|The Rushden Echo, 16th August, 1912, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Disinfection Of Schools
A meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday, when there were present Messrs. G. Miller, C.C., (chairman), C. Bates (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., John Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, C. E. Bayes, J. Spencer, W. Bazeley, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin, with Mr. G. S. Mason (clerk) Mr. W. B. Madin (surveyor), and Mr. F. J. Allen (sanitary inspector).
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 24th July, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (Chairman), C. Bates, J. Claridge, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, Fred Knight, and J. Spencer.
were presented by:-
Mrs. Scholes for small temporary building for use as a bicycle shed at the rear of No. 82, Moor-road, and no exception taken.
Mr. Walter Dickens for corrugated iron building for use as a bicycle shed at the rear of No. 106, Harborough-road, and no exception taken.
Mr. E. Wrighton an amended plan for shed at the rear of No. 23, Crabb-street, and passed.
It was resolved to commence full street lighting for the winter season on Saturday, the 17th of August.
A letter was received from the Clerk to the Wymington Parish Council asking this Council to continue the lighting on the Wymington-road from Mr. Browning’s house to the Windmill.
The Committee could not see their way to recommend the Council to accede to this request.
A further letter was received from the Wymington Parish Council calling attention to the stiles on this footpath, and the Surveyor was instructed to give the matter his attention.
The report was adopted.
Mr. Bazeley, with reference to the Wymington footpath, said that at a meeting of the Plans Committee last year he spoke of two of the stiles being without steps and the rail being too high, making it as awkward as it could be. He thought the matter had been put right, but he now learnt that was not so. At present it was nothing but a complete obstruction for women and children especially.
The Chairman said that the Surveyor would look into the matter.
Finance And Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 30th July, 1912, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, F. Ballard, and Fred Knight.
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 balances on the under-mentioned accounts were as follow:-
Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £985/17/6 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 31st July, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health And Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that seven cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., six of scarlet fever and one of pulmonary tuberculosis.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of July 44 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which for the most part were being complied with.
Two lots of bedding had been destroyed after deaths from consumption and the houses sprayed and fumigated.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of the bedding destroyed at a cost not exceeding 25/0.
Two books belonging to the Public Library found in an infected house had been destroyed. It was also resolved to recommend the Council to replace the books.
The Inspector reported that he had received complaints as to the flooding of premises in Duck-street and Little-street caused by the recent heavy rains, and read a letter from Mr. Harry Westley, of No. 60, Duck-street, as to the nuisance on his premises following the flooding. The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Westley informing him that owing to the situation of the property it was impossible for the Council to do anything to prevent flooding in the case of exceptional rains, but that if he would inform the Surveyor immediately a flood occurred the Council’s men should be sent to clean up with as little delay as possible.
The Surveyor and Inspector were instructed to visit Little-street and report as to what steps could be taken to minimise the nuisance from flooding there.
The Inspector reported that a house in Portland-road, occupied by Mr. H. Catlin and owned by Mr. William Packwood, had defective drains. The drains were tested owing to several cases of infectious disease occurring on the premises. The owner has remedied part of the defects found, but on retesting the drains the Inspector found them still in a defective condition, so as to be, in his opinion, injurious or dangerous to health.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Inspector after 24 hours’ notice to the occupier of the premises to enter the same with or without assistants and to cause the ground to be opened and examine the drain, and, if found defective, cause notice in writing to be given to the owner, requiring him forthwith to do the necessary works.
An application was received from Mr. C. Chamberlain, of Wellingborough-road, for a licence to store petrol on his premises. It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the request.
A letter was received from the Clerk to the local Managers with reference to correspondence which had passed between himself and the Secretary of the County Committee as to the disinfection of the schools by order of the Council, and expressing the opinion of the Managers that there is now no necessity for so frequently disinfecting them.
The Clerk was instructed to forward the letter to the Medical Officer of Health, asking him for an expression of opinion thereon.
Shops Act, 1912
Further communications from the Clerk to the County Council with reference to the delegation of powers of this Act to the District Councils were received, from which it appeared that a number of points had been raised by the Secretary of State which required settlement before the question of delegation could be further proceeded with.
Medical Officer Of Health
A letter was received from the Local Government Board with further reference to the appointment, at some future time, of a whole-time Medical Officer of Health for this and neighbouring districts.
The Clerk was instructed to acknowledge the receipt of the letter and to say that the Committee were still of the opinion expressed by the Council in 1909 that such an arrangement would tend to improve administration.
The report was adopted.
No Police Court
The Home Secretary’s reply as to a police court for Rushden is referred to in our leading article.
A Good Suggestion
Mr. Spencer gave notice that at the next meeting he should move that an application be made to the Northants County Council, seeing that they proposed to erect a technical institute and boot factory in the county, to consider Rushden as a suitable place in which to erect the same. It was proposed to spend £5,000 on the buildings and £1,000 a year upkeep; and they might at any rate lay before the County Council reasons for choosing Rushden. Rushden was a boot centre, and Wellingborough was not.
Mr. Bazeley: I am afraid it is like pouring water on a duck’s back.