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The Rushden Echo, 11th February 1910, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council(title)
High-Street Improvments

A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present : Messrs. G. H. Skinner (chairman), F. Knight (vice-chairman), J. Claridge, G. Miller, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, C. Bates, J. Paragreen, A. J. Dobbs, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. W. G. .F. Kingston).

Housing and Town Planning

Mr. Bazeley asked if it was proposed to have a night to discuss the Housing and Town Planning Act.

The Chairman said nothing had been decided about it.

Mr. Bazeley considered that the Act was of sufficient importance to justify the Council in discussing it. The Act gave the Council great powers and he was sorry some of them were not compulsory. He hoped the Council would take the matter up seriously.

No action was taken.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highway, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 26th January, 1910, at 7 p.m., when there were present:- Messrs. G. H. Skinner (Chairman), F. Knight, C. Bates, J. Claridge, G. Miller, and T. Swindall.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. A. C. Ashby (amended plan) for alterations to his shop in High-street and passed.

Messrs. Cave Brothers for four shops and dwelling house in High-street (site of “The Cottage”) and passed subject to a separate drain being provided for each tenement, with the option of a combined drain on the owners entering into an agreement for its future maintenance.

Mr. A. Betson for alterations and additions to No. 140 Wellingborough-road, and passed.

High Street Improvement

The letter from Messrs. Cave Brothers dated 8th January, 1910, received at the last Council meeting and referred to this Committee, was considered. The proposal was that the improvement commenced in 1902, when the Post Office and Bank were erected, should be completed by the building line then set being carried through to the warehouse occupied by Mr. E. Croft adjoining the “Feathers” Inn. The improvement would involve the purchase of 256 square yards of land to be thrown into the street, at 10/- per yard, the price agreed upon in 1902, and an expenditure of about £192 in carrying out the necessary works. The Committee understood the County Council would contribute part of the cost, and, subject to their agreeing to do so, it was resolved to recommend the Council to proceed with the improvement on the terms of Messrs. Cave’s letter, the land given up to be conveyed to the Council, each party paying its own legal expenses.

Road Materials – Granite

The Surveyor reported that the firm from whom deliveries of granite were suspended in September last, on account of the inferior quality, had now written offering to supply two trucks of granite free as compensation.

It was resolved to accept the offer, and, provided the metal was satisfactory, to give them a share of the orders up to the 31st March next.

The report was adopted.

Finance And Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Tuesday, the 1st February, 1910, at 10 a.m., when there were present : Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), G. H. skinner, W. Bazeley, and J. Claridge.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows :-

1910
£
s
d
Week ending 6th Jan.
30
5
1
Week ending 13th Jan.
35
9
3
Week ending 20th Jan.
36
2
7
Week ending 27th Jan.
28
18
9

Collector’s District Rate Account

The Collector’s District Rate Account was examined from which it appeared that he had collected the following sum since the last meeting :-


£
s
d
General District Rate
409
15
8

Collector’s Fittings Account

The Collector’s fittings account was also examined from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting :-


£
s
d
Other Roads
35
0
3
Sewers

7
0
Total
35
7
3

Cemetery Registrar’s Account

The Cemetery Registrar’s account was also examined, from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the past two months :-


£
s
d
Sale of grass
2
0
9
Burial fees, etc.
32
2
6
Total
34
3
3

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he received the following sums since the last meeting :-


£
s
d
Collector, General district rate
409
15
8
Collector, Fittings
35
7
3
Cemetery Registrar, Burial Fees, etc.
34
3
3
Free Library, Fees, fines, etc.
2
7
10
Postmaster General, District Rate
15
15
5
Total
497
9
5

And that the following balances were in hand on the under mentioned accounts :-


£
s
d
General Account
2999
3
2
Loan Account No. 16
410
1
10
Loan Account No. 19
387
17
6
Total
3797
2
6

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £519/10/2 were examined and passed for payment.

Rectory-Road Improvement

A letter was received from Mr. F. Betts, the occupier of No. 14 Queen-street, acknowledging notice to quit and enquiring what compensation the Council would allow him if he left the premises before the notice expired. The Committee understood that the premises would not be required until after the expiration of the notice, viz., 21st July next, and the Clerk was instructed to reply to Mr. Betts accordingly.

