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Rushden Urban District Council
Jan/Feb 1919
The Rushden Echo, 10th January, 1919

The Municipal Housing Scheme
Difference of Opinion Regarding The Site
Heavy Estimate For Road Making

Wednesday, present Councillors T. Wilmott, J.P. (in the chair), F. Knight, J.P. (vice-chairman), J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hyde, J. Hornsby, J. Tomlin, and F. Green, with the Assistant Clerk (Mr. W. L. Beetenson), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the temporary Sanitary Inspector (Mr. A. E. Lloyd).

The Chairman said that the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) was unavoidably absent.

Council In Committee

A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, December 18th, 1918, when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Green, J. Hornsby, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and J. Tomlin.

Housing Scheme

The Chairman reported that the sub-committee appointed to settle the terms of the agreement with the vendors for the purchase of the site on the Newton-road had, in conference with the Surveyor, carefully considered the plan adopted by the Council for the laying out of the site. They found that the cost of road making would be most extravagant, involving an estimated cost of £40 per house. The Committee considered an alternative plan involving the purchase of additional land fronting on the Newton-road and on the unbuilt-upon portion of Trafford-road at an estimated cost of £1,500, which, with the Newton-road frontage and a short length of road-making, would provide sites for the 100 houses decided upon and save some £3,000 in road making. By adopting this scheme the Committee estimated that a net saving of from £1,000 to £1,500 would be effected, leaving the back portion of the field originally decided to be purchased for future developments or garden allotments in connection with the houses to be built. The Committee recommended that the Council adopt this alternative scheme.

Mr. Bazeley proposed that the Committee adopt the recommendation of the Sub-Committee and recommend the Council accordingly.

Mr. Tomlin seconded.

Mr. Swindall moved as an amendment that no additional land be acquired and that at present the Council proceed to the erection of 50 houses only on the Newton-road frontage of the original field.

Mr. Claridge seconded.

The amendment was voted upon as follows:-

For – Mr. Swindall, Mr. Claridge, Mr. Clipson

Against – The Chairman, Mr. Bazeley, Mr. Tomlin, Mr. Green, Mr. Hornsby.

Neutral – Mr. Spencer.

Mr. Bates had left the meeting prior to the vote being taken.

The amendment being lost, the proposition was put to the meeting and carried unanimously.

Juvenile Employment

A letter was received from the Secretary to the County Education Committee with regard to the unemployment of young persons in consequence of the termination of hostilities, and inquiring if the Council considered that there were any such cases within their district.

The Clerk was instructed to reply that so far as the Council could foresee no such cases would arise.

The report was adopted.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, December 18th, when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), F. Knight, J. S. Clipson, J. Hornsby, T. Swindall, and J. Tomlin.

Plans

were presented by:-

The Rushden Chrome Tanning Co., Ltd., for a new warehouse with offices at their works off Kimbolton-road, and passed.

The report was adopted.

Finances and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, January 1st, 1919, at 10 a.m., when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), F. Knight, C. Bates, J. Claridge, and Fred Green.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, and expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£

s

d

Week ending December 5th, 1918

45

16

7

Week ending December 12th, 1918

46

3

2

Week ending December 19th, 1918

45

9

5

Week ending December 26th, 1918

46

12

9

Week ending December 26th, 1918…… 46 12 9

Collector’s Accounts

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


£

s

d

General district rate

960

17

0

Fittings


6

0

Cottage rents

42

14

9

Burial fees, etc.

4

3

0

Burial fees, etc……. 4 3 0

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Free Library, fees, fines, etc.

2

15

11

War Loan Dividend

50

0

0

Collector, district rate

960

17

0

Collector, fittings


6

0

Collector, cottage rents

42

14

9

Cemetery Registrar, burial fees, etc.

4

3

0

Fuel Overseer, emergency coal

88

11

6

Reading Corporation, tax refund

3

13

4

County Council, M. R. tarring

261

12

6

Total

1414

14

0

Total 1414 14 0

And that the following balances were in his hands:-


£

s

d

General account

1865

18

7

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £731 9s. 5d. 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, January 1st, 1919, when there were present: Messrs. F. Knight (Chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and Fred Green.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The report of the Medical Officer of Health for the month of December was received.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month he had served 17 preliminary notices calling attention to nuisances and other matters, all of which were receiving attention.

