|The Rushden Echo, 11th April, 1913, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Resignation of The Medical Officer of Health
Insanitary Houses to be Closed
Votes of Thanks
Mr. George Miller’s Withdrawal
The final meeting of the old Council was held on Wednesday night in the Council Chamber. There were present Councillors G. Miller, C.A. (chairman), C. Bates (vice-chairman), Ven. A. Kitchin, F. Knight, J.P., John Claridge, J.P., C.C., T. Swindall, J. S. Clipson, C. E. Bayes, J. Spencer, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 1st April, 1913, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, J. Claridge, 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 Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected 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:-
The report was adopted.
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday the 2nd April, 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, and J. Spencer.
were presented by:-
Mr. Fred Corby for additions to Rushden Villa and passed.
Mrs. C. L. Bradfield for house in Pightles-terrace and passed.
Mr. Brett for four houses on the Wellingborough-road, and passed subject to the owner entering into the usual agreement for the future maintenance of the common drain. It was resolved to recommend the Council to extend the sewer along the Wellingborough-road to the site.
The Surveyor submitted a letter from Messrs. Robinson Bros. Limited, referring to an interview their representative had with the Surveyor on the 18th March, when the latter pointed out to him the unsatisfactory state of the roads where the tarvia had been used last year. Messrs. Robinson Bros. now promised to deliver to the Council 20 barrels of refined tar at Rushden station free of charge.
Having regard to the excessive expenditure incurred last year in consequence of the tarvia not acting properly, it was resolved that application be made to the Roads and Bridges Committee for some additional allowance beyond the sum mentioned in the contract with the County Council for the annual repair of the main roads.
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 2nd April, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. C. Bates (Chairman), G. Miller, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that 20 cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., six of scarlet fever, two of diphtheria, and twelve of tuberculosis.
He had visited and inspected several houses, Nos. 73 to 81 and 85 to 91 Duck-street, which were in a bad state of repair and in his opinion unfit for human habitation.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that, during the month of March, 29 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
Two lots of bedding had been destroyed after deaths from consumption, and it was resolved to recommend the Council, in the case of Mr. Bass, to replace the same at a cost not exceeding £1.
The Inspector also reported, with regard to the houses referred to by the Medical Officer, that he had interviewed the owner, who had agreed to close, without any formal order of the Council, Nos. 85 to 91, and to put into repair to the satisfaction of the Council Nos. 73 to 81.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to accept an undertaking from the owner to close Nos. 85 to 91 not later than the 1st September next and to repair Nos. 73 to 81 to the satisfaction of the Council forthwith.
Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order
The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 6th, 7th, and 8th March, 1913, he had visited 29 premises belonging to 26 cowkeepers, and inspected 250 cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats. The Committee considered the report very satisfactory.
Housing Etc., Acts
It was resolved to give notice to the respective owners of Nos. 136, High-street, and 5 and 6, Milton-place, of the intention of the Committee to take into consideration the demolition of these houses at their next meeting on May 7th.
Medical Officer of Health
A letter was received from Dr. Morris, giving three months’ notice of his intention to resign his office as Medical Officer of Health for the Urban District of Rushden and tendering to the Council his sincere thanks for the kindness and assistance afforded him during the many years he had had the honour of holding the office.
The Committee resolved to recommend the Council to accept the resignation with regret and to thank Dr. Morris for his past services.
It was also resolved to recommend the Council to advertise for a successor at a salary to be sanctioned by the Local Government Board, the duties to commence on the 1st July next.
It was arranged that the Cemetery Sub-Committee should meet at the Cemetery on Friday morning to deal with several small matters requiring attention.
The report was adopted, the Ven. A. Kitchin proposing that an expression of regret be conveyed to Dr. Morris at the cause of his resignation failing eyesight.
Mr. Spencer seconded, the Chairman supported, and it was carried.
The Chairman reported that the Cemetery Sub-Committee met at the cemetery on Friday morning. They recommended several small repairs. The Council concurred.
