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The Rushden Echo, 15th April, 1904, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), F. Knight, C. Bates, G. Denton, J. Hornsby, W. H. Wilkins, T. Swindall, F. Ballard, A. Mantle, and W. Bazeley, with Mr. G. S. Mason (Clerk) and Mr. W. B. Madin (Surveyor).

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 30th day of March, 1904, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, Fred Knight and W. H. Wilkins.


were presented by:-

Mr. William Nurrish (amended plan) for alterations to house in course of erection on the Higham-road and agreed to.

Mr. T. Harris for house on the Hayway and passed subject to drainage arrangements being amended to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.

The Co-operative Wholesale Society for further additions to their factory in Portland-road and passed.

Road Materials – Granite

Tenders for the supply of granite for the current year were considered and the Surveyor was instructed to place his orders for about 1,800 tons in the following quantities at the under-mentioned prices:-











Cliffe Hill Granite Co.

300 tons






Ellis & Everard

200 tons






Mountsorrell Granite Co.

600 tons






Groby Granite Co.

500 tons






Fergusson and Starkey

200 tons







1800 tons


Total 1800 tons


Tenders for the supply of slag were also received and the surveyor instructed to place his orders for 1,500 tons in quantities as required from the following firms at the respective prices quoted by them, viz.:-

Kettering Iron Company Unbroken, 3/6; Spoutings, 5/6; 2”, 5/6; 1¾, 5/6; 1½”, 5/6; 1¼”, 5/6; 1”, 5/6; ½”, 5/6.

Wellingborough Iron Company Unbroken, 3/-; Spoutings, 5/-; 2”, 5/3; 1¾”, 5/3; 1½”, 5/-; 1¼”, 4/6; 1”, 4/-; ½”, 3/9.

Thos. Butlin and Company Unbroken, 3/6; Spountings, 5/-; 2”, 5/-; 1¾”, 5/-; 1½”, 5/-; 1¼”, 5/-; 1”, 5/-; ½”, 4/-

Team Labour (Daywork)

The following tenders for daywork were received:-

William Packwood:- One horse, cart, and man per day, 6/8; two horses, cart, and man per day, 10/4; one horse, cart, and man per hour at odd times, 10d.; one horse, cart, and man per hour on Saturdays, 10d.

Mr. A. Sharpe:- One horse, cart, and man per day, 6/6; two horses, cart, and man per day, 10/-; one horse, cart, and man per hour at odd times, 10d.; one horse, cart, and man per hour on Saturdays, 10d.

It was resolved that Mr. A. Sharpe’s tender be accepted.

Team Labour (Scavenging)

It was resolved to recommend that Mr. Smith’s contract be continued for another year.

Upper Queen Street and Allen Road

The Committee reported that they had visited these streets but owing to the very small amount of land built upon they saw great difficulty in obtaining any correct information as to the ownership of the various plots. Under these circumstances it was resolved to recommend the Council to postpone putting into operation the Private Street Works Act until some reliable information could be obtained.

Wymington Footpath

The Committee also reported that they had met Mr. Talbot Brown with reference to the proposed diversion of this path and now agreed to recommend the Council to consent to a slight diversion by making the entrance from the Road into the field about 60 yards nearer Wymington.

Mr. Bates was sorry that the committee had not seen their way to accept the team labour contract of Mr. Packwood rather than a man who resided out of the town.

The Chairman said the matter was considered by the committee, who thought that as both gentlemen had done their work well in the past they could do no other than accept the lowest tender.

Mr. Bazeley said the tender of Mr. Packwood was low enough in all conscience. It was only a matter of 2d. in one case and 4d. in the other. To accept the lowest tender every time was encouraging cheap labour. It would be more convenient for the Surveyor to accept the tender of a resident in the town. He moved, as an amendment, that Mr. Packwood’s tender be accepted.

Mr. Bates seconded the amendment.

Mr. Denton thought the committee were quite justified in their action.

Mr. Hornsby thought it was time the Council did the work themselves.

The Chairman: We can’t do it at the same price.

Mr. Hornsby: I don’t care if we can’t.

Mr. Ballard supported the committee’s recommendation. The tendering was thrown open and it would not be fair to pass over Mr. Sharpe, who was a stranger to him, for a higher tender. They were not there to spend their own money, but the money of the ratepayers.

Mr. Clipson thought they were bound to accept Mr. Sharpe’s tender, under the circumstance.

Mr. Swindall did not think the tenders were made under similar conditions. He presumed that Mr. Sharpe would only have to pay ordinary agricultural wages as he lived out of the town, whereas Mr. Packwood would have to pay town wages.

Mr. Knight took it that neither gentlemen went in for the work to lose money. He supported the committee’s recommendation.

Three voted for the amendment, Messrs. Bazeley, Bates, and Mantle, and the rest of the Council against, except Mr. Swindall, who was neutral.

This report was then adopted, except the recommendation with regard to Upper Queen-street and Allen-road, which was referred back for further consideration.

Finance, Etc., Committee

The Finance Committee reported that at a meeting held on March 30 they had before them 14 applications for the post of caretaker at the cemetery. Out of this number they selected the names of six applicants, who were interviewed, and they recommended the appointment of Mr. G. Saby, of Rushden, at the weekly wage of 24/-, with house.

The Committee also presented the reports of Dr. Morris, Medical Officer of Health, and Mr. J. B. Martin, Sanitary Inspector.

Dr. Morris reported that during the past month eight cases of scarlet fever had been notified, four of the cases being in Washbrook-road and the others in various parts of the town.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had visited the houses of all the patients and inspected the premises, which all appeared to be satisfactory. All the cases were of a mild character, and some of the patients were about again.

Mr. Bazeley said he thought the Medical Officer ought to attend the Council meetings oftener.

The Chairman: He will, if you want him at any time.

Mr. Denton: What do you want him for?

Mr. Bazeley: To talk to him and see if he is earning his money. In most places the Medical Officer is present at the Council meetings.

The committee’s report was adopted.

Annual Meeting

The Chairman said it was proposed to hold the annual meeting of the Council for the appointment of committees, etc., next Wednesday, and he had received a request that the new school managers should be appointed as soon as possible after the new Council met.

The M.R. Station

In reply to Mr, Ballard, the Clerk said no further communication had been received from the Midland Railway Company with regard to the enlargement of the Rushden Station.

The Fire Brigade

Mr. Denton said he did not know whether they ought to take any notice of a letter which appeared in a local paper to the effect that the Fire Brigade were without Hose.

Mr. Knight (Captain of the Brigade) said the Brigade were not without hose, but it had been in use a good many years. Before the estimates were got out this year, it was proposed to apply to the Council for new hose. The old hose was for some time kept in an unsuitable building and it had been damaged more by mildew than by use. There was no doubt it needed overhauling, but he did not know that it was much worse than in other towns where canvas hose was used.

The Clerk said the subject was not mentioned in the official report of the secretary to the Brigade with regard to the attendances at the two recent fires.

Mr. Denton said the letter, which was anonymous, was evidently the work of some busybody.

Mr. Clipson said he went to the Wymington fire and was surprised to find what a good pressure of water there was. There was certainly a little leakage in the hose, but nothing serious.

The Chairman: We look to Mr. Knight as responsible for the efficiency of the Brigade and do not refuse the Brigade anything they really require.

The subject was then allowed to drop.

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