Two lots of infected bedding had been destroyed after deaths from consumption since the last meeting and the rooms cleansed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of the bedding destroyed at a cost not exceeding £1 7s. 6d. in each case.

A box of sausages weighing 124 lbs. had been surrendered as being unfit for human consumption and destroyed in the usual way.

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

Defective Backways

The Inspector also reported that in accordance with the instructions given at the last meeting he had seen the owners of the property abutting on Succoth and Park-place, who had agreed to have the roads repaired with chippings as soon as possible.

Slaughtering Licences

Applications were received from Messrs. Edward Warren and Ernest Hollis for renewals of their slaughterhouse licences, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.

Petroleum Acts

Applications were received from Messrs. A. Okins, Charles Chamberlain, D. Nicholson, Tailby and Putnam, J. Austin and Son, and Charles Bennett for renewals of their licences to store petrol, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.

Applications were also received from Messrs. A. Okins, D. Nicholson, Robert Jarvis and Charles Bennett for renewals of their licences to store carbide of calcium, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to agree thereto.

The report was adopted.

Peace

The question of a peace celebration was adjourned for a month.

The Chairman said he had received a letter from the clerk of the County Council inviting him to attend a preliminary conference on January 11th to inaugurate a fund to commemorate the members of the Forces belonging to the County or serving with the County Regiment who had fallen in the war. He intended to accept the invitation.

Developments

Mr. Spencer gave notice that at the next meeting he should move the appointment of a committee to consider town developments. There was no such committee at the present time, he said, and he thought it would be a good thing to have such a committee, who could, at any time when necessary, assist in developments.

Housing Scheme

Mr. Bazeley: What is the next step the Council is to take in connection with the housing scheme, so as to push on with the matter and not let there be any delay. People are already making application for the houses, so they think the Council is going to move pretty speedily, and I hope that will be so. I trust the Council will get to work as early as they can.

The Surveyor: There is to be a meeting of the committee next week, when the architect will bring forward his scheme for various styles of cottages.

Mr. Bazeley: That is what I wanted to know – how we were moving.

The Chairman: I think the surveyor has got on as far as he can, and, according to his remarks, the committee are doing the same. Undoubtedly there will have to be an inquiry.

Mr. Bazeley: I want to see the inquiry held as soon as possible.

Mr. Spencer: Is Mr. Lloyd (the assistant surveyor) demobilised yet?

The Chairman: I do not know authoritatively, but I understand that Mr. Lloyd is being released. None of the roadmen have been released at present.

Mr. Spencer: There is a very haphazard way of demobilising. In one case the last man to go from a firm was the first to be demobilised. It seems monstrous that men who have been in France over four years are not yet allowed back.

…………………….

The Rushden Echo, 14th February, 1919

Serious Shortage of Coal
Rumours of Large Private Supplies
Utterly Without Foundation
Can the Town be Developed?

Wednesday, present Councillors T. Wilmott, J.P. (in the chair), F. Knight, J.P. (vice-chairman), J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, J. Tomlin, and F. Green, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the temporary Sanitary Inspector (Mr. A. E. Lloyd).

War Memorial

The Chairman reported on the meeting he had attended at Northampton, and said the feeling was that, rather than a county memorial at Northampton, each parish would prefer its own memorial. Earl Spencer promised to give Dallington Hall and grounds as a convalescent home for the Northants men who had suffered from the war.

Council In Committee

A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 1919, when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), Fred Knight, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Green, J. Hornsby, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and J. Tomlin.

Housing

Mr. Fisher attended the meeting and submitted an outline of his proposed scheme. Various details were discussed at length, and it was ultimately resolved that the scheme be completed and submitted to the Council at their February meeting.

Mr. Fisher was authorised to confer with the Sub-Committee consisting of the Chairman, Messrs. Bazeley and Tomlin, as to any details upon which he might require instructions in developing the scheme.

The report was adopted.

Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, January 29th, 1919, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), F. Knight, J. S. Clipson, J. Hornsby, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and J. Tomlin.

Plans

were presented for:-

Motor house (amended plan) in Allen-road, for Messrs. W. Green and son and passed.

Additions to factory in Harborough-road for Mr. C. Hodson, and referred back for amendment as to thickness of walls.

House in Robinson-road for Mr. W. Macdonald, and passed.

Wood-working factory off the Higham-road for Messrs. Luck and Andrews, Ltd., and passed subject to all doors opening outwards.

Additions to workshop in Newton-road for Messrs. Wadsworth Bros., and passed.

New Buildings For Year 1918

The Surveyor reported that during the past year plans for the following buildings had been passed:-

Dwelling houses

1

Additions to houses

3

Sanitary Blocks

2

Motor Garages

3

Engine Houses

3

Alterations and Additions to Factories and Workshops

3

Brick Leather Stores

3

Sundries

2

And that nine buildings had been certified completed.

Roads

A circular letter from the Road Board was received, setting out the terms upon which they would be prepared to make grants for the maintenance and improvement of main and important district roads. It was understood that all applications in respect of the main roads would be sent in direct by the County Surveyor. With regard to the district roads it was resolved that an application be made in respect of the Wellingborough-road from Station-road to the Grange Farm, and the Surveyor was instructed to get out details of, and an estimate of, the cost of the works proposed.

Main Roads

The Surveyor was also instructed to prepare his annual estimate of the expenses of maintaining the main roads, with a view of the usual agreement being entered into with the County Council as to their maintenance for the year 1919-1920.

The report was adopted.

Finance & Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, February 4th, 1919, at 10 a.m., when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), F. Knight, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and Fred Green.

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. 2nd, 1919

47

3

0

Week ending Jan. 9th, 1919

45

7

3

Week ending Jan. 16th, 1919

44

3

1

Week ending Jan. 23rd, 1919

43

19

10

Week ending Jan. 30th, 1919

44

17

1

Week ending Jan. 30th, 1919…… 44 17 1

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

679

4

3

Fittings

17

18

10

Cottage rents

48

15

6

Burial fees, etc.

11

3

0

Burial fees, etc……. 11 3 0

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Collector, general dist. rate

679

4

3

Collector, fittings

17

18

10

Collector, cottage rents

48

15

6

Cemetery Registrar, burial fees, etc.

11

3

0

Free Library, fees, fines, etc.

4

2

5

Chamberlain, petrol license


2

0

Chamberlain, carbide license


2

0

Fuel Overseer, emergency coal

92

10

10

J. S. Mason, sale of crops

479

17

6

Tailby and Putnam, petrol license


2

0

Fuel Overseer, emergency coal

11

9

7

E. Hollis, slaughter house license


1

0

E. Warren, slaughter house license


1

0

Total

1345

19

11

And that the balances in his hands were as follows:-


£

s

d

General account

2454

9

3

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan account No. 16…… 33 2 3

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £1,238 11s. 6d. were examined and passed for payment.

Surveyor’s Office

The Surveyor reported that Mr. J. W. Lloyd recommenced duties on January 13th.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to fix the remuneration to be paid to him at £150 per annum from that date.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, February 5th, 1919, when there were present: Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and Fred Green.

Health and Sanitary Reports

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

The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting 22 informal notices had been issued, calling attention to nuisances and other matters, all of which were receiving attention.

One lot of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption, and the room cleansed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of the bedding destroyed at a cost not exceeding £1 7s. 6d.

A quantity of unsound tins of fish, fruit, etc., which had been voluntarily surrendered, had been destroyed in the usual way.

One library book belonging to the Public Library found in an infected house had also been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the book.

Factory Acts

The Inspector also reported that 53 notices had been sent to factories respecting the giving out of outwork. Twenty-nine lists had been received relating to 97 out-workers receiving work inside the district and 31 out-workers receiving work outside the district.

Petroleum Acts

Applications were received from Mr. T. H. Denton and the Rushden Engineering Company for renewals of their licenses to store petrol and carbide of calcium, and acceded to.

