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The Rushden Echo, 7th April 1905, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday night when there were present : Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall (vice-chairman), F. Knight, G. Denton, J. Claridge, W. H. Wilkins, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, and G. H. Skinner, with the clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).

A Misapprehension

After the reading of the minutes of a special meeting of the Council for the appointment of overseers, a letter was read from Mr. John Spencer who was one of the overseers last year, but who was not re-elected, the Council assuming from the fact that Mr. Spencer had not attended many meetings of the overseers, that he was unable to serve. Mr. Spencer wrote that he had not received notice of any overseers’ meetings where objections to rating were considered, and in other cases had either received too short a notice or the meetings had been fixed at a time when it was inconvenient for him to attend. As the Council elected him an overseer he thought the explanation should be sent in justice to themselves.

Mr. Skinner did not know whether the notices had been sufficient but at any rate Mr. Spencer had not often attended the meetings.

Mr. Claridge said the want of notices was not the fault of the overseers. He was sure none of the other overseers were opposed to Mr. Spencer.

Mr. Wilkins said it was quite clear the Council had acted somewhat under a misapprehension. If they had had Mr. Spencer’s letter before them at the special meeting there was little doubt they would have elected him.

The Clerk was directed to acknowledge the letter and express the Council’s regret that there was now no means of rectifying the matter.

Plans &c, Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 8th March, 1905, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, F. Ballard, J. Hornsby, G. Denton, F. Knight, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, W. H. Wilkins, and A. Mantle.

Plans

were presented by:-

Messrs. Nurrish, Nurish, and Pallett (plan for further alterations to their factory in Shirley Road) and passed subject to an extra stair case being provided.

The Churchwardens of Rushden, for a new Church in Midland-road and passed subject to increased outlet accommodation being provided and footings of walls made in accordance with Bye-law 14.

Messrs. Jaques and Clark for engineers’ store room adjoining their factory in Midland-road and passed.

Mr. W. Packwood for six houses in Upper Portland-road and passed.

Mr. M. B. Moore for additions to his house on the Rushden Court Estate and passed.

Mrs. Warner for two coal barns in Beaconsfield Place and passed.

Mr. W. G. Wilmott for corrugated iron shed off the Midland-road and passed subject to his obtaining the consent of the Midland Railway Company or removing it 10 feet from their boundary.

The Free Library Committee for New Library Buildings on Newton-road and passed.

Harborough-Road

Mr. Lack interviewed the Committee with regard to his apportioned charges, stating that he purchased the land under the impression that all liabilities for street making had been discharged.

The Committee decided that they were unable to interfere with the apportionments and the Clerk was instructed to so inform Mr. Lack.

Main Roads

The Surveyor reported that he had met the County Surveyor and the County Accountant and discussed with them his estimate of the cost of maintenance of the main roads for the ensuing year, and both he and the County Surveyor had agreed to recommend their respective Councils to enter into a contract providing for their maintenance for a term of three years at a total cost averaging £1,040 per annum.

The committee approved of this arrangement.

Upper Portland-Road

The Clerk reported that the owners had accepted the estimate submitted to them and had paid the amount thereof, viz., £183/5/4, to the treasurer.

Lower Portland-Road

The Surveyor submitted:-

(a) Specification of the Private Street Works proposed to be carried out in this street.

(b) Estimate of the probable expenses of the works proposed amounting to £326/5/10.

(c) A provisional apportionment of such expenses among the premises liable to be charged therewith.

It was resolved that the same be submitted to the council with the recommendation from this Committee to approve the same.

Upper Queen-Street

A letter was received from Mr. E. Wooding asking the Council to make an asphalted footpath to the end of his property at his expense on the understanding that it would be deducted from the apportioned charges when the road was made.

The committee resolved in view of the recent opposition to their proposals to put this street in good order, not to undertake any work there at present.

Wellingborough and District Tramroads and Electricity Supply Bill

A letter received from the Solicitor to the British Electric Traction Company informing the Council of the opposition by the Northants County Council to their Bill and asking if this Council could render the Company assistance in gathering such opposition withdrawn. The letter stated that the Company could not give the clauses asked for by the County Council.

