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Rushden Echo, 11th August 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins
Rushden Urban District Council

Shall the Feast be Held this Year?

Mr. Thruston and the Lighting Restrictions

The High Causeway in High-Street South

Diseased Meat Condemned

Municpal Houses

Wednesday, present Councillors J Spencer J.P. (chairman), T. Wilmott (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J.P., the Ven. A. Kitchin, T. Swindall and G. H. Skinner, with the clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the sanitary inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 26th July, 1916, when there were present: Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, W. Bazeley, F. Knight, J. S. Clipson, J. Hyde and T. Swindall.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. James Barnes for temporary building at the rear of No. 146, Cromwell-road, to be used as a Cycle repairing shop and store and no exception taken if placed at the bottom of the garden and the consent of the adjoining owner obtained and filed with an amended plan.

Council Houses, Class “A” Type

The Surveyor submitted estimates for the provision of barns and the construction of garden paths at the rear of these houses. With regard to the barns, the estimate for brick buildings was lower than for wooden ones, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor to obtain prices for the erection of the barns and to empower him to proceed with the work at once if the prices were within his estimate.

With regard to the garden paths the Surveyor estimated this work to cost £7, and the Committee recommended that it be carried out forthwith.

The Feast

The Chairman of the Parks Committee reported that Mr. Thurston had been to see him with reference to the arrangements for extinguishing the lights on the Feast ground should it be decided to hold the Feast as usual. Mr. Turston had assured him that he could make satisfactory arrangements with regard to lights so as to satisfy the Police Authorities, without the necessity of absolutely closing down, as required by the Council. He produced a letter from the Hon. Chaplain of the Showmen’s Guild, the Rev. T. Horn, with regard to the Guild scheme of subdued and screened lighting, which had been successfully carried out at fairs in the London, Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester Districts, together with a letter from the Chief Constable at Rotherham highly commending the way in which the lighting restrictions were adhered to by the proprietors of the shows during the time the fair was in progree there. Mr. Thurston was satisfied he could carry out the scheme successfully at Rushden and would be able to satisfy the police authorites in every respect.

The Committee resolved to recommend the Council to reconsider the matter with a view to allowing Mr. Thurston the use of the Spencer Park on the express understanding that he takes full responsibility with regard to the lighting arrangements and obtains the sanction of the police thereto. The ground to be absolutely cleared by 10 o’clock each evening.

High Causeway, High Street South

A letter was received from the Clerk to the County Council stating that the County Surveyor, on the instructions of the Roads and Bridges Committee, had inspected this causeway, and had reported that, in his opinion, the path is one which should be fenced in order to safe-guard the public. The Committee understood that the County Surveyor’s suggestion was that a "two rail" fence would be sufficeient for the purpose. In the opinion of the Committee, this would increase rather than mitigate the danger, and that if a fence is to be of any use it must be of an unclimbable character.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to so inform the County Council and to say that if that body decided that such a fence was necessary and were prepared to pay the entire cost this Council would be prepared to undertake the workon their behalf.

This report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 1st August, 1916, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Hyde and Fred Knight.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shewn therein being as follows:-


£
s
d
Week ending 6th July 1916
32
12
1
Week ending 13th July 1916
32
14
1
Week ending 20th July 1916
33
7
6
Week ending 27th July 1916
37
1
7

 
£
s
d
General District Rate
1065
7
7
Fittings
2
0
6
Green Tolls
1
0
0
Burial fees etc.
7
7
0
Cottage Rents
40
18
0

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-

 
£
s
d
Collector, District Rate
1065
7
7
Collector, Fittings
2
0
6
Collector, Green tolls
1
0
0
Cemetery Registrar, Burial fees, etc.
7
7
0
Collector, Cottage rents
40
18
0
A. E. Wright's fire, extinguishing expenses
2
9
6
Beaverstock, pawnbroker's licence
 
1
0
Clerk to Magistrates, half fine
 
3
0
County Council, main roads
280
0
0
 
£1319
6
7

And that the balances were as follows:-

 
£
s
d
General Account
2058
7
9
Loan Account No. 16
144
3
3
Loan Account No. 19
387
17
6
Loan Account No.27
251
16
3

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £1010/11/1 were examined and passed for payment.

Staff

The application of the Inspector of Nuisances for an increase of salary referred to this Committee by the Council, was considered, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to increase the officer’s salary by £10 per annum, dating from this date.

An application was also received from G. S. Turner, the office boy in the Rates Department, asking for an increase of salary. His present salary is 5/0 per week, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to grant an increase of 2/6 per week from this date.

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 Aug., 1916, when there were present:-Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), J. Spencer and J. Claridge.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The report of the Medical Officer for the month of July was received.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of July 32 preliminary notices had been issued, calling attention to nuisances etc., all of which were receiving attention.

Acting on the advice of the Medical Practitioner in attendance a quantity of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1/7/6.

The Inspector also reported that on the 5th July he inspected a quantity of meat at the premises of a butcher, a certain part of which was found to be badly diseased, which had been seized and condemned in the usual way.

The Inspector also reported a light outbreak of measles, and the Medical Officer suggested that the Sanitary Inspector should be authorized by the Committee to inform the parents that in all cases the children affected must be isolated and kept from other children for at least 14 days after the rash had disappeared, with an understanding that if the Inspector’s instructions be ignored that proceedings would be taken. The Committee agreed.

The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.

Factory Acts

The Inspector also reported that 30 notices had been sent to factories giving out work, 20 lists had been received relating to 89 outworkers receiving work in this district, and to 26 outworkers receiving work outside the district.

Sale of Crops

The Chairman reported that the sale by auction on Monday evening of the three acres of oats realized £60, which he believed was a record.

The report was adopted.

War Savings

The Chairman gave a report with regard to the appointment of a War Savings Association, and said it must be gratifying to the Council that the matter had been taken up so well in Rushden. He believed Rushden’s workpeople were trying to do their very best with regard to war savings, and he hoped the scheme would grow immensely. Undoubtedly the Germans were conserving their resources very much, and English people would be wise to do their utmost to save in every direction, so that they could not only carry out the war successfully but also be in fair position when the war came to an end.

Rushden’s Fallen Heroes

An invitation was received from the Rushden Free Church Council inviting the members of the Urban Council to attend a united memorial service at the Park-road Baptist Church on Sunday Aug. 27th, at 7.45 p.m.

The Chairman moved that the Urban Council accept the invitation. He said that on several occasions they had accepted similar invitation from the Established Church and he hoped they would do so again.

Mr. Bates seconded it and it was carried.



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