Dairies, Cowsheds, & Milkshops Order

An application was received from Mr. Alfred Hodgkins to be registered as a purveyor of milk, and his name was placed on the register.

Cemetery

The report of the Cemetery Registrar for the past six months was received, from which it appeared that during that period there had been 62 interments, seven of which were non-parishioners. Twenty-six grave spaces had been purchased and two reserved for a period of 14 years. The total receipts had been £93 2s. 0d.

The Committee considered the report very satisfactory.

The report was adopted.

Coal Shortage

Mr. Claridge said that numerous complaints had been made regarding the shortage of coal in Rushden. Mr. Madin was doing all he could. Could anything else be done?

The Chairman: Everything possible is being done.

Mr. Bazeley: It is very serious now. It is not fit for children to go to school.

Mr. Tomlin: The towns all round are as badly off.

Mr. Knight: We had better move a resolution that the miners should leave off striking!

Mr. Bazeley: I have read that there is plenty of coal at the pit-head and that the trouble is caused by the shortage of trucks.

Mr. Swindall said that was not the case. Trucks had been at the pit-head two and three weeks, waiting for coal.

Mr. Spencer moved that a resolution of protest at the way Rushden was served be sent to the Coal Controller. Large numbers of people in Rushden had not had a proper supply for twelve months. At one period the Coal Controller allowed them 150 tons, but afterwards nearly every merchant had a reduced supply. He thought there was something wrong with the system when one could have abundance and other had to go without. He did not know whether anybody in the town had large stocks of coal, but he had heard that some places were well filled. If some people had a big stock the time had come when some of it should be taken away and disposed of to those who were less fortunate.

Mr. Bates seconded, and said he could speak feelingly, because he had no coal at his own house.

The Chairman: We have to-night sent a letter to the Coal Controller, and we are calling a committee meeting for Friday night.

Mr. Madin said that the usual supplies of coal did not come to Rushden last summer, so the merchants had not the stocks to draw from, and the people were now living from hand to mouth. He had heard tales about some people having large supplies. He had heard of one man who received a ton of coal one week and another ton the next, but when he investigated the case he found the man had only had 12 cwt. since January 1st, and to-day he had not 3 cwt. in stock. With regard to the schools, they depended upon coke, and he was told there was no shortage of coke. It was the heating apparatus that was at fault.

Mr. Swindall said there had been a coke shortage since last Thursday.

Mr. Hornsby said that if the resolution would bring coal to Rushden he would heartily support it, but the shortage was all over the country. He thought it would be better to wait until the meeting on Friday night.

Mr. Bazeley said he did not see women and children at Wellingborough going to the station for coal same as they saw at Rushden. Either the supply or the distribution at Wellingborough was better.

Mr. Claridge thought the letter of protest might strengthen the letter already sent.

Mr. Hornsby moved that the question should be referred to the Coal Committee, and Mr. Tomlin seconded, but eventually this was withdrawn, and Mr. Spencer’s resolution was carried unanimously.

Town Development

Mr. Spencer moved that a Town Development Committee be formed to try to introduce new businesses into Rushden. They might advertise sites for business premises, and they might also seek to obtain further representation on the County Council, to secure Petty Sessions for Rushden, etc.

Mr. Green thought the question should remain in abeyance until the election of the new Urban Council, and eventually Mr. Spencer withdrew his motion.

Consumption

The Clerk read a letter from the local branch of the Demobilised Soldiers’ Association asking the Council to consider the erection of a colony of houses for the use of ex-Service men suffering from tuberculosis.

The Clerk said this matter should come under the new Health scheme.

Mr. Bazeley: We must see what the Health Ministry will do.

Child Welfare

The Clerk read a letter from the County Council respecting the Maternity and Child Welfare Scheme. This was referred to the Sanitary Committee.

Gas

Mr. Bazeley referred to the quality and price of gas, and said that there were great complaints. He thought there was no justification now for the poor quality and the high price of gas. During the war they were told that the bad quality was because of certain products being required for munition purposes, but that was not the case now. The gas was very dear for cooking or lighting purposes.

Mr. Swindall said the shortage of coal was responsible. The Clerk corroborated and said that if the Company did not give this quality of gas they could not give any at all.


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