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The Rushden Echo, 21st August, 1903, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), F. Knight, G. Denton, F. Ballard, T. Swindall, C. Bates, W. H. Wilkins, A. Mantle, W. Bazeley, and J. Hornsby, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason).

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 29th day of July, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, Fred Knight, and W. H. Wilkins.

Plans

were presented by:-

Messrs. T. Swindall and John Clarke for a new street to be called Carnegie-road leading from Wentworth-road to Duck-street, and after an inspection of the site, rejected for amendment of gradients.

Mr. H. W. Chapman for corrugated iron shed at the rear of his factory in Cromwell-road and passed.

Messrs. P. Phipps and Co. for additions to their property on Rushden-hill and passed.

Main Roads

The annual report of the County Surveyor was received, the following is an extract from the report so far as the roads in the Urban District of Rushden are concerned:-

“The excellent condition of these roads has been fully maintained and they are among the all too few first class roads in the county.

It is a source of gratification to see roads so well and efficiently managed.

The cost for the past year shows a considerable reduction but this is partly accounted for by reason of certain sections which would have been re-coated being left over until after the new water scheme (which is in course of construction) is completed. The agreed amount for the current year although it includes this additional work is well under the average cost of the past five years and in view of the good condition of the roads I hope to see a further reduction in the future.

Kettering and Higham Ferrers Roads, 3m.5¼f. Greater part in excellent surface and condition.

Wellingborough and Kimbolton Road, 1m. 4½f. One of the best roads in the county and an example of road construction and maintenance which other districts would do well to imitate.”

Public Lighting

It was resolved that the full lighting of the street lamps be commenced on Saturday the 15th August, 1903.

Telephone Wires

An application was received from Messrs. Cox and Brown for permission to carry wires over the public roads between Mr. George Selwood’s house on the Newton-road and his factory in Harborough-road, and also for permission to erect a pole in the Cemetery field.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to grant the permission asked for subject to the pole being fixed to the satisfaction of the surveyor at an annual rent of 1/-.

Co-operative Society’s New Premises

A further communication from the Secretary of the Society was received asking permission to erect scaffold poles on each side of the street for the purpose of their decorations. The Committee agreed to accede to the request.

College Street

The Surveyor submitted (a) his specification of the Private Street Works resolved to be executed in this street with plans and sections, (b) his estimate of the probable expenses of the works, (c) a provisional apportionment of the estimated expenses among the premises liable to be charged.

It was resolved that the same be submitted to the Council at their next meeting with a recommendation from this Committee to approve the same.

The Chairman congratulated the Council on the excellent report on the main roads, and said it was very creditable to the Surveyor.

The report was adopted.

Finance, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held on Wednesday, 12th August, 1903, at the Vestry Hall, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, Geo. Denton, A. Mantle, J. Hornsby and Tom Swindall.

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 17th July, 1903

37

17

11

Week ending 24th July, 1903

42

12

9

Week ending 31st July, 1903

46

8

2

Week ending 7th August, 1903

37

16

0


Collector’s Account

The Collector’s Accounts were examined from which it appeared that during the past four weeks he had collected the following sums on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

Water Rate, July 25th

114

19

4

Water Rate, August 8th

60

0

0

Water Rate, August 12th

58

19

5

Total

233

18

9


Treasurer’s Receipts

The Committee examined the Treasurer’s account from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the past four weeks by the under-mentioned person on the following accounts:-


£

s

d

July 22nd, County Council Main Roads, 1902-3

132

0

0

July 28th, County Council Main Roads, 1903-4

251

0

0

July 25th, J. Sargent, Water Rate

114

19

4

August 8th, J. Sargent, Water Rate

60

0

0

August 12th, J. Sargent, Water Rate

58

19

5

Total

616

18

9


Treasurer’s Balances

The Committee examined the Treasurer’s books and found that the following balances were in his hands on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

2,585

9

6

Loan Account No. 16

570

15

4

Total

3,156

4

10


Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported as follows:-

“Only one case of infectious disease has been reported since the last meeting, viz., erysipelas. This is sufficient evidence of the sanitary state of the town.”