The Clerk read the minutes of a meeting of the Recreation Ground Committee held prior to the Council meeting. The committee had had before them tenders for carrying out the works at the recreation ground, making a bridge over the brook, erecting conveniences, and putting up wire fencing at the brook. The lowest tender was that of Messrs. Swannell and Turlington at £148. It was resolved to recommend the Council to accept this tender, subject to any modifications which might be agreed upon between the Surveyor and the contractors. With regard to seats, the committee thought it would be best for these to be provided by the Council. The committee had before them the application of the Commonwealth Cricket Club, asking for a site to be reserved for them. Having regard to the fact that the ground at the present time was under construction, the committee did not at present recommend the Council to make any definite arrangements for setting apart any particular site.
Mr. Swindall thought the whole of the Council ought to know what was to be done at the recreation ground.
The Chairman: The sites have not been definitely fixed upon. This is only a portion of the work we intend doing. The sum of £500 was set aside for work which was approved of at a previous meeting, and this carries us a stage further. A new committee will be appointed at the next meeting, and they will fix the site for the seats, etc.
Mr. Bates suggested that the whole of the Council should go to the recreation ground and see what had to be done, and this was decided upon.
Mr. Spencer said the committee had been very diligent in cutting down expenses. The prices had come out somewhat higher than they thought, owing to the increased price of materials.
The Council approved of the recommendations of the committee, subject to the whole of the Council approving of the sites selected.
Medical Officer and Sanitary Inspector
The Council proceeded to discuss the annual report of the Medical Officer and the Sanitary Inspector, which have already appeared in full in the “Rushden Echo.”
Mr. Spencer: With regard to the cases of consumption it would be valuable to have the occupations of the patients. It would be some indication as to the most dangerous occupations. I think this should be given in the future.
Mr. Bazeley said that infantile mortality was rather lower than in the previous year, but it was still higher than it should be. The Medical Officer said it was higher with industrial conditions. He did not think the doctor was quite strong enough in his remarks on the housing conditions. He (Mr. Bazeley) thought that overcrowding was a great cause of consumption, and they should go to the cause of the disease.
The reports were adopted.
Mr. Bazeley proposed a vote of thanks to the Medical Officer and the Sanitary Inspector for their able reports. They all appreciated the work of Mr. Allen during the year, and they were well satisfied with it.
Mr. Claridge seconded, and said that Mr. Allen had worked assiduously and had done his duty thoroughly. They were very sorry indeed that Dr. Morris had been obliged to give up his position.
Mr. Bates supported, and the motion was carried.
Mr. Claridge: We all very much regret that this is the last meeting that Mr. Miller, our chairman, and Mr. C. E. Bayes will attend. They have rendered very faithful service to the Council. It is a matter of regret to all of us that they will not be with us next year, and particularly our chairman. We were very sorry when we heard he had withdrawn his candidature from the Urban Council. Mr. C. E. Bayes has left the town, so we did not expect that he would stand again. Mr. Bayes has been a very useful member of the Council. We are much indebted to Mr. Miller for the able and impartial manner in which he has conducted the business of the Council during the year. We are very sorry that we shall not have his assistance for some time in the future, but we hope that in his retirement he will have a happy time and that in due course he will be back again. I move a very hearty vote of thanks to the chairman for his services during the year.
Mr. Bates said that if Mr. Claridge had not proposed that resolution it was his (Mr. Bates’s) intention to do so. He would second the vote. He thoroughly endorsed what Mr. Claridge had said about the chairman and Mr. Bayes.
Mr. Clipson supported and said the chairman had been perfectly impartial in the chair.
Mr. Kitchin, in supporting, said that Mr. Miller’s interest in everything that concerned the town had always been great, and his knowledge of the needs of the town had been equally great. His absence from the Council as a consultative and administrative body would be a great loss. To him personally Mr. Miller’s absence would be a still greater loss, for Mr. Miller had been the head of the party to which he (Mr. Kitchin) belonged. He hoped Mr. Miller’s retirement would only be temporary. Mr. Bayes, too, had done good work, and belonged to a family which was closely identified with the interests of the town.
