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The Rushden Echo, 1st & 22nd January, 1904, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday week there were present Messrs. J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, W. H. Wilkins, G. Denton, J. Hornsby, T. Swindall, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, A. Mantle, and F. Ballard, with Mr. G. S. Mason (clerk), and Mr. W. B. Madin (surveyor).

Council in Committee

A meeting of the Urban District Council of Rushden in Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 2nd day of December, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, G. Denton, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, A. Mantle, J. Hornsby, Fred Knight, W. H. Wilkins, F. Ballard, and Tom Swindall.

Office Accommodation

The Surveyor submitted to the Committee a scheme which he had prepared for improving the office accommodation at the Vestry Hall or, in the alternative, building new offices for the Surveyor and Inspector on the Town Depot site, leaving the Vestry Hall to be used by the Collector and as a Council Chamber. The Committee were not favourably disposed to the making of any material alterations at the Vestry Hall and agreed to recommend the Council to instruct the Plans Committee to prepare a scheme for the erection of offices on the Depot site. The Chairman and Mr. Wilkins were requested to see Mr. Radburne with a view to obtaining his consent to a rectification of the frontage line there.

Cemetery

Attention was called to the necessity of more efficient drainage for the cemetery, and the matter was referred to the Cemetery Committee to prepare a scheme.

The Chairman, alluding to the question of office accommodation, said the committee were divided on the subject and wished the Council to again consider the matter in committee at the close of that meeting.

The report was adopted.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 9th day of December, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, Fred Knight and W. H. Wilkins.

Plans

were presented by:-

The Trustees of the Park-road Wesleyan Chapel for a new church at the junction of Park-road and Griffith-street and passed.

The Wholesale Co-operative Society, Ltd., for extensions to their factory in Portland-road and passed.

Main Roads

A letter was received from the County surveyor asking that an estimate for the maintenance of the main roads for the year 1904-5 might be prepared and submitted to him this month.

The Committee thought it somewhat unreasonable that the estimate should be required at such an early date, particularly as the Council had not yet had a year’s experience under the new system, and the Clerk was instructed to reply to the County Surveyor accordingly.

Field Footpaths

A letter was received from the Secretary to the Allotment Association calling attention to the condition of the footpath leading from the Cromwell-road by the cricket field.

The Surveyor was instructed to repair the path in question with cinders.

Road Materials – Slag

The Surveyor was instructed to procure a quantity of unbroken slag and have same broken by hand-labour.

The Chairman said the committee decided to procure unbroken slag so as to provide some work for those who might be willing to undertake it.

The Surveyor, in reply to a question by Mr. Bazeley, said about 80 tons had been already received.

The report was adopted.

Finance, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 16th day of December, 1903, when there were present Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), J. Claridge, Geo. Denton, A. Mantle, C. Bates, J. Hornsby and Tom Swindall.

Surveyor’s Cash Account


£

s

d

Week ending 27th Nov., 1903

55

3

5

Week ending 4th Dec., 1903

54

2

8

Week ending 11th Dec. 1903

49

19

3


Collector’s Account

The Collector’s accounts were examined from which it appeared that during the past three weeks he had collected the following sum on the under-mentioned account:-


£

s

d

District Rate

173

13

10

Water Rate

110

9

1

Total

284

2

11


Collector’s Fittings Account

The Committee examined the Collector’s fittings account from which it appeared he had collected the following sums on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

Waterworks fittings

28

15

9

Water

12

10

0

Other fittings

7

19

10

Fire Station

2

0

0

Scavenging


6

10

Total

51

12

5


Treasurer’s Receipts

The Committee examined the Treasurer’s books from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the past three weeks by the under-mentioned persons on the following accounts:-


£

s

d

Dec. 1, J. Sargent, fittings account

51

12

5

Dec. 1, J. Sargent, District rate

125

0

0

Dec. 16, J. Sargent, District rate

48

13

10

Dec. 16, J. Sargent, Water rate

110

9

1

Dec. 10, County Council, Main Roads

251

0

0

Total

586

15

4


Treasurer’s Balances

The Committee examined the treasurer’s books and found that the following balances were in his hands on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

1,551

6

2

Loan Account No. 16

570

15

4


2,122

1

6


Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported as follows:-

“Four cases of infectious disease have been reported since the last meeting, three of scarlet fever and one of erysipelas.”

