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Rushden Echo, 19th August, 1932, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Ministerial Sanction for New Road
Dr. Greenfield’s Protest Against ’Bus Stopping Places

The August meetings of local authorities are generally devoid of anything bordering on the sensational, and the meeting of the Rushden Urban Council on Wednesday evening was no exception to the rule.

There were several interesting items, however, amongst which were the following:-

The announcement of ministerial sanction to the construction of a road, a continuation of Tennyson Place, to accommodate about sixty houses;

A reference to the danger of the ’bus stopping places at the Railway Bridge, by Dr. Greenfield, and a suggestion for their alteration.

A reply by Mr. Allebone that the Council must not cry “Wolf!” too often or no notice would be taken of them; and

The decision of the Council that proceedings would be taken against High-street tradesmen who did not fix their shop blinds and flaps so as not to cause obstruction.

Fifteen minutes sufficed for the whole of the Council business.

“Weary People” At Newton Road Letter Box

Members present.

The members present were Messrs. J. Roe, J.P. (in the chair), J. Spencer, J.P. (vice-chairman), W. C. Tarry, T. F. B. Newberry, A. Allebone, C.C., F. Green, J. Allen, D. G. Greenfield, M.D., L. Tysoe, C. W. Horrell, C.A., T. Swindall, A. Wilmott, G. W. Coles, J.P., J. Hornsby, and J. T. Richardson, with the Clerk, Mr. G. S. Mason, the Surveyor, Mr. J. W. Lloyd, and the Sanitary Inspector, Mr. F. S. F. Piper.


The Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee reported that plans had been presented for a bungalow in Newton-road for Mrs. G. M. Clayton; garage in Newton-road for the Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society, Ltd., additional sanitary accommodation to their factory in Rectory-road for the Coxton Shoe Company, Limited; garage in Wymington-road for Mr. T. C. Cross; and garage in Wymington-road for Mr. J. C. Simpson.

All these plans were approved.

Electricity Orders

A notice was received from the Northampton Electric Light and Power Co., of their intention to lay an extra high tension underground cable in Station, Midland and Irchester roads.

High-street Building Line

Mr. Cleaver submitted a plan for the alteration of the building line of No. 47, High-street, and the Surveyor was instructed to submit the plan to the County Surveyor for approval.

County Roads – Gritting

The Surveyor submitted correspondence with the County Surveyor as to the amount to be allowed for the gritting of the county roads, and the Highways Committee recommended to the Council that a sum of £31 per annum be accepted irrespective of the amount spent.

This was approved.

Mr. Allebone, chairman of the Highways Committee, explained to the Council that the amount of £31 was on the same basis as the County Council would contract with other authorities.

Purvis-road Path

A letter was received by the Highways Committee from the Rushden Permanent Allotment and Small Holdings Society Limited suggesting that a deputation from the Society should meet a deputation from the Council with regard to the proposed closing of the path at the rear of Purvis-road. Messrs. Allebone, Coles and Wilmot were appointed as the deputation representing the Council.

The members appointed attended a further meeting at the close of that meeting and expressed the willingness of the Society to the footpath being entirely blocked up provided that there is a distinct understanding that an entrance will be provided by the Council to the Society’s land if and when the construction of Tennyson Place is completed.

The Committee agreed and instructed the Surveyor to supply the Clerk with a copy of the plan showing the proposal. It was understood that the plan would be open to the inspection of the Association any time they wished to see it.

This recommendation was approved by the Council.

Mr. Allebone said the sub-committee met the members of the Allotment Association and the plan of the layout of the Estate was presented by the Surveyor, and the proposal met with the approval of the Allotment Association.

Public Lighting

The Lighting Sub-Committee recommended to the Lighting Committee that the Council should be asked to provide new lamps in the following places:- One in Trafford-road, two in Wymington-road, one on St. Crispin Estate, two in Pightles Terrace and to move the one in Newton-road and also that in Harborough-road a distance of about five yards.

The Committee and the Council agreed.

The Council were also recommended to order a further supply of gas columns and electric light standards and to place the same in stock, and it was agreed to do this.

Winter Lighting

The Council resolved to commence winter lighting on Saturday, the 27th August, and to close on 6th May, 1933.

Parking Places

The Highways Committee reported that they had received some suggestions from the Police with regard to additional light being provided in Rectory-road and College-street, and it was resolved to carry the same into effect. - Approved.

