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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 16th February, 1951, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Rushden Street Lamp Mystery

Complaint Made by Woman Councillor

An all-night street lamp, about which a member complained, became something of a mystery at Wednesday’s meeting of Rushden Urban Council.

The complaint was made by Mrs. W. O. Rowthorn, who said that the light was in St. Mary’s Avenue and penetrated to her bedroom in St. Margaret’s Avenue. Children in other houses were made nervous, and it was difficult to get them to sleep.

“I wouldn’t mind if I had an all-night light outside my house,” retorted Coun. W. J. Sawford. “I have never heard a complaint about any others in the town that have been kept on all night.

“We put these lights up for the benefit of the whole community,” he added.

Coun. A. A. Allebone then asserted that there was no all-night light in St. Mary’s Avenue, and Coun. J. Allen, who lives there, testified that he had never noticed one.

Snow appeal

Commenting on complaints about the condition of roads during the recent period of snow and frost, Coun. Sawford appealed to the townspeople to realise that when snow came it was very difficult for the Council’s staff to clear. The staff did all they possibly could, he said, but labour was short, and he appealed to householders to help by clearing the paths.

A suggestion by Mr. Allebone that Council tenants should have the opportunity to purchase their houses by weekly instalments was referred to committee, but Mrs. Lean intimated that the Government did not favour such schemes.

A contract was placed for the erection of ten garages on the Highfield Road Housing estate at a cost of £1,726.

Noting that trees at Rushden Hall were being removed, Mr. Allen urged that a policy for the planting of new trees in the park should be formulated.

Lights out

In response to Government economy appeals it was agreed that street lamps should go out at 11 p.m. and that the lighting of St. Mary’s Church clock should be discontinued.

The Council agreed to ask for traffic lights at the High Street and Newton Road corner and decided to place “cross-road” signs at the junction of Moor Road and Station Road.

Following consultation with the United Counties Bus Company, it was stated that plans for a town bus service are to be placed before the licensing authorities. Delay in introducing the service was attributed to staffing difficulties. A Court Estate service would have to be considered separately, it was said.

Minutes of the Health Committee revealed that a funeral arranged for December 20th had to be postponed because it was found that the wrong grave had been opened.

A letter from the Registrar of the County Court stated that there was not at present a sufficiently strong case for re-opening the Rushden office, and that consideration of the question must be deferred at least until the end of the year.

It was agreed that the town’s new electoral wards, four in number, should each be divided into two polling districts.

It was reported that no payment had been claimed under the Local Government Act, 1948, which authorised the Council to make an expenses allowance to its chairman. The Finance Committee, feeling that a fixed allowance should be made in order to avoid embarrassment, recommended that each chairman should be paid £50 per annum to enable him to meet the expenses of his office.

Nine births and 16 deaths were reported by the Medical Officer. Nine cases of pneumonia were notified in January.

Building plans included the following: Garage, 74, Bedford Road, Mr. J. Underwood; storeroom and alterations, 20, Washbrook Road, Mr. B. C. Groom; conversion of cow-house into bungalow, Hayway, Mr. John White; layout of land, Washbrook Road, Mr. R. E. Iliffe; garage and workshop, 114, High Street, Messrs. Clark Bros.; garage, 90, Hall Avenue, Mrs. P. Burgess; railway siding, Shirley Road, Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society; additions to kitchen, 126, St. Margaret’s Avenue, Mrs. A. Lack; extensions and alterations to factory, John Street, W. W. Chamberlain (Associated Companies), Ltd.; boiler house, Manton Road, John White Footwear, Ltd.; boiler house, Lime Street, John White Footwear, Ltd.; new entrance door, Cromwell Road, William Green and Son, Ltd.; bungalow, Fern Road, Mr. W. Driver; garage, 99, Hall Avenue, Mr. R. Clark; bathroom, Quorn Road, Mr. S. Hook; extension to living room, 42, Crabb Street, Mr. J. W. Houghton; garage, 3, Birchall Road, Mr. S. A. Pell.

Private enterprise

Licences to build houses by private enterprise were granted to the following: Mr. A. E. Foskett (site in Court Estate), Mr. H. Taylor (Hall Avenue), Mr. R. Pearson (Avenue Road), Mr. L. Essom (Park Avenue), Mr. R. G. F. Hodgkins (Park Avenue), Mr. G. E. V. Fleeman (Wymington Road), Mr. H. J. Warhurst (Link Road), Mr. L. C. Knight (Bedford Road), Mr. D. A. Panther (Hall Avenue), Mr. C. A. Thomas (Quorn Road), Mr. R. Buckee (St. Crispin Estate), Mr. H. J. Hake (Link Road) and Mr. L. F. Parkinson (Link Road).


Council Seeks Grant For Hall

Meeting in committee on Wednesday night, Rushden Urban Council received new information about the terms on which the Ministry of Education will grant £1,000 toward the cost of repairing Rushden Hall – estimated at £4,840.

Desiring to accept the grant, the Council adopted a resolution assuring the Ministry that they will assist any proposal for establishing a Community Association to enjoy the facilities at the Hall.

Application will be made for consent to the raising of a loan, and Professor A. E. Richardson will be asked to advise on the placing of a contract for the expeditious completion of the work.

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