|16th December, 1910, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Houses Reported Unfit For Habitation
A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present: Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), and J. Claridge (vice-chairman), the Ven. A. Kitchin, Messrs. G. H. Skinner, G. Miller, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, C. Bates, J. Spencer, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. W. G. F. Kingston).
A letter was read from Mr. G. H. Skinner, thanking the Council for their letter of sympathy with him and his family in their recent sad bereavement.
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 30th November, 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, C. E. Bayes, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, and F. Ballard.
The Surveyor submitted specimen of street name-plates and informed the Committee that about fifteen were required for renewals and six for new streets.
The surveyor was instructed to order the plates required similar to the specimen submitted for Orchard-place.
The Surveyor was instructed to re-place missing numbers which, he explained to the Committee, were in most cases caused by the painters failing to re-place them after painting the doors.
The Committee also instructed the Surveyor to circularize the painters of the town calling their attention to the matter and requesting them in future to be careful to re-place any numbers removed.
With reference to the suggested improvement by the Church-yard, the County Surveyor wrote stating that his Roads and Bridges Committee did not meet again until December when he would place before them the Council’s request for an interview on the site. The County Surveyor regretted that it was too late for the scheme to go forward to the Road Board this year.
The Surveyor submitted two specifications and estimates for the making up of this road, as follows:-
The Surveyor explained that if the first scheme were adopted the work would be of a permanent nature and would require little more doing to it for many years.
The second scheme was less substantial and would require further attention as the metal disappeared.
The Committee decided to recommend the Council to approach the owners of the following properties using the road with a view to their agreeing to contribute the necessary funds for carrying out scheme No. 2 which they apportioned as follows:-
In the event of the owners declining to accept these arrangements, it was further resolved to recommend the Council to put into force the Private Street Works Act and carry out scheme No. 1.
The Surveyor submitted a plan showing the surplus property at the corner of Queen-street.
The Committee resolved to recommend the Council to give instructions for the same to be sold by public auction at an early date.
A letter was received from the Estate Agent of the Midland Railway Co. acknowledging receipt of the Clerk’s letter of the 18th August last, and suggesting that the Company’s Engineer should meet the Council on the subject. The Engineer would communicate with the Clerk in due course.
The report was adopted.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Tuesday, the 6th Dec., 1910, at 10 a.m., when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, and T. Swindall.
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £454/16/5 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 7th Dec., 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), F. Knight, J. Spencer, C. Bates, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that two cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., one of diphtheria and one of erysipelas.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that 35 informal notices had been issued during the past month, calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
The Inspector also reported that the premises occupied as a stable by Mr. Thos. Patenall in Elm-street were without a sufficient manure pit or other receptacle. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on Mr. Patenall requiring him to provide a suitable and properly constructed manure pit forthwith.
An application had been received from Mr. George Meadows to be registered as a purveyor of milk and his name placed on the register.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that Mr. A. O. Groome had failed to comply with the notice served upon him by the Council requiring him to provide suitable receptacles for the houses in Kilburn-place comprised in the Inspector’s report to this Committee on the 5th October last. The time specified in the notice having expired it was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Inspector to provide the receptacles required and, after obtaining the consent of the respective occupiers, place them on the premises.
Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order
The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received from which it appeared that on the 28th and 29th November and the 1st December, 1910, he had visited 25 premises, belonging to 23 cowkeepers, and inspected 269 cows and heifers making special examination of their udders and throats. The cows he found in a very healthy condition, and the Committee considered the report satisfactory.
Housing, Town Planning, &c., Act
Houses requiring early attention The Sanitary Inspector submitted a list of dwelling houses the early inspection of which is in the opinion of the Medical Officer of Health desirable.
Inspections made The Medical Officer of Health reported that in company with the Sanitary Inspector he had visited and inspected the following properties:-
The Medical Officer in his report set out in detail the condition of the various houses and stated that he had no hesitation in expressing an opinion that in their present condition they are unfit for human habitation.
With regard to the property, No. 12 Little-street, the Committee thought it desirable to have the Medical Officer’s report on the adjoining houses, the property of the same owner, before dealing with this house. As to the other properties, the Clerk was instructed to communicate with the various owners informing them that the Committee had received from their Medical Officer a report stating that the houses referred to were unfit for human habitation and informing them that if they wish to show cause why the Council should not proceed to make a closing Order the Committee would be pleased to receive them at their next meeting and consider any suggestions they might have to make as to how the houses in question could be rendered fit for human habitation.
The application for permission to erect a band stand in the Council field by voluntary subscription referred to this Committee by the Council was considered, and it was unanimously resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application, subject to a plan of the proposed stand being submitted to and approved by the Surveyor and the work of erecting it done to his satisfaction.
Sewage Disposal Works
As instructed at the last meeting, the Surveyor submitted a scheme and estimate for planting the western boundary of the works with Austrian pines and poplars and erecting a fence to protect the same. The total expense was estimated at £35, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to order the work to proceed.
Destruction of Rats
Circular letters from the Local Government Board dated 10th and 12th November, with copies of the memorandum prepared by the Local Government Board’s Medical Officer of Health on the same subject of plague, were received, and the Sanitary Inspector was instructed to carry into effect the suggestions therein contained as occasion might require.
The report was adopted.
Free Library Committee
A meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, the 9th December, 1910, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, S. T. Fox, W. Clarke, S. Saddler, J. T. Colson, the Ven. A. Kitchin, and the Rev. J. H. Lynn.
The minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee held on the 3rd June, 1910, having been printed and circulated amongst the members of the Committee, it was resolved that the same be approved and confirmed under the hand of the Chairman.
Papers and Periodicals
It was resolved that Mr. Phillipson’s contract for the supply of papers and periodicals be renewed for the year 1910 at the same price as for the current year.
It was resolved to request the Council to authorise this Committee to expend a further sum of £15 in the purchase of new books.
The Management Committee reported that since the last meeting 111 volumes had been added to the Library.
The Secretary reported that the number of books issued during the six months ended 30th November was 9,519.
Sale of Periodicals
It was resolved that the sale of papers, &c., be held on Saturday, 17th December, at 8 p.m., and that Mr. J. S. Mason be asked to kindly conduct the sale.
The report was adopted.