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The Rushden Echo, 11th February, 1921, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

The Local Housing Scheme
Public Health Work
Finances

Wednesday, present Councillors J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., (chairman), W. Bazeley, J.P. (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, and C. E. Bayes, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Piper).

The Chairman stated that Mr. T. Wilmott was unable to attend the meeting that night.

Housing

Mr. Bazeley said that, with regard to Mr. W. G. Wilmott’s contract for municipal houses, he could not see that Mr. Wilmott had made any commencement at present.

The Surveyor said that Mr. Wilmott sent in an order for the pipes the day after he got the contract, and it was not until that day that he received the invoice. The pipes were now on the way.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, January 26th, 1921, when there were present: Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), W. Bazeley, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented for:-

A wooden shed adjoining his house in Rushden Court Avenue, for Mr. W. Desborough, and no exception taken.

Motor Lorry

Wheels. The Surveyor submitted quotations for fitting solid tyres to the back wheels of the Lorry. He was instructed to make further enquiries and report to future meeting.

Registration. The Surveyor also reported that under the new Roads Act, which came into force on January 1st inst., this lorry would now cost £30 per annum licence duty.

The Clerk was instructed to take the necessary steps for registration and pay the duty.

Public Lighting

The Lighting Sub-Committee reported that they had met on the sites and now recommended that the lamp near the Vestry Hall be kept lighted throughout the night, and that an additional lamp be fixed at the corner of the six-foot way and John-street, on Mr. Corby’s factory.

The Committee agreed, and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

Fire Brigade

A letter was received from the Secretary of the Fire Brigade with a list of equipment urgently required.

It was resolved to recommend the Council that the equipment be purchased at a cost not exceeding £40.

The report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, February 2nd, 1921, at 10 a.m., when there were present: Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), W. Bazeley, F. Knight, T. Swindall, 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:-


£

s

d

Week ending Jan. 6th, 1921

164

0

6

Week ending Jan. 13th, 1921

171

3

11

Week ending Jan. 20th, 1921

168

15

10

Week ending Jan. 27th, 1921

168

4

9

Collector’s Accounts

The Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

General District Rate

1653

17

6

Fittings

14

1

4

Green tolls

2

2

6

Cottage rents

56

11

11

Assisted Housing  Scheme

18

6

4

Burial fees, etc

18

16

6

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums during the past month:-


£

s

d

Collector, G.D. Rate

1653

17

6

Collector, fittings

14

1

4

Collector, Green tolls

2

2

6

Collector, Cottage rents

56

11

11

Collector, Assisted Housing Scheme

18

6

4

Cemetery Registrar, burial fees, etc

18

6

6

Free Library, fees, etc

2

14

6

St. Peter’s F.C., Spencer Park


10

0

Paymaster General, Assisted Housing Scheme

420

0

0

Collector, emergency coal

5

13

4

Wargate M. Eng. Co., carbide licence


2

0

Lawrence & Richardson, petrol licence


2

0

Magistrates’ Clerk, half-fines


12

3

County Council, main roads

1000

0

0

County Council, half salaries

117

15

9


3310

15

11

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General account

2711

1

9

Loan Account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan Account No. 30

793

3

1

Loan Account No. 32

5728

5

0

Loan Account No. 33 (o/d)

919

9

9

On deposit

4000

0

0

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £2,908 12s 5d were examined and passed for payment.

Spencer Park

The Surveyor was instructed to purchase six barrows for use in connection with the levelling of Spencer Park, and he with Mr. T. Wilmott was appointed a Sub-committee to select the men required from the list of applicants for work, received.

The report was adopted.

In reply to Mr. Hornsby, the Surveyor said the work at Spencer Park had now been commenced.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, February 2nd, 1921, when there were present: Messrs. W. Bazeley (chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Hornsby, and F. Knight.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The report of the Medical Officer for the month of January was received.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month nine preliminary notices had been served, calling attention to nuisances, etc., and the total of outstanding cases was now 48.

Twenty-nine visits had been made to premises where food was prepared or sold, and various quantities of meat that was voluntarily surrendered had been destroyed in the usual way as unfit for human consumption.

A quantity of bedding and one Library book had been disinfected at the depot, and a quantity of bedding destroyed after cases of infectious disease since the last meeting.

The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the month.

Factory Acts

The Sanitary Inspector also reported that lists containing the names of 92 outworkers had been received, six of which were outside the district.

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 ashtub, ashpit, or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse, and it was resolved to report to the Council accordingly, with a recommendation that notices be served upon the owners requiring them within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.

Pretroleum Acts

Applications were received from the following for renewals of their petrol licences:-

Lawrence and Richardson, 1,000 gallons.

Lightstrung Cycle Co., 250 gallons.

R. W. E. Jarvis, 50 gallons.

Wargate Motor Eng. Co., 500 gallons.

Tailby and Putnam, 20 gallons.

Rushden Eng. Co., 300 gallons.

J. Austin and Son, 50 gallons.

and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.

Applications were also received from Messrs. David Nicholson (250 gallons), Arthur Okins (200 gallons), and Charles Chamberlain (75 gallons), and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto subject, in the first case to the store being placed in a satisfactory state of repair, in the second case to certain woodwork in the store being removed and ironwork substituted, and in the third case to brick store in the ground at the rear of his premises being used and the same put in a proper state of repair.

Applications were also received for renewals of their licences to deal in carbide of calcium as follows:-

(1) Lawrence and Richardson, 10 cwts.

(2) Lightstrung Cycle Co., 112 lbs.

(3) R. W. E. Jarvis, 112 lbs.

(4) Rushden Eng. Co., 2 cwts.

(5) David Nicholson, 112 lbs.

(6) Arthur Okins, 2 cwts.

And it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto, subject, as regards No. 1, to a regulation steel, sealed drum being provided and kept in dry premises; as regards No. 2, to the tins not being refilled on the premises; as regards No. 3, to the tins only holding 1 to 7 lbs., and not refilled from bulk quantity on the premises and kept in the front shop; as regards No. 4, to a regulation steel drum being provided for the bulk quantity; as regards No. 5, to the store being placed in a satisfactory state of repair; and, as regards No. 6, to a proper regulation steel drum being provided and kept in a proper store.

Applications were also received for the renewal of their licences to deal in carbide of calcium from the Wargate Motor Eng. Co. (4 cwt.), and Mr. Chas. Chamberlain (1 cwt.), and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.

Slaughter-House Licences

The Inspector also submitted applications for renewals of their slaughter-house licences from Mr. E. Hollis, Mr. E. Warren, and the Industrial Co-op. Society, and it was resolved to recommend the Council that they be granted.

Electric Vehicle

The Surveyor reported that, as instructed at the last meeting of the Committee, he had had the motors detached from this vehicle and forwarded to Messrs. Ransome, Sims, and Jefferies. A letter was now received from them stating that the cost of thoroughly overhauling the motors and renewing various parts would be £40 5s 0d., which estimate, after consultation with the Chairman, he had accepted.

The action of the Chairman and surveyor was approved and confirmed.

The report was adopted.

Mr. Bazeley said that the Sanitary Inspector was doing his work very satisfactorily.

Unemployment

The Clerk said that he had made an application to the Unemployment Committee for a grant towards the levelling of Spencer Park. He expected the cost would be about £300, and he had applied for a grant of £270.



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