|Rushden Echo, 16th August, 1918, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Civilians And The “Seats For Wounded Soldiers”
Wednesday, present: Councillors T. Wilmott, J.P. (in the chair), F. Knight, J.P. (vice-chairman), J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, J. Tomlin, and F. Green, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the temporary Sanitary Inspector (Mr. A. E. Lloyd).
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, July 24th, 1918, when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), F. Knight, J. S. Clipson, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and J. Tomlin.
The Surveyor informed the Committee that the Steam Roller had been examined by the National Boiler and General Insurance Co.’s Inspector, who had reported “all in order.”
No. 1 Steam Fire Engine
This engine was also examined by the Company’s Inspector, and found to be in a satisfactory condition.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to have two seats fixed at the south end of the Green at an estimated cost of £7.
The report was adopted.
Mr. Claridge said he was glad the committee had suggested these seats, and he was sure they would be appreciated. He hoped that next year further seats would be provided.
Mr. Hornsby asked if these seats were for the wounded soldiers or for the general public. In the case of the seats already erected there seemed to be some little misunderstanding. He thought the soldiers should have the first claim, but he did not see why other people should not use the seats if there were no soldiers about.
The Chairman said these seats on the Green were distinctly for the use of the public, and were placed near the motor ‘bus stopping place. If further seats were provided they might be reserved for the wounded soldiers.
Mr. Bazeley said he often saw civilians using the seats, and he had seen the same thing at Wellingborough when there were no soldiers about. It should be understood that the soldier had the prior claim, but there was no reason why the general public should not use them when there were so soldiers requiring them.
The Chairman said there was no objection to the public using the seats when not required by the soldiers, but it should be understood that the seats should not be abused.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, July 30th, 1918, at 10 a.m., when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), F. Knight, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and F. Green.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Collector’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-
The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the following balances were in his hands:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £416 15s. 5d. were examined and passed for payment.
The Clerk reported that Mr. G. L. Gibson, the District Auditor, duly completed the audit of the accounts for the year ended March 31st last on July 8th, and had signed same as correct.
An application was received from Mr. G. S. Turner for an increase of salary, and it was resolved to recommend the Council that his salary be increased by 5s. per week.
The report was adopted.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, July 31st, 1918, when there were present: Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and F. Green.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The report of the Medical Officer for the month of July was received.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 19 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances etc., all of which were receiving attention.
One lot of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption, and the room stripped and cleansed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of the bedding destroyed at a cost not exceeding £1 7s. 6d.
The Inspector also reported that a quantity of ox liver and sausages voluntarily surrendered had been destroyed as unfit for human consumption.
The Inspector further reported that he had visited and inspected the factory in Harborough-road in the occupation of Mr. Chas. Hodson, boot manufacturer, which he found deficient in sanitary accommodation, persons of both sex being employed there. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the occupier requiring him to provide suitable and separate sanitary accommodation forthwith.
The Inspector informed the Committee that his attention had been called to the lack of sanitary accommodation to the building at the rear of the Oakley Inn used as a manufactory. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice in this case also requiring the occupier to provide separate and suitable sanitary accommodation forthwith.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
The report of the Cemetery Registrar for the past half-year was received, from which it appeared that during that period 70 interments had taken place, twelve grave spaces had been purchased and six reserved for a period of 14 years. The whole of the plots on Block “B” had now been appropriated. The total receipts for the half-year had been £70 18s. 6d. No fees remained unpaid.
The Committee considered the report very satisfactory.
An application was received from Mr. Robert Hooper for the return of half the cemetery fees paid by him he having been charged double fees in respect of a purchased grave space for the interment of his sister Harriett Hooper on the ground that she was a non-parishioner.
The Committee considered that her home was at Rushden and that she might reasonably be treated as a parishioner and single fees only charged; it was therefore resolved to recommend the Council to return the extra charges.
The Surveyor reported that the sale of the cereal crops at the farm took place on the 22nd instant and realised £111, an increase on last year.
The report was adopted, Mr. Hornsby expressing the hope that in future cases the committee would consider whether they should not recommend the allowance of a larger sum where bedding was destroyed, as the cost had gone up so much.
Mr. Knight explained that in the sum recommended the committee took into account the present cost of bedding.