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Rushden Echo, 15th December, 1922, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

THE WARTIME ALLOTMENTS
UNEMPLOYMENT

  Wednesday, present: Messrs. T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman), L. Perkins, B.Sc. (vice-chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Claridge, C. W. Horrell, C.A., F. Corby, J. Spencer, J.P., with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. S. F. Piper).

PLANS, ETC., COMMITTEE

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, November 29th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), L. Perkins, C. Bates, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

PLANS

were presented for:

  Lavatory convenience to workshop in Upper Queen-street, for Mr. E. Wooding, and passed.

  Additions to bathroom at 22, Moor-road, for Mr. H. Staniland, and passed.

  Amended plan for two houses in Pratt-road, for Messrs. W. Packwood and Son, and passed.

  House on the Wellingborough road, for Mr. Arthur Allebone, and passed.

  Amended plan for Mr. Hawkes’ factory in Portland-road, and passed.

  An application was received from Mr. Arthur Sanders for permission to use the building recently erected by him adjoining his house in Duck-street as a dwelling-house for a period of three years, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to raise no objection thereto.

UPPER QUEEN-STREET

  The Surveyor reported that Mr. Bayes and himself had interviewed Mr. Green and Mr. Wooding, who were quite agreeable to a footpath being constructed on the south side of this street in front of their properties, and were prepared to pay their apportioned charges in respect thereof.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to proceed with the work on this understanding.

WELLINGBOROUGH-ROAD

  The memorial from the occupiers on the west side of The Oakley, referred to this committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered.

  The Surveyor was instructed to prepare an estimate of the cost of widening the road, laying down a storm-water drain, and constructing a footpath on each side, and submit the same, together with a plan, to the Ministry of Transport with a view to obtaining the Minister’s approval and a grant towards the cost.

  The report was adopted.

FINANCE AND ESTATES COMMITTEE

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday Dec. 6th, 1922, at 10 a.m., when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), L. Perkins, C. Bates, J. Bornsby, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

TRADESMEN’S AND OTHER ACCOUNTS

  A number of accounts amounting to £4,067  4s.  2d. were examined and passed for payment.

LIBRARY

  A letter was received from the Chief Area Officer of the War Pensions Committee inquiring if a reduction of the rent of the room occupied by the Ministry at the Library could be arranged.  The Clerk was instructed to reply that they could not recommend a reduction for the current year, but would further consider the matter in September next.

HOUSING

  The Clerk reported the receipt of the sanction of the Ministry of Health to a loan of £14,000 in respect of the houses completed on the Newton-road site.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Clerk to advertise for tenders for the loan.

  The report was adopted.

HEALTH AND SANITARY COMMITTEE

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday Dec. 6th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. L. Perkins (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Claridge, G. W. Coles, F. Corby, and J. Hornsby.

HEALTH AND SANITARY REPORTS

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

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 35 nuisances had been dealt with, and of this number three had been abated.  Of the outstanding nuisances, 25 had now been abated.

  He had made 43 visits to butchers’ shops, slaughterhouses, etc., when 12 cwt. 3 qutrs. 25½ lb. of meat was voluntarily surrendered to him, all of which, upon examination, was found to be diseased or unfit for human consumption.  It had been destroyed in the usual way.

  At the depot a quantity of bedding had been disinfected, and a small quantity destroyed, all after cases of infectious disease.

  The nuisance arising out of overcrowding at 57, Trafford-road, had now been abated.

  The Inspector also reported that the house known as the Lodge Farm, Newton-road, was in an unreasonable state of repair and was without a sufficient and proper supply of drinking water.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring him to do the necessary repairs to the house and to cause a proper and sufficient supply of drinking water to be provided within 28 days.

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

MILK AND DAIRIES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 1922

  The Sanitary Inspector also reported that applications had been received for registration under this Act from the following:

Retail Purveyors – Mr. A. E. Abbott, Messrs. Willmott Bros., W. J. Osborne, A. Hodgkins, C. E. Knight, J. Cooper, W. Hodgkins, W. Whitney, W. Whittmore, and H. E. Dickens;

Cowkeepers and Wholesalers – Messrs. Willmott Bros., W. J. Osborne, A. Hodgkins, C. E. Knight, F. Abbott, J. Abbott, J. Cooper, W. Hodgkins, W. Whitney, and F. Whittemore and Son;

And it was resolved to recommend the Council that their names be placed upon the respective registers.

PETROLEUM ACTS

  The Sanitary Inspector further reported that Messrs. Lack Bros. proposed fixing an underground petrol storage tank in the yard of their premises situate in Sartoris-road.    It was resolved to recommend the Council to take no exception thereto, provided that it be fixed to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

MEAT-INSPECTING SHED

  Attention was called to the inadequate facilities for inspecting and examining meat, and it was suggested that a shed might be erected at the Council’s depot, Newton-road.  The question was referred to the Depot Committee to consider and report to the next meeting.

RATS AND MICE DESTRUCTION ACT, 1919

  The letter from the Clerk to the County Council referred to this committee by the Council at their last meeting was considered, and it was resolved to recommend the Council not to entertain the County Council’s suggestion to delegate their powers to this Council under the Act.

  The report was adopted.

  Mr. Spencer said he had heard of people having to wait three weeks for the collection of refuse.  He thought that was far too long.

  Mr. Swindall said that was an isolated case.  Refuse was regularly collected much oftener than that.

ALLOTMENT COMMITTEE

  A meeting of the Allotment Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, when there were present: Messrs. L. Baxter, W. Gutteridge, J. Hornsby, and T. Wilmott.

CHAIRMAN

  It was resolved that Mr. J. Hornsby be appointed chairman of the committee.

WARTIME ALLOTMENTS

The Chairman explained that the first duty of the committee was to decide as to the future of the wartime allotments.  The Council could either retain possession from March 25th next on behalf of the cultivators, if they so decided, or could request the cultivators who required to retain their plots to make arrangements direct with the owners.  On the whole, the committee were favourable to the latter course.  It was resolved to convene a meeting of all the cultivators for Monday next, Dec. 11th, at the Council Buildings, at 7 p.m., to confer with the committee on the subject.

  The report was adopted.

  Mr. Hornsby said that since the meeting the committee had met in private and had unanimously decided that the rents should be reduced as follows.  From 9d. to 6d., from 7d. to 5d., and from 6d. to 4d. per pole.  If there were any plots not worth 4d. a pole, the committee would be prepared to consider individual complaints.  He suggested that, as the Council had power to prosecute if damage was done, that fact should be made known to the public.  People damaging allotments were liable to a fine of £5.

  Replying to Mr. Perkins, the Clerk said that plots must be given up if required for building purposes; they must be given up on three months’ notice and without right of compensation.

IMPROVEMENT

  Mr. Wilmott having asked about the progress of the scheme to widen the junction of Washbrook-road and High-street North, the Clerk read a letter from the Ministry of Transport to the Surveyor to the effect that as the Ministry of Labour had not given a certificate that unemployment in the district was acute they could not contribute to the scheme as one to benefit the unemployed.

  Mr. Madin said the latest figures showed that 263 were unemployed at present, of that number 35 being in the building and allied trades.

  It was agreed after further discussion to apply to the Ministry of Labour for a certificate.

DAMAGE

  Mr. Swindall said that last Sunday evening youths had damaged the surroundings of the War Memorial.  He hoped people would report to the police if they saw a repetition of that.



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