Mr. Spencer added his testimony to the impartial manner in which Mr. Miller had presided. At all times Mr. Miller had shown the utmost courtesy to him and to his colleagues. Mr. Bayes, too, had been an exceedingly fair and impartial Councillor. He hoped Mr. Bayes’s health would continue to improve.
The motion was carried with great heartiness.
Mr. Miller’s Reply
Mr. Miller, in reply, said: Having been connected with the affairs of the town, off and on, since 1896, it is a bit of a wrench to leave the work, but I am not going to retire into private life, because I still have the work of the County Council just as I had before the election. I am on the same committees. My interest in the Urban Council and the town will be just as intense as it has been. This had not been a very eventful year in Urban Council work. It has been more particularly a year of inquiries. Two important schemes have been brought into operation the excellent scheme of the Surveyor for the disposal of the sewage, which is now practically complete, and the recreation ground, which is complete so far as the loans, etc., are concerned. It has been a pleasure to preside over the deliberations, and I have tried to act impartially. I belonged to a party which was in a minority and therefore I valued your courtesy all the more. I regret that Mr. Ernest Bayes is not going to continue his services to the town. He comes of a family which has always been in touch with the town’s affairs. I should also like to thank the Vice-Chairman for the loyal support he has given me during his year of office. I desire to thank Mr. Mason (the clerk) for the kind way he has always received me when I have gone to see him about town business. Whenever I have had to seek his advice it has always been freely given. I also wish to thank the Surveyor. Every member of the Council is proud of the Surveyor. I do not think there is a better Surveyor in Northants. The Sanitary Inspector, too, I should like to thank. He has always rendered most ready assistance. The Police Inspector (Mr. Bailey), with whom I, as chairman of the Council, have been brought into close touch, I wish to thank. Insp. Bailey is a most courteous officer, and the staff is a very efficient one. I should like to include the Press in my remarks. They have always reported the proceedings of the Council in a fair and impartial manner, and it is a great thing to have a clean Press and a fair Press.
Mr. Bayes also replied and said that the work on the Council had during the last six years been to him a labour of love.
The Chairman moved a vote of thanks to Mr. Bates for the able way in which he had filled the vice-chair. He would like to compliment Mr. Bates on his position at the head of the poll. (Applause) It was a very great compliment the town had paid Mr. Bates.
Mr. Swindall seconded and said Mr. Bates was a man of few words but what he said was always to the point, and he had filled the vice-chair in a very fair and honourable way.
The motion was carried unanimously. Mr. Bates, in reply, said that to be placed at the head of the poll was a proud position for a working man.
The Rushden Echo, 18th April, 1913, transcribed by Gill Hollis
First Meeting of the New Authority
Mr. C. Bates Elected Chairman and Mr. Clipson Vice-Chairman
Another Labour Man on the School Committee
Conservatives Want Another School Manager
The first meeting of the newly-elected Council was held on Wednesday in the Council Buildings, Rushden, when there were present :- Councillors C. Bates, W. Bazeley, John Claridge, J.P., C.C., F. Knight, J.P., J. S. Clipson, J. Spencer, L. Perkins, B.Sc., T. Wilmott, Ven. A. Kitchin, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and J. Hyde, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
At the outset Mr. Knight was elected provisional chairman.
The Clerk said that the whole of the Councillors had duly signed the declaration of office.
Election of Chairman
Mr. Knight : I have much pleasure in proposing that Mr. Bates be elected chairman of this Council for the next 12 months. He has been a member of the Council for a number of years, and has served on both committees. Last year he was the vice-chairman of the Council and he filled that position in a very creditable manner, and to the thorough satisfaction, I believe, of the whole Council. At the last meeting one member, supporting a vote of thanks to Mr. Bates for his services as vice-chairman, said “Mr. Bates is a man of few words.” I think that is an extra qualification for the post which I now propose that Mr. Bates should take, because as chairman he stands rather differently from the other members of the Council. As chairman he is not subject to the standing orders as the other Councillors are, but I am sure that those who have known Mr. Bates and worked with him for a number of years know that he will fill the position of chairman with the utmost impartiality. I am sure the members of the Council will, as they have done in the past, give the chairman for the time-being their unqualified support and make things go as easily and pleasantly for him as possible. I hope it will be
A Very Pleasant Year
for Mr. Bates. I have very great pleasure in proposing that Mr. Bates take the chair. (Applause.)
