|Rushden Echo, 16th February 1906, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Council Offices
| Mr. J. S. Clipson presided at the meeting on Wednesday evening, when there were present: Messrs. Swindall, F. Knight, Denton, Mantle, J. Claridge, Bates, Dobbs, Hornsby, Ballard, Bazeley, and Skinner.
Plans, &c., Committee
The following minutes were received:-
A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 31st January, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, F. Knight, G. Denton, W. Bazeley, A. Mantle, and A. J. Dobbs.
were presented by:-
Mrs. C. Sanders for additions to her house, No. 15 Park-road and passed.
The Surveyor was authorised to purchase a copy of the new edition of Knight’s Annotated Bye-laws for Office use.
National Telephone Co.
An application was received from this Company for permission to lay underground work along the High-street and Higham-road. The Surveyor reported that he had made enquiries at Kettering and Wellingborough as to the course adopted there and found that in both cases the application had been acceded to.
The Committee agreed to recommend the Council to accede to the application, the Company to be required to pay a wayleave rent of £2 per annum per mile and 5/- per annum for each manhole, the pipes to be placed under the footpath on the west side of the High-street, and under the side of the road along the Higham-hill, and the whole to be carried out to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.
The Clerk reported the receipt from the Local Government Board of an Order authorising the proceeds of the sale of the Vestry Hall to be applied in the purchase of a new site on the Newton-road, and also produced sanction of the Local Government Board to the loan of £2,500 for the erection of the new Offices on such site.
In setting out the site the Committee found that in order to obtain a straight fence on the south side in a line with that of the Free Library, some slight rectification of the boundary line with that of the adjoining property was necessary, and that Mr. Farey, the adjoining owner, had agreed to such rectification, involving the giving up of some 100 feet of land without compensation, the boundary fence to be erected thereon by the Council and remaining the Council’s property.
With regard to the heating arrangements it was agreed that the Surveyor should arrange for the Offices to be provided with open fire places and that he should obtain from some well-known firms schemes and tenders for heating by means of hot water the hall, corridor, and Council Chamber.
The Surveyor reported that the Street Works in this road had now been completed and the expenses ascertained.
He submitted his final apportionment of such expenses made in manner provided by section 12 of the Private Street Works Act 1892, which was approved by the Committee.
The Surveyor submitted an estimate for piping and filling in the ditch on the north side of this road between Ealing-terrace and the brook, amounting to £133 10/-, or, if seconds pipes were used, £110, and was instructed to approach the owner of the adjoining land and ascertain if he would be disposed to contribute towards the cost if the Council determine to carry out the work.
Attention was called to the dangerous condition of the brook near Mr. Asher Abbott’s property owing to the absence of a proper fence. The Surveyor was instructed to obtain an estimate for supplying and fixing such fence and make application to the County Council for sanction to the work being carried out.
The Surveyor reported that he had met a representative of the Company with regard to the crossing from the footpath to the entrance to the Station, but had as yet received no reply as to whether the Company would undertake any work to improve the same.
Brook Near The Green
It was resolved to provide a grating at the entrance to the culvert for the purpose of catching pans and other rubbish which were continually being washed into the culvert and causing blockages. The cost of the grating was estimated at 35/-.
A letter was received from the Gas Company declining to lay a main into Dell-place for the supply of a public lamp there, but offering to lay a service pipe at the expense of the Council, charging cost price estimated at £5. The Committee were unable to agree to recommend the Council to bear this expense.
With regard to the provision of an additional lamp in Co-operative Row, the Chairman reported that although the pathway into Park-road was practically a public thoroughfare yet the owner was unable to agree that it should be considered absolutely so. The Committee decided therefore to take no further steps in the matter.
It was resolved to remove the lamp at the entrance to Mannings-lane a little further up Bedford-road.
The report was adopted.
Finance, &c., Committee
The following minutes were received:-
A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 7th Feb., 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, F. Ballard, J. Hornsby, G. H. Skinner and C. Bates.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
By the Collector’s accounts produced it appeared that he had during the month collected the following sums:-
Collector’s Fittings Account
The Committee examined the Collector’s fittings account, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums during the month:-
Cemetery Registrar’s Account
The Committee also examined the Cemetery Registrar’s account from which it appeared that the following sum had been paid to him during the month:-
From the Treasurer’s accounts produced it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the month:-
And that the following balances were in hand on the undermentioned accounts:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Sanitary Inspector reported that 18 cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz:- 15 of scarlet fever and three of erysipelas. Two deaths had occurred from scarlet fever. The Inspector further stated that he had fumigated 26 houses and that there were now 10 cases on the books. The Inspector submitted particulars of all the notified cases.
