|The Rushden Echo, 12th January, 1912, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
New Buildings During The Year
A meeting of this Council was held in the Council Chambers, Rushden, on Wednesday night, when there were present Mr. J. Claridge (chairman), Mr. G. Miller (Vice-chairman), the Ven. A. Kitchin, Messrs. G. H. Skinner, F. Knight, C. E. Bayes, T. Swindall, C. Bates, J. Spencer, J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, F. Ballard, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Allen).
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 20th December, 1911, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, and Fred Knight.
were presented by:-
Mr. C. Ette for motor house in Pratt-road and passed.
Messrs. A. Groome and Sons for additional sanitary conveniences to their factory in Oak-street and passed.
Mr. George Webb for wooden barn at the rear of No. 72, Moor-road, and no objection taken.
Mr. E. A. Harlow for wooden barn at the rear of 155, Cromwell-road, and passed.
The Surveyor reported that during the past year plans for the following buildings had been passed by the Council:-
Damage To Trees
The Surveyor reported that further damage had been done to two trees on the Higham-road. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the police on the subject.
A memorial signed by the employees asking that they might be excused from work altogether on Bank holidays was received. The Surveyor informed the Committee that at present each man had to attend on Bank holidays until 9 a.m. in summer, and 10 a.m. in winter.
It was resolved that in future only the street sweepers be required to turn out on Bank holidays and that they be allowed a privilege corresponding to that now given to the other employees on some other convenient days in the year.
The report was adopted.
Finance And Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 2nd January, 1912, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, F. Knight, and T. Swindall.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the following balances were in hand on the undermentioned accounts:-
Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £463/6/9 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, the 3rd January, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (Chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. Arthur Kitchin.
Health And Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that sixteen cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., twelve of scarlet fever, three of diphtheria, and one of puerperal fever.
The Inspector reported that 28 informal notices had been issued since the last meeting, calling attention to nuisances, etc., which had for the most part received attention.
One book belonging to the Free Library and two books belonging to the Alfred-street School Library found in infected houses had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the books.
A sample of water had been taken from a well on the Irchester-road and on examination found to be satisfactory for drinking purposes.
The Public Schools had all been sprayed and disinfected since the last meeting, and would again be done before being re-opened on the 8th inst.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to a number of houses, showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse.
It appeared to the Committee by this report that the several houses therein referred to were without a sufficient ashtub, ashpit, or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse, and it was decided to report to the Council accordingly, with a recommendation that a notice be served upon the owners requiring them within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.
At the rear of Glassbrook and Sartoris-roads.
The Clerk reported that notices under the Public Health Act, 1907, had been served upon the owners of the property using these footways, requiring them to put them in order, and that instructions to carry out the work in respect of the footway at the rear of Glassbrook-road had been given. Some difficulty had arisen with regard to the footway at the rear of Sartoris-road owing to the number of abutting owners and to the fact that the owners on the Wellingborough-road side abutting thereon had no right to use the footway. It would therefore be necessary, if the Council decided to do the work themselves, to proceed under the Private Street Works Act. The Committee did not consider this desirable at the present time, and instructed the Clerk to inform the owners using the footway that if they would put down a few loads of ashes or gravel so as to make it passable no further action would be taken at present.
The Surveyor reported that as a result of the analysis of the sewage it was found to be of the class known as strong, as he had anticipated.
The Surveyor was authorised to dispose of the grazing up to the 31st March next on the best terms he could obtain.
Acute Poliomyelitis And Cerebro-Spinal Fever
A circular letter from the Local Government Board calling attention to local outbreaks of acute poliomyelitis in which the Board expressed the opinion that it was desirable in the interests of the public health that this disease and also that of cerebro-spinal fever should both be made notifiable.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to take the necessary steps for doing this.
Mr. Spencer asked with regard to the receptacle question whether it would be possible for an order to be made requiring all owners to supply receptacles.
The Clerk said that each individual case had to be taken on its merits.
The report was adopted.
Council In Committee
A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 20th December, 1911, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, Fred Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Swindall.
Electric Lighting Order
The draft of the proposed Provisional Order received the careful consideration of the Committee.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to give their consent thereto, subject to the Promoters agreeing to reduce the statutory period of 42 years for the purchase of the undertaking by the local Authorities to 30 years.
The Chairman said that at the meeting of the Council in committee they had passed a resolution agreeing to the Order providing the promoters agreed to alter the period of possible purchase from 42 to 30 years; but the promoters had declined to do that. The Council had to consider whether they should adhere to their original decision, or whether they would accept the scheme as it was. Personally, he did not think the Council ought to oppose it. He thought people wanted electricity in the town, and he imagined they all agreed that the Council were not in a position to undertake the matter at the present time. That being so, and as there were persons willing to carry out the undertaking which might be a benefit to people in the town, it seemed to him that the Council ought not to oppose it.
Mr. Bates said he understood that if the Council objected the promoters would still get the Order.
The Clerk said that the promoters thought they would get the Order even if the Council did oppose it, but it was quite possible that they might get their Order limited to 30 years if the Council opposed it on those grounds, and if they did so it was quite possible the promoters would not proceed with the Order.
Mr. Swindall thought they should not in any way bind any Council that might come in 30 years’ time.
Mr. Bazeley could not see any objection to taking the Order as it is.
The Ven. A. Kitchin moved that the Council accept the Order as it is.
Mr. Ballard thought it would be a great mistake if they deviated from the recommendation of the Council in committee.
Mr. Spencer thought that if they could not obtain electricity by
they should get it by private enterprise.
Mr. Knight said his feelings were exactly the same as Mr. Ballard’s. He was surprised at the position his Labour friends were taking in the matter. The Labour members had always been so much opposed to monopolies. He wanted to know how they were going to make the town any better by bringing in another monopoly to compete with the gasworks. It was not going to make light cheaper. (Mr. Spencer: Question!). He did not think it would be very many years before the town could undertake the question. Mr. Clipson had said that electric light was to be the light of the future, and yet he was prepared and quite anxious that private enterprise should have another monopoly to run in opposition to the Gas Company. He was altogether opposed to another monopoly.
Mr. Clipson said his position was that he should be very pleased to see the town undertake the matter, but as there seemed no possibility of the town doing so, he thought it a great shame that the Council should stand in the way of electricity coming into the parish, especially as people, before bringing new industries into the place generally wanted to know if electricity was available. If they opposed the Order they were only standing in their own light.
The Chairman said that to a great extent he agreed with Mr. Knight and Mr. Ballard he should like to see the matter in the hands of the town. But, as there seemed no possibility of this, he did not think they should oppose the promoters of that Order carrying out the undertaking.
The Ven. A. Kitchin’s proposition was carried.
Several applications for the renewal of petroleum licences, etc., were made, all being granted.
A letter was received from the Deputy Divisional Coroner (Mr. J. C. Parker), stating that at a recent inquest the jury considered it advisable for a public mortuary to be provided for Rushden, preferably near the Council Buildings. The letter pointed out how convenient the mortuary would be for holding post-mortem examinations.
The matter was referred to the Health and Sanitary Committee.
Was received, signed by about 60 horse owners, with regard to the tar painting of the roads. The communication drew the attention of the Council to the slippery state of some of the roads in Rushden. The memorialists were of the unanimous opinion that tar being applied on steep gradients was the cause of many of the accidents which had occurred lately.
Mr. Spencer moved that the question be referred to the Highways Committee, and this was agreed to, the Surveyor being instructed to see to the dusting of certain roads when necessary.