Mr. Kitchin : It gives me much pleasure to second that proposal. I have only been brought into close contact with Mr. Bates for the last three years but I have learned to regard him as one of the best representatives of the party to which he belongs. He is a man of sound sense and judgment, conciliatory in his way of dealing with the various matters which come before us, and he has filled the vice-chair with credit to himself and to the great satisfaction of his colleagues. The respect in which he is held in the town is shown in the fact that by the votes of all parties he was placed at the head of the poll at the recent election, and we are only carrying out the wishes of the town as a whole in asking Mr. Bates to fill the chair for the coming year. I hope he will find his year of office a very pleasant one, and I am sure he will have the cordial support of his colleagues on the Council. (Applause.)
Mr. Bazeley : I have great pleasure in supporting the proposition. Mr. Bates has worked with me for a number of years, and he has presided over a great many meetings during that time and without the assistance of any standing orders to guide him and after that experience he will find it an easy matter to preside over the meeting of this Council, with the support of every member. I know Mr. Bates will try to carry out the duties of the office in a fair and
It gives me very great pleasure as his colleague to see him proposed as chairman by members of opposite parties.
The motion was carried unanimously, amid cheers. Mr. Knight then vacated the chair, which was taken by Mr. Bates, Mr. Knight cordially shaking him by the hand and wishing him a pleasant year of office.
Mr. Bates (who was received with applause) : I wish to thank you for electing me as chairman of this important body, and I must say I feel rather proud of the position, not only for myself but for the party which I represent. I take it as a very great honour, and I hope I shall have the assistance and I feel certain I shall of every member of this Council during my year of office. I feel certain, too, that I shall have the help of the clerk, the surveyor, and the inspector.
The Chairman: I have pleasure in proposing that Mr. Clipson be the vice-chairman for the year. (Applause)
Mr. Kitchin : I should like to second that. It has been the custom for some years in this Council and a very good one, I think that all the various parties of which this Council is composed should fill in turn the offices which the Council has to give. It is some years now since our Liberal friends occupied the chair, and it is therefore clearly their turn. Mr. Clipson is an old member of the Council and he has already filled this chair, so he is familiar with the work he will be called upon to do. He improved his position at the poll this time, and thereby clearly has the confidence of the electors, and he also has the confidence of the members of this Council. (Applause.)
Mr. Spencer : I have pleasure in supporting it. I agree thoroughly with the Rector that it is a wise thing for the Council to share the honours. It is a mistake in many towns for one party to monopolise all the honours. It is to the advantage of the Council and of the town to have all parties in the chair in turn. (Hear, hear.)
The motion was carried unanimously.
Mr. Clipson : I thank you for the honour you have done me appointing me to the vice-chair. Eleven years ago to-night I was appointed to this office, and I held it for two years in succession. I think the present plan of occupying the chair one year only is the better course, as it gives others a chance to fill the chair in turn. I hope the chairman will have health and strength during the year to carry out the duties, and then my work will not be heavy.
were then appointed as follow:-
Finance and Estates Messrs. Bates, Clipson, Claridge, Knight, Swindall, and Kitchin.
Plans and Highways Messrs. Bates, Clipson, Hyde, Knight, Claridge and Spencer.
Health and Sanitary Messrs. Bates, Clipson, Skinner, Swindall, Perkins, Bazeley, and Kitchin.
Recreation Ground Messrs. Bates, Clipson, Knight, Spencer, Claridge, and Perkins.
Free Library Messrs. Bates, Clipson, Claridge, W. Clarke, J. T. Colson, Swindall, S. T. Fox, Kitchin, Perkins, Saddler, Spencer, Hensman, Rial, and the Rev. C. J. Keeler.
One member of the Rushden and Higham Water Board in place of Mr. Ballard Mr. Wilmott.
Considerable discussion took place regarding the appointment of School Managers.
