|The Rushden Echo, 1st December 1961
Old ‘Lights’ are to be Re-sited
The “Hear Hears” of Rushden Urban Councillors at their meeting on Wednesday which greeted the news that the County Council estimates are to include a scheme to move the town’s redundant set of traffic lights to the junction of Newton Road and Rectory Road next year, will undoubtedly be echoed throughout Rushden.
The chairman of the Highways and Planning Committee, Mr. D. Dickens, said that the Ministry of Transport had agreed to the lights being moved at present they stand idle at the junction of High Street and Church Street to this new site. The County Council had promised to include the matter in its estimates for next year.
Seconding a recommendation to inform the county surveyor that, in view of prevailing traffic conditions, the council did not feel a proposal to limit the upper part of Fitzwilliam Street to one-way traffic was satisfactory; Mr. R. H. Marriott said he had “no qualms about it all.”
He completely agreed with the recommendation, which suggested that an improvement scheme should be considered to provide an adequate line of vision on the right-hand side of Fitzwilliam Street at the junction with Wellingborough Road.
There was also a case for removing some of the “no waiting” signs on Wellingborough Road. “In this part of the town we must look into the parking facilities. The signs seemed only to be used at night for people who take their dogs out.
“The parking in Moor Road is terrible,” he claimed. “We must have the co-operation of the manufacturers; not only travellers are parking there,but employees coming to work in cars.”
It was particularly the people from out of town who were parking there, and he thought something should be done about it, but more confusion with one-way streets was not wanted.
Noting that the highways committee had deferred asking for tenders to re-surface Highfield Road, Mr. R. H. S. Greenwood said that many members of the committee and the council were dumbfounded by this.
“They will be pleased to know we have had consent for a loan, but are dumbfounded to hear that it did not go through. We have been hoping to remake the road for several years, and it was included in this year’s estimates,” he said.
The water board, gas and electricity boards were working on the road in the knowledge that it was going to be remade, and now in a car it was “worse” than going over the jumps at a point to point meeting.”
Urging that plans for the road should be started immediately Mr. Greenwood conceded that it was very worthy trying to save the town money by keeping an eye on the Bank Rate and deferring the scheme, but the Bank Rate went up and down like a yo-yo and had done for the past ten years.
Mr. A. Allebone supporting the decision to defer the re-surfacing of the road stated that January was the best time to invite tenders; it would mean that work would start at the best time in April.
After Highfield Road, the council directed its attention to Palm Road and when Mr. F. E. Brown accused the committee of high-handed action over a decision to recommend that the council should not review the resurfacing of the road until next July.
Eighteen residents had submitted a petition stating that they did not feel their views in favour of making-up the road had been fairly presented at a meeting earlier in the year. They asked the council to reconsider the matter.
Said Mr. Brown: “There has been an unnecessary delay in this matter, a large number of residents want the road repaired before next year.”