|The Rushden Echo, 16th February 1911, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The New Steam Fire Engine
Practically Bought For £20
The King Edward VII Memorial
A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present: Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Mr. J. Claridge (Vice-chairman), the Ven. A. Kitchin, Messrs. G. H. Skinner, G. Miller, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, C. Bates, J. Spencer, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. G. S. F. Kingston).
Council in Committee
A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 25th January, 1911, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, F. Ballard, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, G. Miller, and G. H. Skinner.
Inspector of Nuisances
A letter was received from Mr. Kingston, informing the Committee that he had been appointed Inspector of Nuisances to the Bilston Urban District Council, and tendering the resignation of his appointment as Inspector of Nuisances and Inspector under the Petroleum Acts under this Council.
It was resolved that the resignation be accepted and that the Committee express their appreciation of Mr. Kingston’s services during the period of his office at Rushden.
It was also resolved that the Clerk be instructed to advertise in the “Local Government Chronicle” inviting applications for the vacant office, the salary to commence at £80 per annum, rising by annual increments of £5 to £100. The person appointed to hold in addition the office of Inspector under the Petroleum Acts at a separate salary of £5 per annum. The applications to be received by 6th February, and considered by the whole Council in Committee on Wednesday, the 8th February.
The Chairman reported that the Fire Brigade Sub-Committee had received an offer of £40 from Yardley Hastings for the purchase of the manual fire engine and that the Committee had also been in communication with the Northampton Corporation with regard to a steam fire engine which they were about to dispose of. This engine, which was in good condition, could be acquired on reasonable terms. The Sub-Committee recommended the sale to Yardley Hastings of the manual for £40 and the acquisition of the Northampton steam fire engine.
The Committee unanimously resolved to adopt the recommendation.
The Ven. A. Kitchin asked what the cost of the steam engine was.
The Chairman: £60.
The Ven. A. Kitchin: a difference of £20?
The Chairman: Yes.
Mr. Miller thought the town ought to be congratulated on getting another steam fire engine at such a low price. (Hear, hear)
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 31st January, 1911, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, G. H. Skinner, and T. Swindall.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting :-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting :-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £610/10/5 were examined and passed for payment.
The report was adopted.
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 25th January, 1911, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, and G. Miller.
Railway Bridge, Washbrook Road
The Surveyor reported that he had an interview with a representative of the Midland Railway Company with regard to this bridge, on the 3rd instant. The representative pointed out that the parapets were the regulation height and said that he could not advise the Company to increase the height unless the Council were prepared to bear a proportion of the cost. It was understood that the Company would communicate further with the Clerk on the matter.
The Surveyor was instructed to prepare an estimate of the annual expenditure required on the main roads for the ensuing five years with a view to agreeing with the County Surveyor thereon as the basis of the contract with the County Council for the maintenance of the main roads in the district for the further period of five years from the 31st March next.
Rectory Road Improvement
The surveyor reported this improvement to be now complete, the total cost of the works amounted to £310/12/11. His original estimate was £300.
Letters were received from the various owners concerned, all agreeing to pay their apportioned share of the expenses of putting this road in order. The Clerk was instructed to further communicate with the owners and inform them that on receipt of the apportioned amount the work would be put in hand at once.
A letter was received from the Royal Automobile Club stating that the matter of the provision of motor car warning signals in Rushden had had the careful consideration of the Committee of the Northants Automobile Club who made several recommendations with regard thereto. The letter stated that the danger is not such as to call for the erection of the R.A.C. special signs, and pointed out that the statutory responsibility for the erection of signs belongs to the County Council.
The Clerk was instructed to submit the Club’s recommendations to the County Council and apply for the provision of the signs in accordance therewith.
The Chairman thought the surveyor was to be congratulated on the closeness of his estimate in regard to the Rectory-road improvement. (Hear, hear)
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 1st Feb., 1911, at 10 a.m., when there were present :- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), F. Knight, C. Bates, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that only one case of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., scarlet fever.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that, during the month of January, 31 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were being complied with.
Three books belonging to the Athletic Club Library found in an infected house had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the books.
The Inspector also reported that Mr. John Clark’s cow houses and pigsties situated off Wellingborough-road were connected direct with the brook running through the sewage works. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on Mr. Clark requiring him to disconnect from the brook and connect with the sewer forthwith.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Applications for the renewals of their licences to deal in carbine of calcium and petrol were received from Mr. Arthur Okins and Mr. J. P. Corby respectively and acceded to.
Medical Officer’s Report, 1909
A letter was received from the Local Government Board making various enquiries arising out of the Medical Officers’ Annual Report for 1909 and asking for information of the number at the present time of :-
(a) The Houses
(b) The fresh and waste water closets
(c) The privies with moveable receptacles
(d) The privies with fixed receptacles
and also asking for further information as to the number of conversions from privies to water closets during each of the three years 1908, 1909 and 1910, and whether the Council permit the erection of sanitary conveniences other than water closets in new buildings. The Clerk pointed out that the information required for the period up to the 31st December, 1909, was to be found in the Reports of the Medical Officer for the previous years and the Committee instructed him to refer the Local Government Board to these Reports and give the further information for the year 1910.
Housing, Town Planning, &c., Act, 1909
A circular from the Clerk to the County Council was received calling attention to various matters which under the above Act should now be referred to by the Medical Officer of Health in his Annual Report. The Clerk informed the Committee that the attention of the Medical Officer had been drawn thereto and the necessary information would be communicated in the report for the past year.
Mr. C. A. K. Green attended the meeting with regard to the houses in Albion-place and High-street and promised to carry out forthwith such works as the Council might reasonably require for putting the same in habitable condition.
The Sanitary Inspector submitted suggestions as to the work necessary to be done and it was resolved that he communicate them to Mr. Green for him to carry out.
The Inspector submitted a list of dwelling-houses the early inspection of which is desirable, and also his book containing the record of inspections of the district.
It was decided that in the event of any parishioner wishing to use the wheeled bier outside the Cemetery on the occasion of a funeral, the same may be hired for the sum of 2s. 6d.
Mr. Claridge, in moving the adoption of the report referred to the impending departure of Mr. Kingston, the Sanitary Inspector, and said they all recognised the value of the work he had done. Mr. Kingston had done his work to the best of his ability, and they wished him every success in his new sphere of labour. (Hear, hear)
The report was adopted.
King Edward VII Memorial
A letter was received from the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Spencer, inviting the council to support an appeal to the inhabitants of the county for funds for a memorial to King Edward VII. In view of the late King’s interest in the alleviation of human suffering it was suggested that the fund to be raised be applied to such an object.
The Chairman invited expressions of opinion and said the idea seemed to be received favourably in most places.
Mr. Claridge thought the object was one which would appeal to all of them, and he thought an opportunity should be given to all who wished to contribute.
Mr. Swindall thought the appeal could be made much stronger if they had something definite before them. He moved that the Council express their cordial sympathy with the object of the appeal, but felt that in order to make the appeal effective some definite information should be given as to what the money would be spent on. The Ven. A. Kitchin seconded, and the motion was carried.