that the shop at No. 93, High-street had been vacated by Mr. C. F. Poole, obtained the keys, took steps to ensure that the premises would not be requisitioned by other authorities, and induced the Ministry of Food to earmark the building as a provisional step.
Considering the premises to be particularly suitable as regards situation, layout and condition, and that comparatively little redecoration would be necessary, the War Emergency Committee instructed the Surveyor (Mr. J. W. Lloyd) to prepare details and estimates. These showed seating accommodation for 110-120, certain structural alterations of rooms at the back, and the erection of a brick extension, also at the rear.
First Cost £1,000
It was estimated that a restaurant could be established at a cost of £1,000, including equipment, and that the annual expenditure would be £1,400 a sum which would be reduced if voluntary assistance was forthcoming. The Ministry of Food would provide the equipment and generally make good any approved loss, on the other hand taking any surplus. Apart from this financial control the restaurant would be entirely under the control and management of the Council.
The committee recommended that the scheme be adopted and sent for the Ministry’s approval, and that, subject to this approval, tenders be invited for the adaptation and extension of the premises.
Coun. Capon said he was quite sure that not only those present, but the public in the town, would be glad to see this result.
“Sometimes,” he said, “complaint is made that we are slow in acting. I would not like to say whether or not that is always justified; certainly it is not true in this case. Our Clerk took quick action and everything is proceeding apace.
“If it goes on according to plan there is no reason why before the dark evenings come we should not meet for a feed at our own British Restaurant.”
The Chairman (Coun. Weale) said the committee had not been slow, although it had sometimes been made out in certain quarters that they had been asleep. This was the first good set of premises that had come under notice, and he thought the committee were wise in taking them. The Clerk was very forward in taking steps immediately the premises became available.
No questions were asked, and the report was carried unanimously.