|The Rushden Echo, 10th February, 1922, Transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
More Council Houses Required
Improvement of Church-Parade
Ministry of Health and the Question of Rents
| Wednesday, present:- Councillors W. Bazeley, J.P. (chairman), T. Swindall, J. Spencer, J.P., F. Knight, J.P., J. Hornsby, C. W. Horrell, L. Perkins, B.Sc., C. E. Bayes, and T. Wilmott, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Assistant Surveyor (Mr. Lloyd), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Piper).
Plans, etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, January 25th, 1922, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (in the chair), C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, and T. Wilmott.
were presented for :-
Instruction room, adjoining the drill room, for the Boy Scouts, off the Wellingborough-road, and passed.
Applications were received from Mr. C. H. Jeaves and Mr. W. J. Hewitt for permission to erect cycle sheds at the rear of their houses, No. 2 Oval-road, and No. 11 Windmill-road, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.
The Surveyor submitted a letter from the County Surveyor stating that the Roads and Bridges Committee approved of the proposed widening of Church-Parade, and would contribute 25 per cent of the cost not exceeding £28 1s. 6d.
The Surveyor was instructed to communicate with the Ministry of Transport with a view to their making a contribution towards the cost.
A letter was received from Messrs. W. Packwood and Son on behalf of Mr. W. E. Danby, agreeing to give up a piece of land at the corner of Grove-street for the corner there to be widened provided the Council would asphalt the land in front of his shop.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to offer Mr. Danby the sum of £2 10s. for the land surrendered, he to do his own asphalting.
National Scheme For The Employment of Ex-Service Men
A letter was received from the Committee of this Scheme asking the Council if they were prepared to renew the undertaking given in September, 1920, to employ, on a percentage basis, ex-Service men.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to renew the undertaking.
The Fire Brigade Sub-committee reported that they had received and considered quotations for the supply of a Motor Tender for the use of the Brigade, and now recommended that Mr. D. Nicholson’s offer be accepted to supply a 30 h.p. Schneider Motor with body and fittings complete for £685. Mr. Nicholson had agreed to take the No. 2 steam fire engine, less any fittings required by the brigade, and allow therefor a sum of £35.
The Committee approved, and recommended the Council accordingly.
The report was adopted.
Finance & Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, February 1st, 1922, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. W. Bazeley (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, F. Knight, L. Perkins, 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 Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums during the past month:-
The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums during the past month:-
And that the balances on the under-mentioned accounts were as follows:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £3,038 3s. 5d. were examined and passed for payment.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to pay the sum of £4 6s. 7d., part of the expenses incurred by Messrs. Cave Brothers in the re-laying of a drain from their property in High-street to the main sewer; the drain was formerly connected with the storm water drain.
The report of the Plans etc. Committee with regard to the provision of a motor tender for the Fire Brigade was received and confirmed.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to pay half the account in the current year and the remaining half in the year 1922-23,
The question of the Officers’ Salaries, referred to the Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered and referred to a meeting of the whole Council in Committee to be held on Wednesday the 15th instant, at 7 p.m.
The report was adopted, the Chairman explaining that the Fire Brigade Motor could be paid for in two years without increasing the rate, and this would obviate a loan.
Health & Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, February 1st, 1922, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, L. Perkins, F. Knight, and J. Spencer.
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 now outstanding was 72.
One sheep’s liver and 24 cans of fruit, vegetables, and milk, all voluntarily surrendered, had been destroyed as being unfit for human consumption.
A quantity of articles of bedding had been disinfected at the Depot, and a quantity destroyed at the Sewage Farm, all after cases of infectious disease.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
The Inspector of Nuisances also reported that the statutory notices served upon various property owners had not yet been complied with. He was instructed to inform them that unless the receptacles were provided by Wednesday next the Council would supply galvanised iron sanitary bins and charge them with the cost.
The Inspector stated that nine houses had been supplied with galvanised iron sanitary ashbins since the last meeting.
Rats and Mice Destruction Act
The Inspector further reported that he had received a complaint with regard to a domestic building, No. 6a, High-street; he had inspected the premises and discovered that it was infested with rats. The County Council was the Authority under the Act, and the case had been reported to that body.
An application was received from Mr. Charles Chamberlain for a renewal of his license to store Carbide of Calcium, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto subject to the Carbide being kept in a dry place.
The report was adopted, Mr. Bayes dissenting from the proposal with regard to ash-bins.
A letter was received from the Free Library Committee asking the Council to undertake the cleaning of the newspaper room, hall, and lobbies.
Mr. Spencer, moving that the request be acceded to, said that the magazine room was done last year.
This was carried.
The Ministry of Health wrote with regard to the rents of the Trafford-road houses. “The matter has been very carefully reconsidered, but the Minister of Health is unable to regard as sufficient any initial rents lower than those quoted in this department’s letter of December 19. I am accordingly to state that for the purpose of the determination of the deficit of the Housing (Assisted Scheme) Revenue Account on which the Exchequer subsidy will be based, the rents of 8s. 6d. and 9s. 6d. exclusive of rates, water charges, etc., for Class B and B4 houses respectively will be brought into account.”
The Clerk: That means that if we do not charge the rents we shall have to meet the deficit out of the rates.
Mr. Hornsby: I suppose that is final?
The Clerk: You cannot very well approach them again after this letter.
Mr. Perkins: What length of notice of the increase must be given to the tenants?
The Clerk: A week.
Mr. Knight pointed out that the Finance Committee recommended that the Council accept the rents approved of by the Housing Commissioner, and it was not until later that it was decided to write to the Housing Commissioner again. He did not think anyone expected that they would succeed in getting a reduction.
The Council felt that nothing further could be done, and it was resolved to give notice to the tenants of the increased rent.
The Clerk said he had asked the Ministry to allow the matter of the rentals to stand over until after the arbitration with regard to the Higham Ferrers houses, but they would not consent to do so.
Mr. Knight suggested that it would be wise now to ask the Ministry of Health for sanction to obtain tenders for the 25 houses which had already received the approval of the Ministry.
Mr. Spencer moved and Mr. Perkins seconded that application be made.
The Chairman: There would be nothing lost by it. The last time we interviewed the Department they said, “Finish the houses you are already building, then show us some unemployed skilled labour in the building trade, and then apply again.” With falling prices I think there is a great chance of the Ministry allowing us to invite tenders for the 25 houses for which plans have been passed.
Mr. Perkins said that the Government, in inviting people to take up National Savings Certificates, stated that a proportion of the money could be spent locally in housing schemes.
The resolution was carried.
Mr. Wilmott said he thought the Council should do something to the road opposite the houses, the rents of which were to be increased. It was in an awful state in wet and snowy weather. He moved that the matter be referred to the Highways Committee, and this was carried.