With reference to the election of three Managers for the Council Schools, Mr. Kitchin moved that Dr. Greenfield be one. He said that Dr. Greenfield would be a very valuable addition to the Schools Committee. He was a man of education and interest in literature, and would be willing to serve if elected.
Mr. Skinner seconded.
Mr. Spencer proposed that Mr. Leonard Baxter be appointed. For some years he said we as a Labour party have been dissatisfied with our representation on the Education Committee. Under the old School Board we always carried two seats for the Labour party, but for the last three years we have had only one member. What we obtained by our voting power we think we ought to have now. We are the only party with only one nominee on the committee. On the old School Board we had two, and at first we had two on the Education Committee.
The Chairman explained that the Urban Council elected three members to the committee, and also nominated six others for the County Council to elect.
Eventually the three retiring members appointed by the Urban Council (Messrs. J. T. Colson, J. Claridge, and F. Corby) were re-elected in that capacity.
The Council then proceeded to select six names to send to the County Council for appointment. Seven were proposed, as follows : Messrs. W. M. Hensman, Wm. Chettle, B. Vorley, W. B. Sanders, E. Freeman, L. Baxter, and Dr. Greenfield.
Mr. Bazeley : Three years ago
The Workers of Rushden
were very sore that they had not got a better representation on that committee. It is very unfair that we as a Labour party should have only one member out of nine. There are plenty of educationists among the workers men who are very anxious to see that the best possible education is given to the workers’ children. No one has a deeper interest that they have in the education of the children, both physical and mental. They want to see the greatest care taken of the children, to make them good citizens. I hoped that the Council would, without any opposition, put Mr. Baxter in place of Mr. Ballard, who has left the town. It is important that the workers should be fully represented on this education authority. I hope Mr. Kitchin and the others will recognise the claims of the workers, so that they shall be better represented than they have been. No one has a greater claim than the workers to direct representation on that body.
Mr. Kitchin : Mr. Bazeley will see that the Conservatives are by no means over represented on the Education Authority. It would make a fairer representation if the Liberals would withdraw one of their men and give the seat to the Labour party.
Mr. Swindall : We are doing that. Mr. Ballard has left, and we are not nominating one in his place.
In seconding Mr. Bazeley’s nomination of Mr. Baxter, Mr. Knight said it was only reasonable that the Labour party should wish to strengthen their position of the Education Committee.
The following names were then voted upon :- Messrs. Baxter, Chettle, Freeman, Hensman, Sanders, Vorley, and Dr. Greenfield. The first six were selected to be sent to the County Council for final appointment.
Mr. Claridge was appointed a Manager of the Church of England School in place of Mr. Ballard. Mr. J. T. Colson was nominated as the Manager of the Church School, to be appointed by the County Council.
Mr. G. S. Mason was nominated as the Manager of the non-provided schools to act on the district sub-committee.
Mr. Bazeley said he should like to know how the sub-committee were to spend the £300 on the recreation ground.
The Surveyor said that Messrs. Swannell and Turlington wished to withdraw their tender for the work at the recreation ground. They were carpenters themselves, and the Council had struck out most of the work in which they were specially interested.
It was decided that the members of the Council should meet on the site to go into the whole question.
Mr. Knight moved that the meetings be held as during the last few years. That system had worked well.
Mr. Kitchin seconded, and it was carried.
It was decided to hold a special meeting next Wednesday to consider the estimates.
The Chairman gave a hearty welcome to the new members, who replied in cordial terms.
|The Rushden Echo, 25th April, 1913, transcribed by Gill Hollis
The Finances for the Year - Interesting Figures
Shall the Council Continue the Scavenging Contract
Proposal to Change the System Defeated
A special meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday in the Council Buildings, when there were present Councillors C. Bates (chairman), J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, John Claridge, J.P., C.C., F. Knight, J.P., J. Spencer, L. Perkins, B.Sc., T. Wilmott, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and J. Hyde, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
The special business was the consideration of the statement of receipts and expenditure for the year ending March 31st, 1913, and the estimates for the coming year.
