|The Rushden Echo, 16th January, 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
New Buildings During the Year
Congratulations to The Sanitary Inspector
The Municipal Housing Scheme
The Scarcity of Houses
Wednesday, present Councillors C. Bates, J.P., (chairman), J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, John Spencer, L. Perkins, B.Sc., T. Swindall, F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., T. Wilmott, Ven. A. Kitchin, and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 31st Dec., 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.
were presented by :-
Messrs. W. Green and Sons for an engine room in Allen-road at the rear of their factory in Queen-street, and passed subject to the drainage arrangements being made to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.
Messrs. Jaques and Son, Ltd., for box shed near their factory in Station-road and passed.
Mr. John Wix for house on the Bedford-road and passed.
Mr. F. Noble for w.c. and barn for house in Dayton-street and passed.
The Rushden and District Electric Supply Co., Ltd., for conversion of builders’ shed into a permanent store shed, and passed on the distinct understanding that the buildings as existing would be altered accordingly.
The surveyor reported that during the past year plans for the following buildings had been passed :-
A letter was received from the Postmaster at Wellingborough making application on behalf of the Post Office to be allowed to fix a letter pillar box on the footpath opposite the Sub-office on the Wellingborough-road.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application.
The Surveyor reported that the County Surveyor had visited Rushden and inspected the dangerous corners in this district which the Council suggested should be included in the list to be submitted to the Road Board.
The Surveyor was instructed to repair the stile at the junction of the footpath leading to the Wharf with the Hayway, which was in a bad condition.
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 6th January, 1914, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), J. Claridge, 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:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £1448/1/9, were examined and passed for payment.
Memorandum of General District Rate
The Collector submitted the following Memorandum of General District Rate made on the 23rd day of April, 1913:-
The Collector also submitted a list of the irrecoverable amounts, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to write same off.
Finance (1909-10) Act 1910
Duties of Land Values
The Clerk submitted the following Provisional Valuations, which were accepted :-
It was resolved to recommend the Council to increase Mr. J. W. Lloyd’s salary from £90 to £100 per annum, dating from the 1st instant.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 7th January, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), C. Bates, W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, G. H. Skinner, and T. Swindall.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Chairman reported that Mr. F. J. Allen, the Inspector of Nuisances, had been successful in passing the examination of the Royal Sanitary Institute for Inspectors of meat and other foods and had been granted the certificate. The Committee congratulated Mr. Allen thereon.
The Medical Officer reported that fourteen cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., seven of scarlet fever, one of erysipelas, and six of tuberculosis.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of December, 33 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
The Inspector also reported that the work required to be done to Messrs. Groome and Sons’ cottages was in hand.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work for the past month.
Applications were received from Messrs. G. Denton, jun., J. Austin and Son, G. Miller, C. Chamberlain, and D. Nicholson for renewals of their petrol licences, and acceded to.
Applications were also received from Messrs. R. Jarvis and D. Nicholson for renewals of their carbide licences and acceded to.
Applications were received from Messrs. E. Hollis, E. Warren, and J. Knight for renewals of their slaughter-house licences, and acceded to.
Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order
The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 4th, 5th, and 6th December, 1913, he visited 28 premises, belonging to 26 cow-keepers, and inspected 247 cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats.
The report was considered very satisfactory.
Mr. Swindall was voted to the Cemetery Sub-Committee, who decided to meet on Friday next at 6 p.m., to consider various matters requiring immediate consideration, and were authorised to report direct to the Council at their next meeting.
Spitting in Public Buildings, Etc.
The Clerk submitted a notification from the County Council of the following bye law recently made by that Council and now in force in the Administrative County of Northampton :-
“No person shall spit on the floor side or wall of any public carriage or of any public hall, public waiting-room or place of public entertainment, whether admission thereto be obtained upon payment or not.”
“Any person offending against this bye-law shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings.”
New Sewage Works
The Clerk reported that at the request of the Surveyor he had made an application to the Midland Railway Company to be allowed to lay an electric cable and water main under their Bridge No. 7 leading to the Council’s outfall works. The Company had written agreeing to this proposal subject to the Council entering into the usual agreement and paying an acknowledgement rent of £1 per annum.
The Committee agreed to recommend the Council to accept the Company’s terms.
The Council expressed hearty congratulations to Mr. Allen on his success, Mr. Clipson stating that these examinations were now harder than ever. Mr. Allen’s success, he said, was a very creditable one.
The whole of the report was adopted.
A meeting of the Cemetery Sub-Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Friday, the 9th January, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, and T. Swindall.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to give instructions for the Cemetery to be opened to the public from 9.30 a.m. on Sundays instead of from 12.30 p.m., as at present, and to instruct the Surveyor to arrange with one of the caretaker’s assistants to be in attendance.
It was also resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the caretaker to allow the Cemetery to remain open for an extra half-hour on Christmas-eve.
Reserved Grave Spaces
The Caretaker attended the meeting and informed the Committee that there were 16 vacant grave spaces in the older part of the Cemetery which had been reserved many years ago, and asked instructions as to filling up same.
It was resolved to ask the Registrar to get out a list of persons for whom the spaces had been reserved, with the date of reservation, and then communicate with the persons concerned and enquire if they desired the time extending.
Purchased Grave Spaces
It was resolved to ask the Registrar to get out a list of grave spaces on which a deposit had been paid but the purchase not completed, with a view to requiring completion forthwith.
The report was adopted.
Mr. Bazeley, according to notice, moved that a committee consisting of one-third of the Council be appointed a Municipal Housing Committee. He said : When municipal bodies take up the Housing Act it is usual to have a Housing Committee to assist the Surveyor all they possibly can in carrying the scheme through. I think it is time this Council appointed such a committee. I hope we shall soon have the cottages being built. I am sure the situation in Rushden is getting worse and worse. Complaints as to the shortage of houses are increasing, and I think this is an opportune time to have this committee appointed, so that we can get the scheme in order as soon as possible and so that there will be no hindrances, then the houses can be occupied at the earliest possible moment. Owing to the present scarcity of houses in Rushden we hear that some of the landlords are making capital out of the situation and are raising the rents 9d. a week, and not for a very good class of house, either. With this situation facing us, and with people being driven from Rushden because of their not being able to get houses in the town, I hope the committee will be appointed, so that everything will be done as expeditiously as possible. Before the tenants occupy municipal cottages it is usual for the committee to draw up rules and regulations for the tenants.
Mr. Claridge seconded and said that perhaps it would be wise to appoint a committee of this kind, which would undertake the duties in connection with the housing.
Mr. Spencer supported and said he had hoped that they would be called together before this to receive the tenders. He could verify all that Mr. Bazeley had said with regard to the scarcity of houses in Rushden. He hoped the Council would use all the powers they possibly could, so as to have these houses finished as soon as possible.
The motion was carried, and Messrs. Bates, Clipson, Wilmott, and Bazeley were appointed to the committee.