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The Rushden Echo, 13th January, 1905, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T Swindall (vice-chairman), F. Knight, G. Denton, J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Hornsby, W. H. Wilkins, A. Mantle, W. Bazeley, G. H. Skinner, F. Ballard, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).

Plans, &C., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 14th Dec., 1904, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), J. Claridge, G. Denton, C. Bates, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, A. Mantle, F. Knight, and W. H. Wilkins.

Plans

were presented by :-

Mr. Harry Knight (amended plan) for house in Park-road and passed subject to the Surveyor being satisfied with the drainage arrangements.

Mr. J. C. Mayo for four houses in Pytchley-road and passed.

Messrs. Nurrish, Nurrish and Palett for factory on the Shirley Park Estate and passed subject to the sanitary arrangements being re-arranged to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.

Public Lighting

The Sub-Committee reported that they had authorised the provision of one additional lamp in the centre of Oakley-road and had given instructions for a slight removal in position of one on the Wellingborough-road. They did not recommend the provision of the additional lamp asked for near Beaconsfield-place.

The action of the Committee was approved and confirmed.

Portland Road – Lower Portion

The Special Sub-Committee reported that they had interviewed Mr. Franklin on behalf of the owners, and subject to one or two stipulations being complied with negotiations in respect of which were now in progress, they were given to understand no objections would be raised to the street being completed under the provisions of the Private Street Works Act and taken over as a public highway.

It was agreed that immediately final arrangements had been made with Mr. Franklin the necessary steps should be taken for this purpose.

The report was adopted.

Finance, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 4th January, 1905, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, Geo. Denton, J. Hornsby, G. H. Skinner, Fred Knight, J. Claridge, and W. H. Wilkins.

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 1st Dec., 1904
43
7
4
Week ending 8th Dec., 1904
44
12
3
Week ending 15th Dec., 1904
43
19
2
Week ending 22nd Dec., 1904
45
19
7
Week ending 29th Dec., 1904
43
1
4

Collector’s Fittings Account

By the Collector’s fittings account produced it appeared that he had collected the following sums on the under mentioned accounts during the past five weeks :-

 
£
s
d
Water Works……

15
5
Asphalting……
2
13
9
Total
3
9
2

Collector’s Account

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

 
£
s
d
General District Rate
81
9
0
Water Rate
286
13
7
Total
368
2
7

Treasurer’s Accounts

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

   
£
s
d
Dec. 3 County Council, College-street
50
0
0
Dec. 16 County Council, Main Roads
235
0
0
Dec. 17 J. Sargent, District rate
57
0
5
Dec. 24 J. Sargent, Water rate
71
9
8
Dec. 31 J. Sargent, Water rate
64
3
0
Jan. 3 J Sargent, Fittings Acc.
3
9
2
Jan. 4 J. Sargent, District rate
24
8
7
  J. Sargent, Water rate
115
0
0
 
Total
620
10
10

And that the following balances were in hand on the under-mentioned accounts:-

 
£
s
d
General Account
1551
14
3
Loan Account, No. 16
569
15
7
Total
2,121
9
10

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Wellingborough and District Tramroads

And Electricity Supply Bill, - Electric Lighting Order

The Promoters of the Bill and Electric Order by their representatives attended the meeting for the purpose of explaining to the Committee the objects of their respective schemes and to obtain if possible the support and consent of the Council thereto.

The representative of the British Electric Traction Company informed the Committee that they hoped to be in a position at an early date to carry out that part of their tramroad scheme running from Wellingborough to Rushden, Higham Ferrers, and Raunds, but on account of the large expenditure involved, proposed to abandon the trams in the original scheme running from the Four Roads to the Wymington-road and from Wymington-road to the bottom of the Hayway.

With regard to the power part of the Bill, the Company only proposed to take powers to supply energy to

(a) Authorised undertakers.

(b) Persons requiring a supply for power.

The Authorities were therefore left free to adopt one of the following courses:-

(1) To obtain their own Provisional Order and generate and distribute electric light.

(2) To purchase electricity in bulk from the Company and distribute in their own area, or

(3) To give their consent to the Company obtaining the Provisional Order on terms to be agreed upon.

The Committee expressed themselves very strongly with regard to the proposed abandonment of the tramway in High-street, and the Company’s representative promised to make representations to the Company with a view to this part being restored.

Mr. Barker, on behalf of Mr. E. P. Harvey, the promoter of the Electric Lighting Order, stated that the Promoter’s intentions with regard to the Order were bona fide, that it was not proposed to dispose of the Order if obtained to a Company for a promoter’s profit, but to carry out the works as soon as the capital could be raised, charging for promotion expenses only the actual cost for obtaining the Order. He called attention to the British Electric Traction Company’s Bill which he considered if passed as drawn would create unfair competition.

If the Council desired it at any future time the Promoter would be prepared to sell the Order or the undertaking to them on reasonable terms. He asked the Council to give their consent to the Order and stated that if this Committee were of opinion that it should be confined to Rushden alone, such idea should be favourably considered by the Promoter.

The Committee came to no decision with regard to either of the matters and it was agreed to have a special meeting on Tuesday evening next to further consider them.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that 69 cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., four of erysipelas and 65 of scarlet fever, with two deaths. Everything had been done in the way of isolation and supply of disinfectants possible to put a stop to the spread of the disease which, he stated, appeared to be of a mild type.