The Clerk explained the items in detail. Taking first last year’s receipts he showed they were as follow :-
For the year ending March 31, 1913 :-
The general district rate at 5s. in the £, estimated to produce £8625 0s. 0d., brought in actually £8723 0s. 9d., nearly £100, the Clerk explained, in excess of the estimate.
The estimated receipts including the rate, were £10,979 7s. 9d., while the actual sum received, including the rate, was £11,119 6s. 10d. The cash balances at the commencement of the year of £515 4s. 7d. brought up the total to :-
estimated and actual for the year ending March 31 last, was as follows :-
Explaining the difference between the estimated expenditure on sewers (£108) and the actual (£173 0s. 6d.), the Clerk said they had one or two extra sewers which they were obliged to do. Though the actual cost of the Fire Brigade (£70 16s. 10d.) exceeded the estimate by £4 16s. 10d., they received back £4 5s. 0d., expenses at a fire. The establishment charges (estimated at £150, actual expenditure £161 3s. 6d.) included a typewriter which was not contemplated, and this accounted for more than the additional amount.
Some discussion took place regarding the cost of
(estimated at £50, actual £94 17s. 6d.)
Mr. Bazeley asked if the extra cost was for disinfecting the schools.
The Clerk : Some of it is.
Mr. Claridge : You get that back from the County Education Committee.
The Sanitary Inspector said there had been an increased number of cases.
Mr. Swindall : Are disinfectants supplied too freely to people who could afford to pay?
The Clerk : The committee must keep their eyes open on this point.
Mr. Bazeley : Is it understood that all applications for disinfectants are granted, or is it the rule with the Sanitary Inspector that anyone who could afford to buy their own should do so? It would put the Sanitary Inspector in an unfair position if he had to decide a point like that.
The Sanitary Inspector : Most of them are deserving cases. There might be some few who could afford to buy their own.
This question was referred to the Sanitary Committee.
The Sanitary Inspector : Last year there were 130 cases of scarlet fever, and it was bound to increase the cost.
for the coming year were then considered.
The estimated receipts were :-
Explaining the estimated receipts the Clerk said that the £1,020 for
was a contract price with the County Council.
Mr. Bazeley called attention to an item under the head of “Other rents and receipts,” viz., £9/12/0 for tank interest. He asked if that was the deposit account on the unexpended loan for the stables.
The Clerk : Yes.
Mr. Bazeley : Then it is my intention to move that the loan be expended for the purpose for which it was procured. I think the Council ought to do their own scavenging, and do away with the present unsatisfactory system.
With regard to the item, “Receipts in lieu of rates,” the Clerk said it was for property (the post office) on which the Government did not pay rates.
The item, “Private improvement works, £446,” was for the improvement of Rectory-road and the adjoining road at the back of the Salvation Army barracks. The Clerk said they would have to expend £486, and they would receive back £446, so that the Urban Council would contribute to the improvement the sum of £40.
The net assessable value of the district for the purposes of the general district rate, the Clerk stated, is £35,618/12/0. The net amount produced by a rate of 1/0 in the £ (after deducting £35/15/7 for irrecoverable amounts) is £1,745, so that a rate of 5/0 in the £ will produce £8,725.
The Estimated Expenditure
for the coming year was as follows :-
With regard to the item of £30 for street watering, the Clerk said that if it was a dry summer they might have to exceed that amount.
Mr. Bazeley : There are complaints now from the tradesmen and others that the streets are not sufficiently watered.
Pointing out that the estimated cost of public lighting was £5 less than last year, the Clerk said that was in view of the possible decrease in the price of gas.
The estimated cost of the Infectious Hospital, the Clerk said, was put down at £15 (the actual expenditure last year being £23 9s. 7d.) because they did not know what was going to happen, as the County Council were considering the question of taking it.
The estimated expenditure on salaries (£784 6s.) was made up as follows :-
Mr. Bazeley : I should like to ask if the Finance Committee have any recommendation to make regarding these salaries. It seems to me, in respect to the Clerk’s salary, considering the extra orders which keep coming from the Local Government Board, that this salary ought to be considered by the Council. I think there should be an increase. With respect to the Sanitary Inspector’s of £90 a year, I think it is not a living wage for the Sanitary Inspector of a place like Rushden. It is not sufficient for his position. I should like to see the Clerk’s salary raised to £200 and the Sanitary Inspector’s to £100.