The Inspector informed the Committee that the case of erysipelas referred to by Medical Officer occurred in Queen-street, and the cases of scarlet fever, two in Griffith-street and one in Midland-road.

The Inspector had visited all the cases and supplied the usual disinfectants; isolation had been strictly observed and the patients were all doing well.

Assistant Surveyor

An application was received from Mr. W. B. Smith for an increase of salary, and it was unanimously resolved that the Committee recommend the Council to increase the salary from £80 to £90 per annum, the Committee expressing themselves highly satisfied with the way in which Mr. Smith had performed the duties of his office during the past year.

The report was adopted.

The Free Library

The Chairman, on behalf of the Free Library Committee, moved that the Council sanction the preparation of plans for the Free Library by Mr. Madin, the Surveyor.

Mr. Mantle seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried.

The Water Board

A letter was received from the Clerk to the Joint Water Board announcing the resignation of Mr. John Spencer as a member of the Board.

The Council proceeded to fill up the vacancy, and after a ballot, Mr. A. Mantle was chosen.

The Council then went into committee.

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22nd January, 1904

Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), F. Knight, G. Denton, J. Hornsby, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, W. H. Wilkins, F. Ballard, A. Mantle, and T. Swindall, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).

Council in Committee

A meeting of the Urban District Council of Rushden in Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 23rd December, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, George Denton, A. Mantle, J. Hornsby, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, Fred Knight, Tom Swindall, and W. H. Wilkins.

Office Accommodation

This matter was again under consideration: the Committee had before them three separate proposals:- (1) The erection of offices for the Inspector and Surveyor on the town depot site at an estimated cost of about £500; (2) alterations to the Vestry Hall providing additional office accommodation with a Council Chamber upstairs at an estimated cost of £600; and (3) the erection of a new building on the site of the present Vestry Hall providing office accommodation for the Council’s full staff, together with a Council Chamber at an estimated cost of £1,400.

After carefully considering these three proposals, the Committee unanimously resolved to recommend the Council to adopt the third.

The report was adopted, and it was resolved, on a recommendation carried at another meeting of the committee held on Wednesday night, to apply to the Local Government Board for a loan of £1,750 to carry out the work.

Plans, &c. Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 6th day of January, 1904, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, Fred Knight and W. H. Wilkins.

Plans

were presented by:-

Messrs. Knight and Bradfield for two semi-detached villa residences on the Newton-road and passed.

Mr. George Selwood for additions to corrugated iron store shed at the rear of his factory in Harborough-road and passed.

With regard to the latter plans, the Surveyor reported that the building was practically completed before the plans were presented. The Committee expressed strong disapproval of the action of the builder, and instructed the Surveyor to inform him that if the same thing occurs again serious notice will be taken of it.

College-Street

The contractor’s account for the culvert at the lower end of this street was presented amounting to £118. The Surveyor reported the work as having been completed very satisfactorily, and the Committee decided to recommend the account for payment.

Main Roads

The Surveyor’s estimate for the maintenance of the main roads for the year ending 31st March, 1905, was submitted to the Committee; the total estimated cost amounted to £1,007. The Committee approved the estimate and authorised the Surveyor to arrange with the County Surveyor for next year’s contract on the basis of it.

Higham-Road

The Surveyor was instructed to complete the planting of the trees on this road on the west side as far as the Higham Ferrers boundary.

Water Works

The Surveyor reported a rather serious accident to the fly wheel of one of the gas engines, which neither he or the caretaker were able to account for.

He also reported the excessive consumption of gas during the last month or so; he was instructed to have the gas carefully and regularly tested until the next meeting of the Committee and also to cease night pumping for the present.

