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Rushden Echo, 13th December, 1918 , transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Better Exit at the M.R. Station
Precautions against Influenza
A Case of Anthrax
Maternity and Child Welfare

  Wednesday, present Councillors T. Wilmott, J.P., (in the chair), W. Bazeley, J.P., T. Swindall, J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., 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).

M.R. Station

  Referring to the request sent to the M.R. Company from the Council asking that better arrangements should be made with regard to exit from the Rushden station, the Clerk said that the station master told him that he would do whatever he could to improve the state of things, but at present, owing to the shortage of staff, he could only use the second exit on Saturdays.  Since the Council wrote to the Company the lighting restrictions had been withdrawn, so that now the exit was better lighted.

Plans, Etc., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 1918, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), F. Knight, J. S. Clipson, J. Hornsby, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and J. Tomlin.

Old Beer House, No. 13, High-Street

  A letter was received from Messrs. Campbell Praed and Co., asking the Council to mark upon the plan enclosed therewith the building line desired on the erection of new buildings on the site of this property.  The Surveyor produced a plan which he prepared some years since showing a building line for a street improvement, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to adopt this line, and the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Surveyor were appointed a Committee to meet a representative of Messrs. Praed and Co. on the site and arrange accordingly.

Washbrook-Road

  The Surveyor submitted an estimate of the cost of fencing in the triangular piece of ground in the Washbrook-road at its junction with Higham-road, and it was resolved to defer the further consideration of the matter for the present in the hope that there may shortly be a reduction in the cost of materials.

Public Lighting

  The Lighting Sub-Committee reported that they had selected the 50 per cent. of public lamps, which would now be allowed and that arrangements were being made for them to be lighted as soon as lamp-lighters could be obtained.  The Gas Company had intimated that they could not continue to undertake the work, and the Surveyor was authorised to see Mr. Lockie and ask him to continue as at present pending further arrangements.

Damaged Lamp Column

  The Surveyor reported that a lamp-post on the Wellingborough-road had been damaged by a motor lorry owned by Messrs. Manning and Co., and was instructed to send them a bill for the cost of the repairs.

Main Roads

  A letter from the County Surveyor was received asking the Council to submit particulars of their requirements for Road Materials for the coming year, as it was hoped that material would shortly be available.  The County Surveyor also asked for information as to the Council’s employees at present serving with the Forces and if the Council desired their return.  The Surveyor was instructed to send in the names of the five men serving with the Labour Battalion and ask that they might be released as soon as possible.

  The report was adopted.

Finance & Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, December 3rd, 1918, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), C. Bates, J. Claridge, and Fred Green.

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 Nov. 7th, 1918

43

12

10

Week ending Nov. 14th, 1918

42

2

1

Week ending Nov. 21st, 1918

43

16

11

Week ending Nov. 28th, 1918

40

19

4

Collector’s Accounts

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


£

s

d

General district rate

1055

10

7

Fittings

5

0

3

Cottage rents

41

7

0

Burial fees, etc…

22

9

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, rate

1055

10

7

H.M. Paymaster General in lieu of rates

17

12

10

Free Library, fees, etc

1

18

9

L. G. Board, Nat. Registration

35

13

6

Mrs. A. Perkins, chimney on fire

2

6

Collector, cottage rents

41

7

0

Collector, fittings

5

0

3

Cemetery Registrar, burial fees, etc

23

9

0

Total

1180

14

5

And that the following balances were in hand:-


£

s

d

General account

1532

13

11

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts

  The following accounts were examined, amounting to £926  10s. 6d., and passed for payment.

Memorandum Of General District Rate

  The Collector submitted the following memorandum of General District Rate:-

 

£

s

d

£

s

d

Rate made April 17th, 1918

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amount of rate

4505

6

5

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears of former rate

2

11

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4507

18

3

Amount collected

4440

1

7

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears

9

13

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4449

15

5

Irrecoverable arrears

 

 

 

58

2

10

  The Collector also submitted a list of the irrecoverable amounts, and it was resolved to recommend the Council that they be written off.

  The report was adopted.

Health And Sanitary Reports

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, December 4th, 1918, when there were present: Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Bates, J. Claridge, and Fred Green.

Health And Sanitary Reports

  The report of the Medical Officer of Heath for the month of November was received.

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting 19 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., all of which were receiving attention.

  Three lots of infected bedding had been destroyed after deaths from consumption during the month, and the rooms cleansed.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of the bedding destroyed at a cost not exceeding £1 7s. 6d. in each case.

  A quantity of unsound tins of fish, fruit, etc. that had been voluntarily surrendered had been destroyed as unfit for human consumption.

  The Inspector also reported that the notice served on Mr. Hodson to provide additional sanitary convenience to his factory in Harborough-road was now being complied with.

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

Dairies, Cowsheds, & Milkshops Order

  The Inspector also reported that since the last meeting the majority of the cowsheds in the district had been inspected and where necessary orders had been given for the periodical lime-washing of the premises and the removal of accumulations of manure.

  An application had been received from Mr. Webb, of Bedford-road, to be registered as a cowkeeper and purveyor of milk and his name placed on the Register.

Defective Backways

  The Inspector was instructed to see the owners of the property abutting Succoth-place and Park-place with a view to these roads being repaired with granite chippings.

Anthrax

  A Police Notice was received stating that owing to a case of anthrax having occurred, Turnell’s and Sanders’ meadows occupied by Mr. James Harris, of Newton Bromshold, were declared infected areas.

Maternity And Child Welfare

  The Chairman reported that he with the Chairman of the Council attended the Conference of Local Authorities at Northampton on Saturday last with reference to the preparation of a scheme applicable to the whole County.  No definite decisions were arrived at, but it was arranged that a full scheme should be prepared by the County Committee and submitted to every Local Authority in the County.

Prevention Of Influenza

  Two Orders from the Local Government Board were received with regard to places of public entertainment, one providing that where a public elementary school in a district had been temporarily closed the children should not be admitted to such places during the continuation of the closure, and the other that no entertainment should be carried on for more than three hours consecutively and an interval of thirty minutes provided between any two entertainments during which interval the place of such public entertainment shall be effectively and thoroughly ventilated.

  The Orders were referred to the Sanitary Inspector with instructions to see that they were complied with.

  The report was adopted.

Child Welfare

  With reference to the Maternity and Child Welfare scheme, Mr. Hornsby said he hoped something would be done in the matter.  He hoped it would not be allowed to drop

  Mr. Claridge: It will not drop.  It is hoped that the scheme will be ready to put before the County Council at their next meeting.

  Mr. Spencer: I hope Rushden will be considered a centre under the scheme.

  Mr. Claridge said that all the Urban Councils were preparing to go in for the scheme except Kettering.

  The Chairman: I can assure Mr. Hornsby that whether the County Council do it or whether the Urban Council do it, it is going to be done now.  The scheme is going ahead now, there is no doubt about it.

  Mr. Claridge: I am sure it is.

Food Control

  The members of the Rushden District Committee were re-elected, with the exception that Mr. C. Lingard and Mr. W. H. Marriott were appointed in place of Councillors Bates and Bazeley.

Peace

  The Chairman said that some Councils were already appointing committees to celebrate the coming proclamation of peace.

  On the suggestion of Mr. Claridge, it was decided to take up the matter early in the New Year.

  Mr. Spencer said he hoped there would be a town’s meeting on the question.

Seats

  It was decided to place the public seats in the town under cover for a few months during the winter weather.



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