The Clerk was instructed to reply stating that the Council was anxious as far as possible to assist the Company to obtain their Bill but thought it desirable that they should meet the County Council and endeavour to come to some terms satisfactory to both parties.

Mr. Bazeley, referred to the application of Mr. Wooding with regard to Upper Queen-street, said he thought that, as Mr. Wooding was prepared to pay, the Council might have done the work.

Mr. Swindall said it would probably have to be done again in part when the road was made up.

Eventually the matter was allowed to drop, and the report was adopted.

Finance &c, Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 22nd March, 1905, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, J. Claridge, W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, G. H. Skinner, Fred Knight, A. Mantle, Geo. Denton, and W. H. Wilkins.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-

 
£
s
d
Week ending 23rd Feb. 1905
52
13
11
Week ending 2nd March, 1905
51
1
8
Week ending 9th March, 1905
53
7
0
Week ending 16th March, 1905
52
13
0

Collector’s Account

By the Collector’s account produced it appeared that during the past month he had collected the following sums on the under mentioned accounts:-

 
£
s
d
Water Rate
261
9
0
District Rate
2372
15
4
Fittings
4
16
11
Other Roads Asphalting
11
19
3
Steam Rolling
13
7
6
Total
2664
8
0

Cemetery Registrar’s Account

The Committee examined the Cemetery Registrar’s account from which it appeared that he had collected the following sum on the under mentioned account:-

 
£
s
d
Burial Fees
15
1
6

Treasurer’s Accounts

The committee examined the Treasurer’s accounts from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him by the under mentioned persons on the following accounts during the past month:-

 
£
s
d
March, 1, J. Sargent, District rate
56
2
8
March, 3, J. Sargent, Water rate
21
0
9
March, 4, J. Sargent, District rate
140
9
4
March, 7, J. Sargent, District rate
175
0
0
H.M.P. Genl., rates
10
12
0
March, 8, J. Sargent, District rate
201
0
3
Miller and Skinner, Rectory Estate
183
5
4
Telephone Co., Rent of poles
2
18
0
March, 9, J. Sargent, District rate
209
16
4
March, 10, J. Sargent, District rate
196
8
11
March, 11, J. Sargent, District rate
166
4
8
Geo. S. Mason, re Hewitt's fire
4
4
7
J. Sargent, Water rate
75
0
0
March, 13, J. Sargent, District rate
109
7
6
March, 14, J. Sargent, District rate
205
10
10
March, 15, J. Sargent, District rate
160
0
0
J. Sargent, Water rate
59
15
6
March, 16, J. Sargent, District rate
166
1
1
March, 17, J. Sargent, District rate
175
15
6
March, 18, Geo. S. Mason, re. Nurrish's fire
8
11
3
March, 18, John Sargent, District rate
141
19
4
John Sargent, Water rate
85
0
0
March, 20, County Council, M. O. H. Salary
55
0
0
John Sargent, District rate
94
5
3
March, 21, John Sargent, District rate
125
2
7
March, 22, John Sargent, Cemetery fees
15
1
6
John Sargent, District rate
50
18
7
John Sargent, Water rate
20
12
9
John Sargent, Fittigs a/c
30
3
8
Total
2,045
8
2


And that following balances were in hand on the under mentioned accounts:-

 
£
s
d
General Account
2,978
0
3
Loan Account, No, 16
569
15
7
Total
3,547
15
10

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that he had visited and inspected Mr. Smith’s farm premises in Griffith-street where a number of pigs were located. He found the pens clean and was informed they were being washed out every day; he considered that if the yard was cleaned down at frequent intervals there should be nothing to complain of.

The Officer stated that 31 cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz:- 27 of scarlet fever, two of diphtheria, and two of erysipelas. He had visited the diphtheria cases and found the sanitary arrangements satisfactory. One, however, had proved fatal. The two cases of erysipelas had both recovered.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had fumigated 25 houses where scarlet fever cases had occurred, and with respect to the increase in the number of fever cases expressed an opinion that the parents, and those in charge of the patients, had in some cases shown too much carelessness in allowing them to mix with other children too soon.

The Inspector stated that he had visited Mr. Smith’s farmyard at intervals since the Medical Officer’s visit and found it had been cleared of manure and was being kept clean, a number of the pigs had also been removed.