The report was adopted.

Health And Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 2nd February, 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), G. H. Skinner, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, A. J. Dobbs, and J. Paragreen.

Health And Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that six cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., three of diphtheria, two of scarlet fever, and one of typhoid, the latter proving fatal.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month sixteen informal notices had been served, calling attention to nuisances, contraventions, &c., which were receiving attention.

An application had been received from Messrs. J. Front and Sons, of Newton Bromshold, to be registered as purveyors of milk, and this had been done.

An application was also received from Mr. E. Warren for a renewal of his slaughterhouse license in Pratt-road. It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application.

The Inspector also reported that the w.c. belonging to the house, No. 92 Glassbrook-road, was in a foul and unsanitary condition. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the occupier requiring him to abate the nuisance forthwith.

The Inspector also submitted a detailed statement of his work during the past month.

Cemetery

The Surveyor reported that the grave spaces at present laid out were now nearly exhausted and more spaces required laying out at once. The Cemetery Sub-Committee were requested to visit the cemetery and give instructions for the necessary work to be done.

Inspector of Nuisances

Permission was given to Mr. Kingston to take an articled pupil.

“Sanitary Record”

It was resolved to purchase weekly the “Sanitary Record” for use in the Inspector’s office.

Refuse Receptacles

The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to a number of houses, showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse

It appeared to the Committee by this report that the several houses therein referred to were without a sufficient ashpit, ashtub, or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse, and it was resolved to report to the Council accordingly, with a recommendation that a notice be served upon the owner requiring her within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle

The Sanitary Inspector reported that in accordance with the instructions of the Council he had provided refuse receptacles, viz., galvanised iron dust bins, for the following houses in Washbrook-road, viz, Nos. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16, of which Mr. H. H. Hobbs is the owner for the purposes of the Public Health Act, 1875, at a total cost of £1 4s 0d. It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Clerk to demand payment of this amount from Mr. Hobbs, and in default of payment by him within one calendar month to take the necessary steps to recover the same in a summary manner.

Defective Drains

The Surveyor reported that as instructed by the Council he had entered upon the premises Nos. 82, 84, 86, 88, 90, 92, 94, 96, 98, and 100, Cromwell-road, after due notice to the occupiers, and had opened out the ground and examined the drain; upon such examination he found the drain in a bad condition and forthwith gave notice to the owners of the houses in question requiring them to do the necessary work of putting the drain in repair within 14 days; this notice would expire on Thursday, the 3rd February, but no steps had as yet been taken by the owners with a view to carrying out the work.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the surveyor to carry out the necessary works himself by direct labour if the work be not commenced by to-morrow afternoon.

The Surveyor also reported that, as instructed by the Council, he had entered upon the premises Nos. 5 and 7 Fitzwilliam-street, after due notice to the occupiers, and had opened out the ground and examined the drain; upon such examination he found the drain in a bad condition and forthwith gave notice to the owners of the houses in question, requiring them to do the necessary work of putting the drain in repair within 14 days; this notice would expire on Thursday, the 3rd February, but no steps had as yet been taken by the owners with a view to carrying out the work.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor to carry out the necessary works himself by direct labour if the work be not commenced by to-morrow afternoon.

Mr. Bazeley asked what was the reason for the hesitancy of the owners in regard to putting the drains in order. Was it because they preferred the Council to do it, knowing that the work would be done better?

Mr. Knight said he was afraid that was not the case. They seemed to think it was the Council’s work. The Council were advised, however, that it was a matter for the owners.

Mr. Claridge hoped that litigation would be avoided.

Mr. Bazeley said he quite approved of the committee taking steps to test the matter. It would be a serious matter if all the owners took up a similar position.

In reply to Mr. Miller, the Surveyor said the cost of the work in Cromwell-road would be under £10.

Mr. Ballard thought it was as well to test the matter at once.

Mr. Dobbs said one of the owners was a bit sore because the plans for the drains were passed by the Council.

The Chairman: But they can get blocked afterwards.

Mr. Clipson: I expect all the drains were originally passed by the Council.

The report was adopted.

The Forthcoming Census

A circular was received from the Registrar General bespeaking the assistance of the Council in regard to the preliminary work connected with the forthcoming census in 1911.



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