|The Rushden Echo, 16th February, 1912, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Public Health
A meeting of this Council was held in the Council Chambers, Rushden, on Wednesday night, when there were present: Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller (vice-chairman), G. H. Skinner, F. Knight, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, J. Spencer, W. Bazeley, and C. Bates, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 31st January, 1912, when there were present: Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, J. S. Clipson, and Fred Knight.
were presented by :-
Messrs. James Hyde, Ltd., for extensions to the engine-room at their factory in Glassbrook-road and passed.
Mr. E. Hollis for additions to No. 44, Duck-street, and for coach-house, stable, and shed at the rear, and passed subject to a covering being provided for the manure pit.
Mr. David Nicholson for motor garage in the yard at the rear of No. 26, Higham-road, and passed subject to the drain and inspection chambers being constructed to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.
Messrs. Jaques and Son, Ltd., for extensions to the coal shed and gas plant adjoining their factory in Station-road and no exception taken.
Mr. A. Franklin, an amended plan of the Variety theatre as completed, showing various small variations from the plan as originally passed; no exception was taken to any of the alterations.
Messrs. Cox and Co. for covering to a yard adjoining their workshop in Elm-street and agreed to.
Mr. A. Neal for wooden barn at the rear of No. 70, Moor-road, and no exception taken.
The memorial from horse owners and drivers referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting was considered. The Committee sympathised with the memorialists but, having regard to the now almost universal practice of tar spraying and to the comfort thereby derived by the residents living near or adjoining the highways, felt it impossible to recommend the Council to modify to any great extent the use of tar in Rushden. The Surveyor was, however, instructed to give particular attention to the steep gradients, so as to avoid as far as possible a slippery surface.
The Surveyor reported that a third boiler was absolutely necessary to effectively carry out the work during the coming summer; the cost would be about £10.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the purchase of a boiler at this sum.
Church Parade Improvement
A letter was received from the Clerk to the County Council stating that that Council had determined to support the application of this Council to the Road Board with regard to this improvement, and stating that he had so informed the Road Board. The Surveyor submitted forms of application which had been received from the Surveyor to the County Council for various particulars to be inserted and forwarded to the Road Board.
The Clerk and Surveyor were instructed to give the necessary particulars and forward the application to the Road Board forthwith. 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 6th February, 1912, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, F. Knight, 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:-
And that the following balances were in hand on the undermentioned accounts:-
Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £2,557/13/10 were examined and passed for payment.
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 7th February, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Spencer, and T. Swindall.
Health And Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that twenty cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., eighteen of scarlet fever, one of puerperal fever, and one of diphtheria.
A sample of water taken from Montague-street had been examined and found fit for use.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of January 31 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which for the most part had received attention.
A book belonging to the Public Library found in an infected house had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the same.
During the month all the floors, desks, cloak rooms, and sanitary conveniences at the public schools had been sprayed and disinfected.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Factory And Workshops Act
Thirty outworkers’ lists, relating to 274 outworkers, had been received from employers in the district and one from Leicester. Nine lists had been sent to other Local Authorities, relating to 49 outworkers receiving work from this district.
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 ashtub, ashpit, 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 owners requiring them within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.
The letter from the Deputy Coroner for East Northants with regard to the provision of a Public Mortuary for Rushden, referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered, and it was resolved that the matter be deferred until the next meeting of the Committee.
The Surveyor submitted tenders for the provision of sewer ventilators and it was resolved that the tenders of Messrs. W. E. Farrer, Ltd., for four at £5/5/6 each, and the Amus Custa Engineering Co. for six at £10 each, be accepted.
The report was adopted.