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The Wellingborough News, 8th February, 1895, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Thursday, February 7th. – Present Mr. W. H. Wilkins (chairman), Messrs. A. Cave, J. Spencer, G. Denton, J. Clipson, H. Brawn, T. Bromage, F. Knight, J. Claridge, P. Cave, G. H. Skinner, G. S. Mason (clerk), and W. H. Pare (surveyor).

COMMITTEES’ REPORTS – The highway committee reported that they had received a letter from Mr. G. Denton asking to be allowed to lay down Victoria paving in front of his shops in High-street at his own expense, the Council only to provide the kerbing. The committee recommended that this be complied with and the Council confirmed the action. – The lighting committee recommended that 12 new tunics be provided for the fire brigade, the cost not to exceed 27s. each. – With regard to footpaths, the chairman stated that the Council had decided to do their own asphalting, and to advertise for a competent man for the work. – The finance committee reported that £56 16s. 5d. had to be paid to Mr. Middleton in final settlement of his account; the amount including a reduction of 6¼ per cent. on the original amount. Considerable discussion took place on the payment of a sum of £1 to Mr. Drew, but it was ultimately decided to include the same with the report, which was confirmed.

THE SEAL OF THE COUNCIL was affixed to a mortgage of £1,000 which was authorised by the Local Government Board, being the cost of additional water supply.

MR. ASHBY’S PROPERTY – A considerable amount of correspondence had ensued with Mr. Parker, (Mr. Ashby’s solicitor) in reference to the land which he has purchased in the High-street, and the plans relating to the building he intends to erect upon it. The Council did not alter their previous decision.

THE SEWAGE SCHEME – Mr. Pendered was appointed sole valuer of the land the Council intend to purchase from Mr. Sartoris for sewage purposes.

SCAVENGING – Tenders had been received for night scavenging from Mr. W. W. Smith, 3s. 3d. per night, Mr. G. W. Wilmott 4s. per night. The lowest tender was accepted. – For day scavenging the following tenders had been received : W. W. Smith, 6s. 9d. per day; A. Sharpe, 7s.; W. G. Wilmott, 7s. Mr. Smith’s tender was accepted.

The Wellingborough News, 22nd February, 1895


Thursday, February 21st. - Present : Messrs. W. H. Wilkins (chairman), J. Claridge (vice-chairman), F. Knight, G. Denton, A. Cave, J. S. Clipson, P. Cave, T. Wilmott, T. Bromage, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, H. Brawn, G. S. Mason (clerk), W. H. Pare (surveyor).

GAME LICENSE – The Chairman informed the Council that Mr. G. Wilmott had applied for a game certificate. Under the Local Government Act of 1894 they were empowered to grant such certificates, a privilege which had been previously in the hands of the Petty Sessions. The Board decided to grant the certificate and to charge the nominal fee of 1s. for this service.

SHALL RUSHDEN HAVE A MARKET? – At a quarter past seven a deputation, consisting of Messrs. G. Miller, H. Hobbs, and R. Burton, interviewed the Council on behalf of the Tradesmen’s Association. The Chairman told the deputation that the Council had already heard the letter from the Association. If the deputation could show any means by which the town could benefit by the establishment of a market, the Council would be prepared to consider the proposal. – Mr. Miller said that they were appointed at a meeting of the Association held on Thursday last, that they might place before the Council the practicability and advisability of establishing a market at Rushden. The time to establish a market, he felt, was a favourable one, on account of the fact that Higham Ferrers market had practically ceased to exist, and this freed the town from any suspicion of rivalry in the matter as to the practicability of the scheme. Mr. Miller said that in Bedfordshire there were ten market towns, of which only one was larger than Rushden; most of the others were smaller. At Leighton Buzzard, a town of practically the same size and population, a most successful market was established. The Association recommended the establishment of a cattle and produce market. This, they felt, would draw the trade from the surrounding villages to the town. Regarding the project from an economical standpoint, he felt that when once started the market would not only be self-supporting but eventually would become remunerative. – The Chairman, in reply, informed the deputation that the Council could only move in the matter of a market under certain conditions. A requisition must be presented to the Council signed by 20 occupiers of the place. This being received, the Council would then convene a public meeting for the purpose of considering the matter. At this meeting if a ratepayer demanded a poll then a poll would have to be taken, the expenses of which, should the poll turn out unfavourably, would have to be borne by the deputation. In the case of most of the instances cited by Mr. Miller, the towns were agricultural centres. This could not be said of Rushden, and under the circumstances he could not see that a cattle market would be a success. Undoubtedly the expense of establishing a market would be a very serious one, and he really could not realise how it was to be made to pay for itself. Rushden, he said, had Wellingborough to contend with, and he was afraid the project was a very serious one, and he thought that they would have a difficulty in satisfying the town generally that a cattle market would be successful. A produce market might be successful. – Mr. Denton said that he had had an idea for some time past that if the place continued to improve as at present a market would have to be started. His idea was a combination of a cattle and produce market, which should be situated near the station. At present he was afraid the town would not support it, although, he thought, that there was a demand for something of the sort. It appeared to him that if they were to establish a provision market, the trade would gradually drift from the shops to the market. – Mr. F. Knight pointed out that a produce market should be situated in the centre of the town, but in the case of a cattle market this should be placed in contiguity to the station. – The Chairman said that the project of a general market commended itself to him as a thorough success. A poll on this head would undoubtedly result in its favour, but he thought there was not an opening for a cattle market. If the Tradesmen’s Association would present the requisition to the town the Council would then convene the meeting. – The deputation then retired.

MR. ASHBY’S PROPERTY – Mr. Ashby wrote to the Council offering to dispose of the land between his proposed new premises and the High-street, for a sum of £45, the area being 19 square yards. After considerable discussion Mr. P. Cave moved, and Mr. Spencer seconded, that the Council reject Mr. Ashby’s offer, but they would give him a level for his new building and lower and pave the causeway up to his main building line on completion. – Mr. Wilkins moved an amendment, which Mr. Claridge seconded, that while the Council refuse to pay the sum asked yet they were prepared to pay a reasonable sum for the land actually required. Four voted for the amendment and five against, and the proposition was carried.

THE SEWAGE SCHEME – Mr. Newman addressed a letter to the Council saying that the prospective sewage works would prove a nuisance to him. Therefore he proposed to take the opinion of an expert on the subject, and also to place a case before a counsel as to his position with reference to that authority and to prevent the nuisance arising. He applied for further particulars of the scheme and the number of inhabitants to be dealt with at the works. – The Council decided to give the information required.

THE UNEMPLOYED – A letter was read from the Local Government Board pointing out how the Council could proceed with any public improvements in order to find work for the unemployed in periods of severe weather. – The letter was placed on the table.

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