The Sanitary Inspector reported that the case of erysipelas mentioned in the Medical Officer’s report was at No. 80 Moor-road and that the patient had recovered.

Water Rate

The Collector submitted a water rate for the quarter ending 29th September amounting to £470 16s. 7d. It was resolved that the Council be recommended to seal the rate at their next meeting.

The Clerk submitted the following particulars of the rate made on the 13th May, 1903.

 

£

s

d

 

£

s

d

Amount of rate

458

0

11

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears of former rate

0

18

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

458

18

11

Collected

458

4

11

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears

0

8

0

 

 

 

Irrecoverables

0

6

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

458

18

11

The Clerk submitted a statement showing the amounts irrecoverable and it was resolved that the same be written off as such.

Cemetery

Damage to Shrubs – The Caretaker reported three boys aged 9 years for damaging shrubs in the Cemetery. The Clerk was instructed to write to the parents requesting them to attend the next meeting of the Committee with the boys in question.

Smoking – The Clerk was also instructed to write cautioning a person reported as smoking in the Cemetery and drawing his attention to the new regulations on the subject.

Caretaker – An application from the Caretaker for an increase of salary was received. The Committee considered the matter and instructed the Clerk to inform Mr. Bayes that at present they were unable to recommend the Council to accede to his request.

Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Regulations

The regulations proposed by the sub-committee, having been printed and circulated amongst the members were considered and it was resolved that the same be approved by this committee and recommended to the Council for adoption.

The regulations to come into force on the 1st day of January, 1904.

It was also resolved that copies of the regulations be deposited at the Clerk’s and Surveyor’s offices for distribution to all persons interested.

Some discussion took place with regard to the dairies and cowsheds regulations, and the Chairman stated that the regulations were the minimum which the committee could recommend. They were already in operation in the Kettering district.

The report was adopted.

Licences Granted

Mr. Beaverstock applied for a renewal of his pawnbroker’s licence, and the application was acceded to.

An application from Mr. G. Willmott for the renewal of his game licence was also granted.

Postal Facilities

Applications were received from the Post Office authorities for permission to place a pillar letter-box on the pavement at the junction of High-street and Newton-road, and for permission to erect a post, with a letter-box affixed at the turning to Newton on the Bedford-road.

The Council granted the applications.

Education Act

In reply to a resolution passed by the Council asking the County Educational Committee to delegate the fullest possible powers under the Education Act to the local managers, Mr. Byron R. Simpson, secretary pro.tem., wrote that he would bring the application before the Committee as soon as possible. He mentioned, however, that he had a communication from the Board of Education stating that the Board were advised that it would not be open for a County Council to hand over to a minor local authority the enforcement of school attendance, the making of bye-laws, or the general arrangements for the training of teachers. The powers which could be exercised were only those relating to provided elementary schools and schools and colleges established for the purposes of education other than elementary (under this head being included pupil teachers’ centres, technical institutes, and evening schools). Those powers could not include the giving of directions with respect to the number and educational qualifications of teachers, or the determination of the expenditure to be incurred on the maintenance of schools.

Mr. Wilkins thought the letter showed that considerable powers could be delegated if the Education Committee chose to delegate them. In his opinion there was little chance of the Act working successfully unless the Education Committee had the active co-operation of the local committees.

The Chairman pointed out that the letter was simply Mr. Simpson’s reply, and not the Committee’s.

Mr. Denton said the Committee had not yet decided whether they could delegate practically the whole of the powers exercised by the School Boards. The Department had said they could not do it, but the same thing might be done in another way. This took place with the old Parochial Committees who had no powers but really exercised all they wanted because the authority over them acted on their recommendations.

The subject then dropped, Mr. Denton observing that there would be a general reply from the County Committee.



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