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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 10th April 1953, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
More than 300 still want houses

There are now 349 applicants for Council houses, it was reported at Rushden Council’s meeting on Wednesday, and 223 of them have completed the stipulated waiting period.

With 12 provisional applications from people desiring to become tenants of shops on the Upper Queen Street estate, the Housing Committee recommended that a site for two shops at the junction of Lawton Road and Upper Queen Street would be better than the one originally reserved between Balmoral Avenue and Gloucester Crescent. The change was agreed to, and Mr. D. E. Brown said the scope of each shop would be decided when tenants were selected.

Six tenders were received for the construction of footpaths and grass verges on the Upper Queen Street estate, and the lowest – at £3,730, submitted by Messrs. D. Blackburne and Son, of Baldock – was accepted.

The council agreed that all new houses in future should provide tenants with a choice of gas or electric cookers.

Mr. A. Green complained of “chaotic” conditions in Rectory Road due to traffic being parked on both sides.

In reply to complaints of tardy refuse collection, the surveyor (Mr. A. Millar) said he would investigate any cases reported to him. Holidays and illness had affected the service, but he did not think there was anything radically wrong.

Dust Menace

Other complaints were of dust blowing from refuse vehicles and of uneven cemetery paths which caused difficulty at funerals. Levelling of the paths was promised.

Proposals for the erection of “halt” signs at the junctions of Moor Road – Station Road and Queen Street – Rectory Road could not be approved in the absence of police support or an accident record, stated the Ministry of Transport. After considering alternative suggestions the Highways Committee recommended that “Slow – Major Road Ahead” signs be erected in Queen Street at the junction with Rectory Road. This was agreed to.

The clerk (Mr. A. G. Crowdy) reported that Rushden Co-operative Society had no objections subject to a satisfactory agreement to the use of land off Rectory Road as a car park.

By Coronation

Lamp standards on the A.6 route are to be painted and the surveyor has been asked to complete the work between Station Road and the Hall Grounds before the Coronation celebrations take place.

Arrangements for the use of the Bedford Road tip for the disposal of refuse from Higham Ferrers had commenced on April 1, reported the surveyor.

The Public Health Committee expressed them-selves satisfied that the cost of providing a new foul sewer and a surface water sewer in Blinco Road should be borne by the council, and also asked that tenders should be invited as soon as possible for a relief sewer in Washbrook Road.

Mr. W. Carroll was granted a licence for a bungalow in Hall Avenue and Mr. G. W. Foster for a house in Fern Road.

The surveyor was authorised to accept the most favourable tenders received for the external painting of 343 houses.

Building plans were as follows: Sand and gravel pits, off Kimbolton Road, Rushden, Mr. J. R. Wills; site plan for bungalow, Mr. H. R. Mead; extension to factory, Allen Road, P. Collins and Co.; extension to caravan site to accommodate 40 caravans, Mr. A. E. Folkes; garage, Talbot Road, F. Hawkes (N.V. Engineers), Ltd.; bungalow, Hall Avenue, Mr. W. Carroll; house, 311 Bedford Road, Mr. E. W. Prigmore: kitchenette, 56 St. Margaret’s Avenue, Mr. C. C. Spencer; site plan for dwelling houses at Newton Road, Mr. L. Cunnington; site plan for house and garage, Wellingborough Road, Mr. W. Colton; site plan for houses, St. Mary’s Avenue and Hall Avenue, Mr. A. Morris Wheeler; temporary use of shop as dwelling house and site for caravan, Morris Avenue, Mr. G. Lancaster; garden shed, 28 Denton Close, Mr. T. King; formation of bathroom, 175 Wellingborough Road, Mr. C. H. Hancock; garage, 20 Washbrook Road, Mr. P. Horsford; aviary, 2 Southfields, Mr. H. A. Green; extension to workshop, 15 Birchall Road, Mr. W. H. Cave; site for pig and poultry holding, Birch Road, Mr. S. Norman; bathroom, “Hillcrest” Upper Queen Street, Mr. W. Newell; garage, 56 Wellingborough Road, Mr. F. Pratt; site plan for two shops, Upper Queen Street, and four houses, Allen Road, Rushden U.D.C.; garage, Wilson Road, Mr. H. E. Chettle; new loading door at printing works, George Street, Stanley L. Hunt (Printers), Ltd; house Quorn Road, Mr. W. H. Skinner; house Quorn Road, Mr. T. R. Walker; house, Hall Avenue, Mr. F. Wright; bungalow, Palm Road, Mr. K. Cowper; site plan for extensions, Lime Street, John White (Footwear), Ltd; extensions, at 2 Prospect Avenue, Mr. H. Denton; alterations and extension to kitchen, Hall Stores, St. Mary’s Avenue, Mrs. G. Folder; alterations at Crane’s Bakery, Higham Road, Mr. B. Crane; alterations to outbuildings, 25 Prospect Avenue, Mr. J. R. Marriott; glazed covered way, 96 Hall Avenue, Mr. A. T. Bennett; garage, Quorn Road, Mr. R. Willmott; formation of bathroom, 8 Station Road, Miss V. Childs.

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 17th April 1953, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Spending Rushden’s Money
Mr. W. D. White, Rushden Urban Council’s treasurer, explained how the council was going to spend its money during the next 12 months when he spoke to the Chamber of Trade on Monday.

Mr. White said the estimated expenditure was £316,000. Of that figure £64,000 would meet precepts, and local expenditure would comprise £132,000 from revenue with £120,000 on the council’s capital programme.

Income would include £120,000 from loans, £105,000 from rates, £39,000 from house rents, £35,000 from Government grants and subsidies and £17,000 from miscellaneous sources.

The treasurer also outlined the manner in which the council had spent money during 1951-52. Housing capital schemes had taken 34 per cent, precepts 17 per cent, wages and salaries 12 per cent and loan charges 11 per cent. Income, which had amounted to £294,000, was from loans (36 per cent), rates (28 per cent), house rents (8½ per cent), and Government grants (5½ per cent).

Mr. White spoke of the merits and demerits of the rating system, and compared local government accounts with those of the private trader.

Thanks were expressed by Mr. A. S. Knight, Mr. Eric Roe was in the chair.

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