|The Rushden Echo, 15th April 1910, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Votes of Thanks to The Chairman and Vice-Chairman
A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present Messrs. G. H. Skinner (chairman), F. Knight (vice-chairman), J. Claridge, G. Miller, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, J. Paragreen, C. Bayes, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. W. G. F. Kingston).
On the reading of a minute relating to the appointment of overseers at the last meeting, --
Mr. Miller said he was not quite satisfied with the work of the overseers, for it was found at recent elections that there were many rate-payers not on the register who ought to be on. He went on to give instances and hoped that the overseers would look into the matter.
Mr. Claridge said the overseers had really very little to do with the matter. There was, however, a great misapprehension regarding the time of residence qualifying for a vote. He would do what he could in the matter, but he questioned whether in some of the instances mentioned the occupiers were really qualified for the late Parliamentary election. He had understood that the political agents looked after the matter.
The Chairman said the Assistant Overseer was really paid for the work, but he thought that the people who thought they ought to be on the register should take a little trouble in the matter themselves.
Mr. Claridge said in one case mentioned the man was actually on the list, but went to the wrong polling station.
Mr. Bazeley said several working-men voters had made complaint that they were not on the register. If that was so when they were qualified, the matter ought to be looked after very carefully. The Labour Party thought the qualifying period was too long, and it was hard when anyone was deprived of a vote who was really qualified. Unfortunately many who had the vote did not use it.
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 23rd March,1910, when there were present :- Messrs. G. H. Skinner (Chairman), F. Knight, J. Claridge, W. Bazeley, G. Miller, C. Bates, and T. Swindall.
were presented by :-
Mr. Chas. Green for open shed near his factory in Queen-street and passed.
The Working Men’s Club for additional convenience to their Club house in Griffith-street and passed.
The Town Band Club for additions to their Club premises in Manton-road and passed.
Mr. A. C. Ashby (amended plan) for alterations to his shop in High-street and no exception taken.
Messrs. Nurrish, Pallett, & Co. for new engine-room, stable, and coach house, to their factory on the Shirley Park Estate and passed.
Messrs. Cave Brothers (amended plan) for conversion of The Cottage into four lock-up shops and one shop with dwelling-house and passed subject to the same conditions as to drainage as before.
Mr. F. Caswell for two houses on the Wellingborough-road and passed subject to a separate drain being provided for each house with the option of a combined drain in the owner entering into an agreement for its future maintenance, and evidence as to party wall being produced.
The surveyor was instructed to give attention to a gulley at the junction of Midland-road and Washbrook-road and also to construct a new gulley in North-street.
A letter was received from Mr. George Miller asking the Council to complete the asphalting in Kings-road and also to finish off the other portion of Portland-road and take the same over in accordance with the agreement. The Surveyor was instructed to proceed with the asphalting in Kings-road as requested, the other matter being left over for consideration by the committee at their next meeting.
The report was adopted.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Tuesday, 5th April 1910, at 10 a.m., when there were present : Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), G. H. Skinner, F. Ballard, W. Baxeley, and J. Claridge.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The committee examined the Surveyors cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows :-
Collector’s District Rate Account
The Collector’s District Rate Account was examined from which it appeared that he had collected the following sum since the last meeting :-
Collector’s Fittings Account
The collector’s fittings account was also examined from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting :-
Cemetery Registrar’s Account
The Cemetery Registrar’s account was also examined, from which it appeared that the following sum had been received by him since the last meeting :-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting :-
And that the following balances were in hand on the under mentioned accounts :-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £290/1/11 were examined and passed for payment.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to ask the Overseers to pay a rental of £15 per annum for the use of the Council Buildings by their Collector.
The Surveyor was instructed to purchase and lay down in the Cloak room a linoleum floor covering similar to that in the Committee room.
The Surveyor was also instructed to purchase a bicycle stand for the entrance hall at a cost not exceeding £1.
The report was adopted.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 6th April, 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. G. H. Skinner (in the chair), F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, and J. Paragreen.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that six cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., five of diphtheria and one of erysipelas.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 50 informal notices had been served calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
An application had been received from Mr. William Allen, of 73 Cromwell-road, to be registered as a cowkeeper, and his name had been placed on the register accordingly.
The Inspector also reported that during the Easter recess all the elementary schools had been sprayed with cyllin.
Two samples of water had been taken from surface wells in the district, for analysis, with satisfactory results.
The Inspector have a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
An application was received from Mr. James Knight for a licence to slaughter on the Wymington-road premises lately occupied by Mr. T. Eady and owned by Mr. C. E. Knight.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application.
Knacker’s Yard Licence
An application was also received from Mr. George Chettle for a renewal of his knacker’s yard licence.
It was also resolved to recommend the Council to accede to this application.
In reply to a question, the Sanitary Inspector said the cases of diphtheria were of an extremely mild type.
The report was adopted.
The Sewage Farm
A letter was read from the Clerk to the County Council referring to a report by the County Medical Officer in October that the brook at Rushden was polluted through the over-taxing of the irrigation land at the sewage farm, and asking for the information of the Public Health Committee what steps were being taken in the matter.
On the motion of Mr. Knight, seconded by Mr. Clipson, it was resolved that the Surveyor should see the County Medical Officer and explain the steps proposed to be taken.
Labour Exchange Sub-Office
The Sanitary Inspector said the director of the Northampton Labour Exchange wished to open a sub-office at Rushden which he would visit on Thursdays. Rushden would thus be in communication with other centres. The Council’s permission was asked for the use of the room formerly occupied by the lady health visitor.
It was decided to grant the use of the room.
Mr. Claridge proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman for his services during the year, and said he was sure Mr. Skinner had very impartially carried out the duties of his office. He was very glad, indeed, and believed all the members of the Council were glad that they had conferred the honour and dignity on Mr. Skinner. (Hear, hear.)
Mr. Miller seconded the motion and said nothing had given him greater pleasure than it did to see Mr. Skinner elected last year. The Council had been very fortunate in its Chairmen in the past, and Mr. Skinner had brought all his ability to bear on the work. He did not believe anyone regretted having honoured an old townsman like Mr. Skinner.
Mr. Knight said the chairmanship was the highest honour the town could bestow, and Mr. Skinner’s election was a recognition of his public work in the past.
The motion was carried unanimously.
The Chairman, in reply, said it had been a very easy year for him, and the members had treated him with great kindness and courtesy. He should look back on the past year as one of the best years in his life. He wished to thank the officers, Mr. Mason, Mr. Madin, and Mr. Kingston, for the way in which they had made his work easy for him. He also wished to thank the reporters for the very wide reports they had given of what he had said. (Laughter). He proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Knight for his services as Vice-chairman, and thanked him very much for his kind assistance to himself. He always felt safe with Mr. Knight by his side.
Mr. Bazeley seconded the motion, and said the whole of the members of the Council felt indebted to Mr. Knight for the able and impartial way in which he had carried out his duties during the year.
The motion was unanimously carried, and Mr. Knight briefly replied, expressing the opinion that the year had been a very quiet and pleasant one.
The Council then adjourned on the invitation of the Chairman to take light refreshment with him in the committee room.