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Rushden Echo, 17th August, 1906, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Next Election


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

Plans, &c., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 25th July, 1906, when there were present: - Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), T. Swindall, A. J. Dobbs, G. Denton, J. S. Clipson, A. Mantle, and Fred Knight.

Plans

were presented by:-

  Mr. C. L. Bradfield for motor house adjoining his house on the Newton-road and passed.

  Mr. Bramley Moore for additions to house on the Rushden Court Estate and passed subject to downstairs room being properly ceiled.

  Mr. Young for house on the Rushden Court Estate and passed subject to 9” outside walls to w.c. being provided and the drain near the well being constructed of patent jointed pipes bedded in concrete.  The cesspool to comply with bye-law 86 and flushing to w.c. to comply with bye-law 69.

New Water Van

  Prices for a new water van were submitted and it was resolved to recommend the Council to purchase one from Messrs. Smith and Sons at £41.

Dust On Roads

  The Surveyor reported that he had considered several methods for preventing or modifying the nuisance arising from the dust off roads and recommended the tarring of the surface.

  He was instructed to experiment on the High-street between George-street and Queen-street.

Public Lighting

  It was resolved to commence street lighting on the 18th August next.

Water Works

  Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to take up the water mains from the Bedford-road well to the Wymington-road reservoir and endeavour to dispose of them to the Water Board.

Brook, High-Street South

  The Chairman reported that the members of this Committee met the deputation from the Roads and Bridges Committee of the County Council on Thursday, the 12th instant, and with them inspected the brook near Mr. Asher Abbott’s property and opposite Rose Hill.  It was arranged that no action should be taken with regard to the repairing of the retaining wall, &c., until the owners had again been approached with a view to culverting the brook at these points.  The owners had since been interviewed but at present had made no formal offer.

  It was resolved to obtain a formal offer in writing of the terms upon which the owners would give up the necessary land and contribute to the improvement and submit same to the whole Council in Committee on Wednesday next.

  Mr. Claridge asked whether the tarring of the portion of High-street had proved satisfactory, and if so, who would bear the cost – the Urban Council or the County Council.

  Mr. Denton said the cost of the experiment would be very small, and the cost would probably be saved in watering and cleansing.  They contracted with the County Council to maintain the roads for a given sum.

  Mr. Claridge: If the experiment proves satisfactory, is it proposed to go through the town?

  Mr. Denton said that when they had to consider the contract with the county Council they might ask for a contribution to the cost, but he thought the tarring would really be economical.

  The Surveyor believed it would result in a saving.  The County Surveyor quite approved of it, but would not pay any more.  If recently installed roads were tarred over and covered with grit it would put five years on to the life of the road.  At least that had been the experience of Folkestone.

  Mr. Bazeley: Would it be more dangerous to horse traffic in the winter?

  The Surveyor did not think it would.  Where pitch was used with the tar there was danger, but there was no pitch in the tar he was using.

  The question of extending the experiment was referred to the committee, and the report was then adopted.

Council in Committee

  A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 1st August, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard, J. Claridge, G. Denton, A. J. Dobbs, J. S. Clipson, A. Mantle, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, and F. Knight.

Brook, High Street South

  With regard to the culverting of the brook near Mr. Asher Abbott’s property the Plans Committee reported that Mr. Abbott declined to make any contribution towards the expense of carrying out the improvements.

  A written offer on behalf of Miss Florence Eady, one of the owners of the property opposite Rose Hill, was submitted from which it appeared she was prepared to sell the two cottages at the corner of Little Street with about 560 sq. yards of land for £200 provided the Council made certain fences and purchased from an adjoining owner a small plot of land and throw the same into her property.  It was understood the plot of land in question including a portion required for the improvements could be purchased from Mr. C. G. Ward for £35.

  It was resolved to accept the terms of Miss Eady’s offer and also to purchase from Mr. Ward the land therein referred to.  The Clerk was instructed to act accordingly.

Team Labour

  The question of building stables and providing team labour discussed by the whole Council in Committee on the 27th June and then adjourned for one month was again considered and it was resolved to recommend the Council to proceed to the erection of stables on the town depot site.

  The report was adopted.

Finance, &c., Committee

  A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 1st August, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, C. Bates, and J. Hornsby.