The Sanitary Inspector put before the Committee details of the 69 cases reported by the Medical Officer.

He had visited the cowsheds and dairies during the month and found them fairly well kept.

The Inspector further reported on the complaints made by the Inspector of Factories with regard to Messrs. Cave and Sons and Messrs. Jaques and Clark’s factories, both of which he had visited. He found that Messrs. Cave’s factory had a good supply of soft water and had also in addition the town water laid on and he could find nothing to complain of in the state of the w.c.’s.

At Messrs. Jaques and Clark’s factory he found everything in order and the closets in a cleanly state. The proprietors of both factories appeared to be very anxious to do everything in their power to keep them in a healthy and sanitary condition.

The Clerk was instructed to reply to the Inspector of Factories in accordance with the Sanitary Inspector’s report.

The Surveyor drew the attention of the Committee to the defective drainage arrangements of the out offices to Mr. C. Barker’s cottages at the south end of the town and of Dr. Owen’s cottages at the north end, and the Committee gave instructions to the Sanitary Inspector to see the owners and request them to carry out the necessary works forthwith.

Higham-Road Sewer Ventilating Shaft

A further letter from the General Post Office was received asking to be favoured with a reference to the particular Act and section under which the Council claimed the right to place the ventilating shaft in a public street in such a position as to interfere with the telegraphs and added that the telegraphs in question were placed along the road as long ago as 1872.

The Clerk reported that he had replied to the letter pointing out that the Postal Authorities were under some misapprehension as to the telegraphs in question having been placed along the road for the time mentioned, that as a matter of fact only a single wire had been in existence until quite recently which the ventilating shaft could not have interfered with and that it was a recently erected line of telephone and telegraph wires which came into contact with the shaft.

Fire Station

Correspondence with the National Telephone Company with regard to the payment of a minimum fee of 30s. per annum for local calls was received.

It was pointed out that when the telephone was placed at the Fire Station the Company specially waived their right to any such payment and that the guarantee with regard thereto was struck out of their printed agreement.

The Clerk had called the Company’s attention to this but at present had received no further reply.

Assistant Surveyor

An application was received from Mr. W. B. Smith asking that his salary might be increased to £100 per annum, his present salary being £90.

It was unanimously agreed to recommend the Council to accede to the application, the increase to date from the first of January.

Cemetery

The Sub-Committee reported that they had obtained from Messrs. H. E. and W. Lack an estimate for the shrubs, &c., required for planting on the south side of the extension, amounting to £10/12/4.

The Committee approved.

Midland Railway

Mr. Knight mentioned the proposed improvements in the station accommodation and the omission of anything in the nature of a covered platform, and gave notice that he would bring the matter before the Council at their next meeting and move a resolution.

Fittings Account

The Clerk called attention to the large amount of outstanding arrears on this account and the Chairman was requested to see the Collector thereon and instruct him to take the matter seriously in hand at once.

The Chairman said it was very unfortunate that they had so many cases of scarlet fever, and he was sorry to say there was no improvement up to the present.

Mr. Claridge: The epidemic seems to be spread over the county.

The Chairman, in reply to Mr. Wilkins, said everything possible was being done to stop the outbreak.

Mr. Hornsby questioned whether it would improve matters much if the schools were closed. The children would mix together just as much out of doors.

Mr. Wilkins took it that the schools could only be closed by the Council.

The Chairman: That is so.

The report was adopted.

Railway Facilities

A letter was received from the Midland Railway Company regretting that it was not possible to give effect to the wish of the Council that the 2.14 train from Rushden to Wellingborough should run daily instead of on Thursdays and Saturdays only as at present. They hoped, however, that when their next time-table was printed they would be able to find means for giving effect to their request.

Mr. Claridge asked if it would not be well to confer with the company before the time-table was printed with a view to getting the service improved to Northampton and other places. It had been suggested that Higham and Rushden should join together in the matter.

Mr. Wilkins suggested that the Company be asked to give the Council particulars of the alterations they proposed to make.

The Clerk was instructed to ask the Company for these particulars.

The New Council Offices

A lengthy and involved letter was received from the Local Government Board referring to the proposed sale of the Vestry-hall to the Rector and Churchwardens, and suggesting that the use of the building should be retained for vestry meetings. With regard to the Council’s application for sanction to borrow £2,500 for the provision of a Council Chamber and Offices, the Board asked for an amplification of one of the plans.

The Clerk observed that the letter was a very long one, but there was very little in it.

In reply to Mr. Ballard, the Clerk said that as far as he could gather from the correspondence it did not appear that the Local Government Board contemplated holding another inquiry.

The letter was referred to the Plans Committee.

Triennial Elections

A letter was received from the local branch of the Boot and Shoe Operatives’ Union stating that the branch fully approved of the action of their representatives on the Council in voting against the resolution in favour of triennial elections instead of annual elections, and strongly disapproved of the action of the other members of the Council who voted in favour of it.

The Chairman said he had also received a letter from Mr. Chamberlain, of Glassbrook-road, asking him to convene a town’s meeting to consider the question.

In reply to a question, the Clerk said the Chairman was not obliged to convene a town’s meeting except in certain specified cases.

Mr. Bates said there was a good deal of dissatisfaction felt with regard to the action of the Council in passing the resolution.

The Chairman said he would take the opinion of the Council on the subject in committee.

The Council then went into committee.




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