Mr. Allebone, in proposing this resolution, said: “The suggestion we had from the Police was that the lamps in Rectory-road and College-street, which had on them a “P”, which denotes parking, should be lit the first Saturday after the August holidays as it was felt that would be a distinct advantage to the parking places. We therefore acted on this suggestion and did not actually ask the Council for confirmation of our action.”


The Sub-committee appointed at the last meeting of the Highways Committee reported that they had considered the provision of a motor vehicle and now recommended the purchase of a 30 cwt. Morris lorry, from Mr. D. Nicholson, at a total cost of £213 10s., Mr. Nicholson to take over the old lorry.

The Committee recommended the Council accordingly and this was approved.

Irchester-road Flooding

A reference was made with regard to the complaint received from Mr. Potton as to the flooding of his garden through the surface water from the road running into it from the adjoining field.

A sub-committee consisting of the Chairman of the Highways Committee and the Surveyor was appointed to see Mr. Potton.

Spencer Park

Following the receipt of a police report the Council agreed to institute proceedings against a Higham Ferrers cyclist who was stated to have ridden a bicycle on the public footpath in Spencer Park.


The Health and Sanitary Committee stated that the report of the Medical Officer for the month of July was received, and that the Sanitary Inspector submitted his monthly report of the work and inspections of the Sanitary department.

Factory and Workshops Acts

The Inspector reported that since the last meeting outworkers lists had been despatched to occupiers of factories and workshops in the district. Forty-one had since been returned, nine of which number contained the names of 19 outworkers.

Petroleum Acts

An application was received from Mr. Peter Fett for a licence to store 500 gallons of petrol in an underground rolled steel tank at his premises, No. 10, Wentworth-road. The tank had been tested and approved.

The Council acceded to the application.


The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had now been able to test the drain to Nos. 210 to 214 and Nos. 206 and 208, Wellingborough-road and found same defective thereby causing a nuisance.

The Sanitary and Health Committee recommended to the Council that a notice be served on the owners requiring them to abate the nuisance within 28 days, and this was agreed.

Shop Window Blinds

Attention was again called to the dangerous state of many of the sun blinds in the High-street notwithstanding the warning issued by the Health and Sanitary Committee some few months ago, and they now recommended to the Council that notice be given to the shopkeepers concerned that unless the blinds and flaps be fixed so as not to cause obstruction proceedings would be at once taken against them.

This was agreed.

Sanction for New Road

Mr. Spencer said as there was no report of any meeting of the Housing Committee he would like to ask the chairman of that Committee whether sanction had been received for the construction of the proposed new road, a continuation of Tennyson Place.

Mr. Allen: I think perhaps the Clerk will be able to answer that question better than I can.

The Council were informed that sanction had been received that morning.

’Bus Stopping Places

Dr. Greenfield said: “I would like to ask the chairman of the Highways Committee if they will consider once again the question of the stopping places for ‘buses against the railway bridge. My point is this: two ‘buses stop, one going to and the other coming from Higham, and you try and get past them, and then they start and you are in an awkward position. The old answer used to be that the stopping places were arranged before the ’buses reached the bridge because passengers on the outside of the old open ‘buses might jump up from their seats to alight, but these ‘buses have practically ceased to exist, and I think that if the ‘buses went under the bridge before stopping it would ease the traffic jam.

“Another point which has been brought up before is that of the letter box at the corner of Newton-road. It serves as a leaning post for many weary people some of whom stand outside the letter box. If it were put a few yards away one of the more dangerous corners in the town would be made a little bit easier to get round.”

Mr. Allebone (chairman of the Highways Committee): “I can promise the matter will be considered at our next meeting, but I would like to point out that although the police do all they can to fall in with the wishes of this Council as regards traffic, this Council has no jurisdiction whatever, it all comes under the jurisdiction of the police. I think perhaps that to have the ‘bus stopping place outside the Stationmaster’s house would make a dangerous spot at the top of Station-road. I was talking to the Inspector with Mr. Coles, only a few days ago, and he pointed out that several times in the last few years we have got the ’buses to move their stopping and starting places, and so far we have not found anything very detrimental. We do not wish to run against the ‘Bus Co. any more than we can help because, if we mess things about too much it will get so that they do not take any notice. Unless we can definitely show that there is something dangerous I think we shall have a job to get any alterations.

“With regard to the question of the moving of the letter box, I think we shall have to get the advice of our Clerk on our position with regard to that.”

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