Harborough-Road

The Clerk submitted a list of owners who had not paid their apportioned expenses for the private street works executed in this road, and was instructed to give them the usual notice of sale in default of payment.

Mr. G. Denton suggested that it was also necessary to test the gas for quality, bearing in mind the complaints made with regard to it in the town. He thought the Council ought to see that the gas was of the quality they paid for. The Gas Company, he understood, said the quality of the gas was up to the standard, and testing would either confirm that or otherwise. He moved that the matter should be referred back to the committee who should have power to provide the Surveyor with testing apparatus.

Mr. Bazeley said the increased consumption might be due to the quality of the gas supplied.

Mr. F. Ballard seconded the motion, which was agreed to.

The report was then adopted.

Finance, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 13th day of January, 1904, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), J. Claridge, Geo. Denton, A. Mantle, C. Bates, J. Hornsby, and Tom Swindall.

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 18th December, 1903

54

9

4

Week ending 24th December, 1903

49

16

1

Week ending 1st January, 1904

43

7

11

Week ending 8th January, 1904

54

9

5

Week ending 8th January, 1904…… 54 9 5

Collector’s Account

The Collector’s accounts were examined from which it appeared that during the past month he had collected the following sums on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General District Rate

75

10

0

Water Rate

315

3

10


390

13

10

390 13 10

Treasurer’s Receipts

The Committee examined the Treasurer’s books from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the past month by the under-mentioned persons on the following accounts:-


£

s

d

Dec. 19, J. Sargent, Water rate

60

0

0

Dec. 24, J. Sargent, Water rate

65

3

10

1904

 

 

 

Jan. 2, General Accident Co

 

16

0

Jan. 9, J. Sargent, District rate

75

10

0

Jan. 9, J. Sargent, Water rate

150

0

0

Jan. 13, Dickens, chimney on fire

 

2

6

              Fuller, chimney on fire

 

2

6

              Clark, chimney on fire

 

2

6

               Newberry, chimney on fire

 

2

6

              Chettle, Slaughter house license

 

1

0

              J. Sargent, Water rate

40

0

0

Total

392

0

10

Treasurer’s Balances

The Committee examined the treasurer’s books from which it appeared that the following balances were in his hands on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

971

19

2

Loan Account No. 16

570

15

4

Total

1,542

14

6

Total 1,542 14 6

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that eight cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, five of scarlet fever, one of erysipelas, and two of typhoid fever; he had visited and inspected the premises, but in no case could find anything at all likely to cause the disease, everything being most satisfactory.

The Sanitary Inspector informed the Committee that the cases of scarlet fever occurred in Sartoris Road, Cromwell Road, and High Street; the case of erysipelas in Washbrook-road; and the typhoid fever in Midland-road and College-street. The cases were all doing well, and isolation observed as far as possible.

Dairies, Milkshops, and Cowsheds Order

The Inspector was instructed to make an early inspection of the various cowsheds and dairies in the district and to draw the owners’ and occupiers’ attention to the provisions of the new regulations which came into force on the 1st January.

Cemetery

The Surveyor was instructed to obtain a quantity of shrubs from Messrs. Lack for planting in the Cemetery.

General District Rate

The Collector submitted a rate which he had prepared amounting to £2,105 15s. 0d. The Committee approved the rate and recommended the Council to make the same at their next meeting.

The report was adopted.

Re-Appointment of Medical Officer

On the motion of the Chairman, Dr. Morris was re-appointed medical officer for the ensuing year.

Chimneys On Fire

The Clerk mentioned that in one case where a chimney got on fire the tenant of the house had not paid the 2s. 6d. fine, but had offered him 1s. 6d., which, of course, he could not accept.

Mr. Bates said it was a hard case, and he would sooner pay the money himself than have the man prosecuted.

It was pointed out that the Council could make no distinctions, and it was resolved to take out a summons if the money is not paid by Monday.



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