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Rushden Urban District Council

10th December, 1915

Are Measles German?
The Relief Funds
Infectious Diseases
The Municipal Housing Scheme
Granite or Slag Roads
The 7th R.W.F.

Wednesday, present Councillors T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman), John Spencer (vice-chairman), J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, Lieut. L. Perkins, B.Sc., T. Wilmott, J. Hyde, F. Knight, J.P., 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).

Relief Funds

The Chairman reported that, in regard to the suggestion of the Urban Council, the Rushden Belgian Relief Committee had now enlarged their scope and would allocate their funds for the relief of the various Allies. He thought the town would appreciate the change.

Mr. Knight added that the committee had had 3,000 circulars sent round the town and an explanatory letter sent to the shoe manufacturers. He hoped that as a result the funds would be augmented.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 24th Nov., 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. Spencer, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. W. G. Wilmott for warehouse and offices in Midland-road, and rejected on account of the drainage arrangements and a coal shoot being shown on the public pavement.

Mr. C. W. Horrell for additions to his factory in Moor-road and rejected as not in accordance with the bye-laws.

Shirley-Road

The Clerk reported that the whole of the apportioned charges in respect of the making up of this street, under the Private Street Works Act, had now been paid.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to issue the usual notices declaring the street a public highway repairable by the inhabitants at large.

Manufacture of Gas

A circular letter was received from the Ministry of Munitions of War enclosing copy of a notice that had been given to the local Gas Company with reference to the extraction from the gas of beuzol, tolnol and zylol and other constituents required for the manufacture of war munitions.

Irchester-Road

The Surveyor was instructed to level and gravel the ground in front of the factory in Irchester-road recently erected by Messrs. Eaton and Co.

The report was adopted.

Housing Committee

A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 24th Nov., 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, and T. Wilmott.

Rents

The Chairman reported that the Committee visited and inspected the cottages that afternoon. With regard to the centre house, which was slightly larger than the rest, it was resolved to recommend the Council to fix the rent at 4/6 weekly, the tenant paying all rates.

Tenants

Tenants were selected for the remaining five houses, which, it was understood, would all be ready for occupation by 18th December.

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 30th November, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. Bates, John Claridge, and F. Knight.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The committee examined the surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£

s

d

Week ending 4th November, 1915

29

10

2

Week ending 11th November, 1915

30

9

9

Week ending 18th November, 1915

29

11

3

Week ending 25th November, 1915

29

8

2

Collector’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

General district rate

1245

7

6

Fittings

3

13

9

Green Tolls


14

0

Burial fees, etc

20

2

0

Treasurer’s Accounts

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


£

s

d

Collector, General District Rate

1245

7

6

Collector, Green tolls


14

0

Collector, Fittings

3

13

9

Burial fees, etc

20

2

0

Collector, Cottages rents

33

4

0

County Council, Main roads

255

0

0

County Council, Tarring, etc

147

0

2

Paymaster General, in lieu of rates

16

10

8

Total

1721

12

1

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General account

1677

19

7

Loan Account No. 16

144

15

10

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Loan Account No. 26

12

17

0

Loan Account No. 27

1023

13

1

Loan Account No. 28 o/d

254

12

6

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £650/5/5 were examined and passed for payment.

Audit

The auditor’s report was received, from which it appeared that he completed the audit of the accounts for the year ended 31st March, 1915, on the 4th November. The auditor called attention to the overdraft on the treasurer’s general account at the close of the financial year and suggested that the Council should take steps to provide against this in the future. The report stated that the accounts were neatly and accurately prepared.

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 1st December, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (Chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and G. H. Skinner.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that thirteen cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., one of scarlet fever, one of ophthalmia neonatorum, five of diphtheria, three of erysipelas, and three of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Thirty births had been notified during the month, viz., 16 males and 14 females.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of November 41 preliminary notices had been issued, calling attention to nuisances, etc., all of which were receiving attention.

The Inspector also reported that the foot-way leading from High-street to Woburn-place had been repaired by the abutting owners and was much improved.

The Inspector further reported that the backways of the premises Nos. 1 to 21, South-terrace, were in a defective, worn and dangerous condition. The houses were also without proper sinks and drains, and the outhouses required spouting to prevent the roof water splashing on the ground and making the premises damp. The Inspector was requested to write to the owner with a view to the defects being remedied.

Two lots of bedding had been destroyed after deaths from consumption, and the premises sprayed and fumigated. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1/5/0.

The owner of the property Nos. 54 and 56 Cromwell-road had given instructions for the premises to be cleansed and repaired and the yard paving repaired where necessary.

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

Orchard-Place

Attention was called to the state of the roadway leading from High-street to Orchard-place, and the Inspector was instructed to communicate with the abutting owners with a view to the same being repaired.

The report was adopted.

Kings-Road

The Plans Committee reported the receipt of a letter from Mr. George Miller, asking the Council to allow Kings-road to be finished off with slag instead of granite. The committee recommended that the application be granted on the undertaking that the tenants should be responsible for tar-painting the road.

The Chairman said the difference in the cost of the two methods would be a saving of £70 or £80 by using slag. The traffic in Kings-road would not be great. The cost of tar painting would be £12.

Mr. Bazeley said that if the Council granted this application they must do the same in the case of other roads.

Mr. Spencer, in reply to Mr. Hyde, said that the life of granite would be much greater than that of slag.

Attention was called to the fact that the Council had for the last 10 or 12 years, enforced a top dressing of granite.

As an amendment to the committee’s recommendation Mr. Bazeley moved that 8 feet of the centre of the road be finished with granite and the sides of the road with slag, and tar painted, which he thought would make a perfectly satisfactory road.

Mr. Bates seconded, and the amendment was carried.

Municipal Houses

In answer to Mr. Perkins, the Chairman said that the applications for the municipal houses were considered in the order in which they were received.

7th R.W.F.

The Clerk read a letter from the Festiniog Urban Council expressing gratitude to the Rushden Council and the inhabitants of Rushden for the great kindness shown to the 7th R.W.F., and also for the good words spoken in Rushden as to the behaviour of the men.

The letter added that the people of Festiniog greatly appreciated the kindness shown by the Rushden people to the 7th R.W.F.

The Chairman: I have heard that any Rushdenite who goes to these Welsh towns has only to say he come from Rushden and he is at once well received.

Mr. Claridge: A good number of the men billeted here came from Festiniog.

Measles

The Clerk read a letter from the Local Government Board, enclosing an Order putting in force the Notification of Diseases Act as applied to measles and German measles, from January 1st next.

Mr. Hyde: Can’t you give German measles a new name? (Laughter.)

Mr. Claridge moved that notice be given of the Order, and this was carried.

Appeals Tribunal

Sanction was given to the Appeals Tribunal to use the Council Chamber for its sittings.

The Chairman said he wished to make it clear that the Appeals Tribunal could not accept applications from anyone who had not been enrolled and attested.



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