|The Rushden Echo, 19th April, 1912, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Mr. George Miller Elected Chairman
The annual meeting of this Council was held in the Council Chambers on Wednesday night, when there were present:- Councillors J. Claridge, A. Kitchin, G. H. Skinner, G. Miller, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, T. Swindall, C. Bates, J. Spencer, C. E. Bayes, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
Mr. Claridge, in moving that Mr. George Miller be chairman of the Council for the ensuing year, said that Mr. Miller had been a member of the Council for many years, and had taken a great interest in the work of the Council. He was, therefore, accustomed to the work, and the business of the Council would not suffer in Mr. Miller’s hands. He was well-known, and had every ability for carrying out the duties of chairman.
Mr. Skinner seconded with pleasure.
The resolution was unanimously carried.
Mr. Miller, returning thanks from the chair, said he appreciated most sincerely the honour his colleagues had done him that night, the highest honour they could bestow upon him. To the best of his ability, he should uphold the prestige and dignity of the chair. He thought there were four qualifications a chairman needed punctuality, brevity, courtesy, and impartiality. He thought he could claim to possess those qualifications.
Mr. Bazeley proposed that Mr. Bates be elected to the vice-chair. Mr. Bates had served on the Council for eleven years, and he had been very regular in his attendance. He was sure Mr. Bates would carry out his duties with dignity.
The Ven. A. Kitchin seconded, and said that Mr. Bates had the confidence of every member of the Council. It was only right for the various parties to be represented on the Council. It was some years since the Labour Party were represented either in the chair or vice-chair, and he hoped they would all feel they were doing right in electing Mr. Bates to the vice-chair.
The resolution was unanimously carried.
Mr. Bates expressed his thanks to the Council for the confidence they had placed in him, and said it was a great honour for a member of the Labour Party to be elected as vice-chairman. He should carry out his duty to the best of his ability.
The following committees were elected:-
Finance Messrs. Miller, Claridge, Ballard, Knight, and Swindall, with Mr. Bates in the place of Mr. Bazeley.
Health and Sanitary Messrs. Miller, Claridge, Bates, Skinner, Swindall, Kitchin, with Mr. Bazeley in the place of Mr. Spencer.
Plans and Highways Messrs. Claridge, Miller, Ballard, Bayes, Clipson, and Knight, with Mr. Spencer for Mr. Bazeley.
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 27th March, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, and Fred Knight.
Infringement Of Building Byelaws
The Surveyor reported that the building operations in Duck-street now in progress by Mr. Ernest Hollis were not being carried out in accordance with the plans submitted to and approved by the Council. He did not see any great objection to the alterations but considered that a correct plan should be submitted, and it was resolved to require Mr. Hollis to submit an amended plan of the buildings in question showing the variations from the plan submitted.
The Surveyor also reported that a wooden building had been erected by Mrs. Warner adjoining No. 7, Beaconsfield-place, in contravention of the Byelaws and without any plan having been submitted. It was resolved to recommend the Council to require Mrs. Warner to give an undertaking to remove the building when called upon to do so and to pay the Council a fee of 10/6 for the preparation of the necessary agreement. In default of the undertaking being given, it was further resolved that Mrs. Warner be required to show cause why the buildings in question should not be removed.
The Surveyor was instructed to write to the firms who tendered last year, inviting them to again send in tenders for the ensuing year’s supply of road materials.
The report was adopted.
Finance And Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 2nd April, 1912, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, F. Knight, and T. Swindall.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
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 undermentioned accounts:-
The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-
Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £366/3/7 were examined and passed for payment.
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 3rd April, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health And Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that he visited Rushden on March 20th to investigate a case of puerperal fever but nothing could be discovered to cause the disease. Eighteen cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., ten of scarlet fever, seven of diphtheria, and one of puerperal fever.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month 31 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
One lot of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption, and the rooms sprayed and fumigated.
Two books belonging to the Free Library found in an infected house had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the books.
The Inspector also reported that the work of providing additional sanitary accommodation at Messrs. Groome’s factory was now being carried out under the supervision of the Surveyor.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Notification Of Infectious Disease
The Sanitary Officer reported that having received a complaint as to some children named Smith, living at No. 28, Crabb-street, he visited the premises on the 26th March, and discovered two children suffering from scarlet fever, one in an advanced state of peeling, other children of the same family being at school. He advised the mother to call in a doctor, which was done, and a notification had since been received that the two children were suffering from scarlet fever.
The Committee considered this a case of gross neglect on the part of the parents and resolved to institute proceedings against the father for failing to notify the cases as required by the Infectious Diseases (Notification) Act, 1889.
Housing And Town Planning Etc., Act, 1909
The Chairman reported that the Committee visited and inspected the two dwelling houses, Nos. 5 and 6, Milton-place, on the 7th March, with reference to the representations of the Medical Officer of Health thereon submitted to the Committee at their meeting on the 6th March last, and were satisfied that the said dwelling houses were in a state so dangerous or injurious to health as to be unfit for human habitation.
It was resolved to report to the Council accordingly and to recommend the Council to make a closing order, i.e., an order prohibiting the use of the said dwelling houses for human habitation until in the judgment of the Council they are rendered fit for that purpose.
Dairies, Milkshops, And Cowsheds Order
The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th March last, he visited 28 premises belonging to 26 cowkeepers and inspected 276 cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats.
The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to see certain of the owners with regard to some of the cows mentioned therein.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that the notices served on Mr. A. Franklin, of Higham Ferrers, and Mr. S. Skinner, of No. 47, Queen-street, to provide receptacles for the deposit of refuse for the houses Nos. 6, Portland-road and 51, Queen-street respectively, had not been complied with.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to recommend the Council to instruct the Inspector to provide the necessary utensils and to take proceedings against Mr. Franklin and Mr. Skinner for the recovery of the expenses incurred.
Mr. Bazeley thought more money should be spent on some of the houses if they were going to be inhabited. He should like to see the Council move a little faster in that matter, for he thought too much consideration was given to the property owners.
The report was adopted.