Team Labour (Scavenging)

The following tenders for day work were received:-

Andrew Groom :- One horse, cart and man per day, 6/8; two horses, cart and man per day, 10/6; one horse, cart and man per hour at odd times, 10d.

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

Chas. Geo. Collis :- One horse, cart and man per day, 7/6; two horses, cart and man per day, 11/6; one horse, cart and man per hour at odd times,9d.

It was resolved that the tender of Mr. W. Packwood be accepted for two years subject to the Council having the opinion of renewing it for a third year if they so desired.

Irchester-Road Sewer

A letter was received from Mr. Harry Knight on behalf of Mr. Joseph Knight, jun., applying for the sewer on the Irchester-road to be extended to the new house about to be erected by the latter.

It was resolved to comply with the request subject to Mr. Knight undertaking to pay the sum of £8 toward the cost of the extension. The report was adopted.

Committee Meetings

Mr. Ballard had given notice he would move that the Council revert to the old style of holding committee meetings, but as some of the members of the Council were away he intimated that he would bring the motion forward at the next meeting of the Council.

The Tramways Scheme

The Chairman said he had been asked by the British Electric Traction Company to appear before the select committee of the House of Commons to support the tramways scheme. He did not care to go, however, without the approval of the council.

Mr. Skinner: Do they propose to introduce electric lighting as well?

The Clerk: No.

Mr. Denton: But they don’t want anyone else to do it.

The Clerk: That is so.

Mr. Skinner: I don’t think there is much fear of the trams coming yet.

On the motion of Mr. Denton, seconded by Mr. Knight, the Council approved of the Chairman supporting the Bill.

The Unemployed

A letter was received from Mr. Alfred Crouch on behalf of the local branch of the S.D.F. drawing attention to the fact that the Government last autumn refused a special session of Parliament to deal with the unemployed question and expressing the fear that without strong expressions of opinion from local authorities in all parts of the kingdom there was little chance of the promise in the King’s speech, that the matter would be dealt with, receiving attention. The Council were respectfully requested to urge the Government to deal with this pressing question as soon as possible.

Mr. Claridge: They have given up asking the Council to provide employment then?

Mr. Bazeley: Well, they have lost hope in the Council.

Mr. Claridge: They have more faith in the Government! (Laughter)

Mr. Bazeley said there were more unemployed in the district to-day than there were in the winter but the fact was not so noticeable because of the mild weather. Many who were employed were only employed part time, and a number of their best citizens were leaving for Canada. It was becoming a very serious matter and he moved that the Government be asked to do something to carry out to promise made in the King’s speech.

Mr. Ballard seconded the motion and said it was very desirable that something should be done, though it was very doubtful whether the present Government was the best Government to take up the matter.

The motion was agreed to nem. con.

Electric Lighting Order

Correspondence with the Board of Trade relative to the council’s opposition to Mr. Harvey’s application for a provisional electric lighting order was read, and the Chairman and the Clerk were appointed to represent the Council at a meeting to be held at the Board of Trade offices on April 10, when local authorities concerned will be represented and the promoter will also attend.

The New Council Offices

With regard to the Council’s application for power to borrow £2,500 for the provision of municipal offices, the Local Government Board wrote that the estimates forwarded were not in sufficient detail and asked for priced bills of quantities.

The Clerk said he had written stating that the estimates were furnished in just the same manner as those for the first scheme, which were approved by the Board and pointed out that the cost of getting out the bills of quantities would be about £80, which the Council were anxious to save. He had simply received an acknowledgment of that letter.

Mr. Knight: You will probably get a further reply.

Mr. Claridge: In time, perhaps. (Laughter)

Thanks

Mr. Ballard, as that was the last meeting of the Council, moved that the best thanks of the Council be given to Mr. Clipson for his Capable and pleasant way in which he had carried out hid duties as chairman, and that the Council also thank the vice-chairman and the officers of the Board for their services.

Mr. Skinner seconded the motion and said Mr. Clipson had been very courteous to all the members.

The motion was unanimously carried.

The Chairman, in reply, said he took the position with a certain amount of timidity, but the Council had supported him so well that his work had been easy and pleasant.



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