Mr. Swindall : That can be done at any time during the year.
Mr. Claridge : I think the Clerk has been underpaid for some time.
Mr. Bazeley : The Sanitary Inspector is not receiving £2 a week. I think it is a shame.
The question was left in abeyance for the present.
The Clerk said that the £100 for the Recreation Ground was a new item in the estimates. This was for the caretaker and the upkeep of the ground.
The cost of the
Urban Council Election
(£35/13/6), the Clerk said, was an ascertained amount. It appeared only once in three years.
Discussion took place on the estimates as a whole.
Mr. Wilmott asked if the Council had power to let the field in which the infectious hospital was situated.
The Chairman : We do let it.
The Clerk : It only made 29/- last year. We think the County Council will take it for bad cases of consumption.
Mr. Claridge : It is under their consideration now.
Mr. Spencer : With regard to the
will there be any money coming in from Irchester and Wollaston?
The Clerk : That will come in the Water Board’s accounts next year, and we shall get the benefit next year.
Mr. Spencer : At the time the Water Board obtained their loans the rates of interest were high because of the Boer War. Is it possible to get the money at less now? If the Water Board got it at only one-eighth per cent. less it would be a big sum.
The Chairman : I take it that the Water Board will look after this matter if there is any chance.
Mr. Skinner moved that the estimates be passed, and said they were very moderate.
Mr. Clipson : I second that. No one would like to see improvements more that I should, but at the present time we are not in a position to do it. We ought not to increase the rate. The Finance Committee have cut it as fine as they can to get through the year without an increase.
Mr. Bazeley : I have given notice of a motion with regard to the Council doing their own scavenging.
Mr. Claridge : I rise to a point of order. Can that be discussed now?
Mr. Bazeley : It is a question which can be discussed on the estimates. We Labour candidates pledged ourselves at the election to move again in this matter of the
I think it is not going to make the difference financially that some people think it will. We are strongly opposed to the present system. We are bound to press this matter. The only point I am in doubt about is whether, after we have approved of the estimates, I should be in order in raising the question. The purchase of horses and carts would be an after consideration. I know the financial difficulty there is in the way, but I am of opinion that it can be overcome. With regard to the expenditure on urinals, too, I suggest that the Surveyor get out estimates for public conveniences for both sexes, and at the proper time I shall move that the money be raised on loan and not paid out of the current rate. I now move that the stables and cart-sheds be built with this money which was borrowed some years ago for the purpose. It is our opinion that it should have been expended sooner and that the scavenging should have been done by the town for many years past. I do not think this will upset the budget at all.
Mr. Spencer, seconding, said : I always agree to keeping the expenditure down as far as possible and getting the best possible value for money. For years I have been of opinion that we should do our own carting. I think that on the whole it would be more economical. I am strongly opposed to the present contract system. I am not here to say that for no reason whatever would I
Raise the Rates,
if it is question of the public well-being. I think it would be very wise for the town to spend this money for the purpose for which it was borrowed.
Mr. Skinner : I understand we have committed ourselves to the contractor for another year.
The Chairman : No.
The Clerk : The new Council have power to end it.
Mr. Hyde : What would be the difference between the cost of the present system and the one suggested?
The Surveyor : I could not answer that straight off.
Mr. Swindall : It would be hundreds of pounds a year more.
Mr. Spencer : No, no.
Mr. Bazeley : It won’t cost any more.
The Surveyor : The actual scavenging is done at the present time at 4d. an hour.
Mr. Bazeley’s motion was defeated, and the estimates were then adopted.
Mr. Knight moved that the collector prepare a rate for the half-year at 2/6 in the £. This was carried.
Mr. Bazeley gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that the Surveyor get out plans for public conveniences for both sexes.
The Clerk said he had received a most important letter from the Local Government Board with regard to the housing question.
Mr. Hyde moved that the letter be received in committee, and this was carried, the representatives of the Press thereupon withdrawing.