|The Rushden Echo, 14th January, 1916, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
New Houses During The Year
The Cost of The Main Roads
Improvements To Property
The New Outfall Works
Diseased Meat Case
| Wednesday, present Councillors T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman), John Spencer (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, The Ven. A. Kitchen, M.A., L. Perkins, B.Sc., T. Wilmott, and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
The Chairman said that Mr. John Claridge was unable to attend the meeting that night through illness. He was glad to say that Mr. Claridge was now able to leave his room, and they all wished him a speedy recovery.
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 22nd Dec., 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. Spencer, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.
were presented by:-
Messrs. Selwood and Co. for corrugated iron shed to cover the gas plant at their factory in Harborough-road, and no exception taken.
Mr. J. Miller, an amended plan showing different site for workshop at rear of house proposed to be erected in Victoria-road, and agreed to.
The Surveyor reported that during the past year plans for the following buildings had been passed:-
The Surveyor informed the Committee that the existing contract with the County Council for the maintenance of the main roads would expire on the 31st March next. He had been in communication with the County Surveyor on the subject, and had met him in conference with the Surveyors of the Wellingborough and Kettering Urban Councils. The present contract was for £1020 per annum, but, owing to the increased cost of material and labour, the County surveyor was prepared to recommend to his Committee to increase the amount to £1120, the contract to be for one year only, and to provide for a fixed amount to be spent on materials instead of a fixed quantity as heretofore.
The Committee approved of the proposed arrangements, and recommended the Council to enter into a contract accordingly.
The Chairman said that though the plans for new houses passed during the year numbered 14, there had been 60 new houses occupied during the year, which was a larger number than for some years past.
Mr. Bazeley: That includes the municipal houses?
The Chairman: Yes.
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 4th Jan., 1916, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.
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 balances were as follows:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £321/0/0 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 5th Jan. 1916, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (Chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, and W. Bazeley.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The report of the Medical Officer of Health for the month of December was received.
It was resolved in accordance with his recommendation that the Moor-road Infants’ School be sprayed and fumigated before the children return from the Christmas holidays.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of December 33 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., all of which were receiving attention.
The Inspector also reported that the owner of the South-terrace property had promised to carry out the work of spouting the buildings, repairing the paving round the gulleys, and making good the roadway with asphalt, but was of opinion that the provision of sinks should not be enforced at the present time. The Committee agreed to allow the matter of the sinks to remain over, subject to the other repairs being carried out forthwith.
Acting on the advice of the Medical Officer, a quantity of bedding had been destroyed after a death from diphtheria, and the rooms of the house sprayed and fumigated. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1/5/0.
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 book.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order
The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 9th, 10th, and 11th December last he visited 31 premises belonging to 31 cowkeepers and inspected 255 cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats. The report was considered satisfactory.
Applications were received from Messrs. E. Hollis, E. Warren, and Jas. Knight for renewals of their slaughterhouse licences, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.
The Sanitary Inspector also reported that the Appeal by Mr. John Williams, butcher, Wellingborough, against the conviction by the Magistrates of having unsound meat in his possession was heard in the High Court on the 16th December last and was dismissed, with costs.
The Surveyor reported that the arrangement with Mr. W. W. Smith whereby the latter was allowed the use of this land for grazing by sheep until Christmas last for a nominal sum on condition that he temporarily fenced in the same had expired.
The Committee resolved not to renew the arrangement and instructed the Surveyor to repair the fence where necessary.
The Surveyor submitted a chart showing the total effluent at the outfall works for the year ended 31st December last to be 111,800,246 gallons, with an average of 306,302 gallons per day. The works throughout were in good order.
The Vice-Chairman said they were exceedingly pleased to see that the appeal of Mr. Williams in the diseased meat case was unsuccessful and that the Urban Council had won the day. (Hear, hear.)
Mr. Knight said they must commend the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Allen) and must congratulate him on bringing forward the case and carrying it to such a successful issue. The appeal of Mr. Williams was dismissed without calling on the counsel for the Urban Council to answer anything. The Inspector was certainly to be commended for looking after the interests of the town. Meat of this sort, apparently intended for human consumption, was very injurious to public health. The Inspector had been very prompt in following up the case under very great difficulties.
The Vice-Chairman said that every member of the Urban Council was delighted with the manner in which the Inspector had carried out the case.
With regard to the Surveyor’s chart, the Vice-Chairman said that the wettest day of the year 1915 was the day the R.W.F.’s and Herefords arrived at Rushden May 13th.
The report was adopted.
Free Library Committee
A meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, 31st December, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), J. Spencer, J. S. Clipson, W. W. Rial, and J. T. Colson.
The Chairman reported that the boiler of the heating apparatus was very much worn and beyond repair. The Surveyor had obtained an estimate from Mr. J. E. Smith for an “Ideal” sectional boiler amounting to £21 net.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to accept the estimate and put the work in hand at once.
The report was adopted.
On the question of signing cheques for tradesmen and others, Mr. Bazeley called attention to the recommendation of the Finance Committee to pay a cheque for £300 to Mr. Thompson, of Irthlingborough, contractor for municipal houses. He thought the cheque should be withheld until the work was completed, for the backs of the cottages were ankle-deep in mud. If Mr. Thompson would not finish the work it should be done by someone else and the cost deducted from the contract price.
The Chairman said the committee thought they might fairly pay this £300 and then they would have a good sum in hand. Mr. Thompson had ordered the fencing a long time ago but it had not yet come in. He had promised to complete the work as early as possible.
The officers of the Rushden Corps wrote inviting the Chairman and members of the Council to attend a lecture by their Divisional Officer on Salvation Army work among H.M. Forces.
The Chairman said he should attend and would be glad to see as many members with him as possible, though he could not ask them to attend officially as he would on State occasions, such as the National Day of Intercession.
Mr. Bates said he did not see why they should not attend the Salvation Army as much as the Church of England.
Mr. Spencer agreed.
Mr. Perkins suggested that the Finance Committee should take up the question of considering what could be done in the town to foster economy.