A print of the Medical Officer’s Annual Report was submitted. The Committee were given to understand that the Medical Officer would attend the next meeting of the Council personally for the purpose of discussing any point which might arise on the report.
The Surveyor produced a plan which had been submitted by Messrs. Robinson Brothers showing how they intended to provide separate conveniences for their factory.
The Committee were unable approve the general arrangements by which the conveniences were approached, but, on the understanding that separate and sufficient accommodation for both sexes was being provided in accordance with the Act to the satisfaction of the Factory Inspector, agreed to take no further steps.
Mr. Bainbridge, M.R.C.V.S., attended the meeting with reference to a proposal that a duly qualified veterinary surgeon should be appointed to make a periodical examination of the dairy cattle with the district. Mr. Bainbridge said he would be prepared to undertake the work for one year at a remuneration of £12 12s 0d but this would not include the cost of making tuberculan tests if any such be required. These tests, in consequence of the time involved in making them would cost about a guinea each.
It was unanimously resolved to recommend the Council to appoint Mr. Bainbridge as Assistant Inspector of Nuisances for the purpose of the Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order, and the regulations made thereunder by this Council, for one year at a remuneration of £12 12s 0d.
The Clerk submitted the Order of the Local Government Board and sanction to the loan for £2,500 referred to in the Plans, etc., Committee.
With reference to the instructions given by the Council at their last meeting to issue a placard on this question, the Clerk reported that since the Council meeting his attention had been drawn to an opinion given by Mr. Macmorran, K.C., to the effect that the Council had no power to incur any expense in this direction. The Committee therefore decided to refer the matter again to the Council.
Orange Peel, Etc.
The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to have a number of small bills printed and circulated in the town cautioning the public against the dangerous habit of throwing orange peel, banana skins, etc., on the pavement.
Mr. Swindall, in moving the adoption of the report, said that the Sanitary Committee were most desirous of stopping the spread of scarlet fever and had distributed 2,500 circulars, one at each house in the town, and, where a case occurred, the Sanitary Inspector left them another copy.
The Council unanimously appointed Mr. Bainbridge as recommended.
Mr. Dobbs: Would you include in the resolution that Mr. Bainbridge should report to the Council.
The Chairman: He will attend the committee meeting quarterly and then the matter will come before the Council in the ordinary way.
With regard to the placards on alcoholism, Mr. Bazeley moved that the resolution passed at a previous meeting to issue the posters be rescinded, owing to the opinion of Mr. Macmorran, K.C.
This was carried.
The whole of the report was adopted.
The Education Act
A vacancy having occurred on the managing body of the Rushden Council Schools and the Rushden National Schools by the death of Mr. Wilkins, Mr. Swindall moved that Mr. Ballard be nominated to the vacancy in each case. He thought the same person should occupy the two positions. Mr. Ballard had given educational matters great thought, and could be depended upon to do his duty.
Mr. Knight seconded and the motion was carried, the Clerk pointing out that the final appointment rested with the County Council.
The Clerk read a letter from Mr. Smith, assistant surveyor, stating that he had been unanimously appointed to the assistantsurveyorship of Hampton, Middlesex, and tendering his resignation.
The resignation was accepted, and it was decided to give Mr. Smith a testimonial expressing the Council’s appreciation of his services.
With regard to the appointment of a successor Mr. Bazeley said that a little time ago there was a great deal of talk in the town to the effect that there was no necessity for three officers surveyor, assistant-surveyor, and road foreman considering there was so little building going on. He thought this would be a suitable time to discuss whether another assistant-surveyor was necessary.
It was decided to discuss the matter in committee.
Taxation of Land Values
A circular letter was received from the City of Glasgow Council asking the Rushden Council to send a representative to join the deputation to interview the Prime Minister on the question of the taxation of land values.
Mr. Bazeley thought it would be a step in the right direction to send a representative.
Mr. Hornsby moved that Mr. Clipson should attend.
Mr. Ballard seconded, and the motion was carried.
Mr. Hornsby thought the Council ought to take a more active part in sending representatives to sanitary conferences, &c.
Mr. Dobbs gave notice that at the next meeting he should move that all the able-bodied men in the employ of the Urban Council should have an increase in their wages, raising the amount to 25s a week.