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 5th July, 1906

31

15

2

Week ending 12th July, 1906

28

4

4

Week ending 19th July, 1906

26

1

2

Week ending 26th July, 1906

29

2

5

Collector’s Accounts

  By the Collector’s accounts produced it appeared that he had during the month collected the following sum:-


£

s

d

Water Rate

102

15

9

Collector’s Fittings Accounts

  The Committee examined the Collector’s fittings accounts, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums during the month:-


£

s

d

Fittings

1

2

5

Other Roads

1

13

8

Steam Roller

6

6

2

Sewage Farm


7

0

Total

9

9

3

Treasurer’s Accounts

  From the Treasurer’s accounts produced it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the month:-


£

s

d

Collector, Water rate

102

15

9

County Council, Main Roads 1906-7

258

0

0

Collector, Fittings

9

9

3

Total

370

5

0

And that the following balances were in hand on the undermentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

509

5

4

Loan Account No. 16

557

1

11

Loan Account No. 18

1437

12

0

Total

2503

19

3

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Reports

  The Medical Officer reported that no case of infectious disease had been notified during the month.

  A serious nuisance in Queen-street, occasioned by poisoned rats, had been brought to his notice.  He had inspected the property and given instructions for abating the nuisance, which had been carried out.

  The Sanitary Inspector reported on the steps taken by him, under the direction of the Medical Officer, with regard to the rat nuisance in Queen-street.

  The Inspector was instructed to have the water in a well in Robert-street analysed.

Cemetery

  The Cemetery Sub-Committee reported that they had instructed the Surveyor to repair the gates at the Newton-road and Oswald-street entrances and also to post notices that persons found damaging the trees would be prosecuted.  The Committee also recommended the Council to purchase six one-gallon galvanised iron water cans for use by the public in the Cemetery.

Audit

  The Chairman read a letter he had received from the Local Government Board Auditor with regard to the checking of the Free Library accounts by a paid official of the Council and suggested that arrangements should be made for this to be done.

Bristol Congress

  The Surveyor submitted his report, which was ordered to be printed and circulated amongst the members of the Council with the minutes.

  The Chairman expressed the opinion that the Medical Officer’s report was very gratifying, considering the amount of infectious disease in neighbouring villages.

  Mr. Bazeley said it was understood that when anything was done with the cemetery gates in Oswald-street, double gates should be erected.

  Mr. Claridge said that was so, but it was found that the cost would be double what was expected and it would be necessary to include the amount in the estimates.

  The report was adopted.

The Next Council Election

  Mr. Dobbs moved, in accordance with notice, that application be made to the County Council for the day of polling for the Urban Council election to be fixed for the Saturday previous to the ordinary day of election.  He said he brought the motion forward to give the work-people an opportunity to record their votes.  The election was an important one, and as the electors had been disfranchised for two years – (laughter) – he thought they ought to have a chance to vote this time.

  Mr. C. Bates seconded the motion.

  Mr. Ballard asked whether the Clerk had received any complaints as to the time of the election in the past.

  The Clerk said he had not.

  Mr. Denton said that no one was more against depriving anyone of a vote than himself, but his experience was that the great difficulty was to get the voters to the poll.  He pointed out that many shopkeepers and others would be inconvenienced by holding the election on a Saturday.

  Mr. Bazeley said workers had explained that their absence from the voting station was due to the fact that they had not time after leaving work.  When there were more home-workers, things were different.

  The Chairman: Has any other district adopted Saturday?

  Mr. Bazeley: Yes, Desborough.

  Mr. Denton said that if all the workers’ representatives on the Council were of opinion that the workers were inconvenienced by holding the election on Monday he thought they might very well accept the motion without a division.

  Mr. Ballard hoped that if the change was made there would be no football match for the Saturday, or he was afraid that would be too strong an attraction.

  Mr. Bazeley said all that was wanted was to give everyone an equality of opportunity for voting.

  The motion was agreed to.

  Mr. Bazeley then moved that the urban district be divided into two wards for the election, to correspond with the present divisions for the County Council elections.  He said he should not be surprised if there were forty candidates put up, and he believed his proposal would simplify matters.

  Mr. Dobbs seconded, but the motion was lost by six votes to three.

  The Council then went into committee.



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