|The Rushden Echo, 15th January, 1915, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Plans For Eighty Dwelling Houses Passed Last Year
The Municipal Housing Scheme
Wednesday, present Councillors J. S. Clipson, J.P. (Chairman), T. Swindall (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, J.P., J. Spencer, C. Bates, L. Perkins, B.Sc., F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., and T. Wilmott, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
Mr. Bates asked how the new municipal houses were progressing. Were the builders making satisfactory progress?
The Surveyor said that Mr. Marriott, the contractor, had promised to have four of the houses ready by the end of January, and four more a fortnight later. There had been some little unavoidable delay in getting the materials in the first place, and afterwards through the heavy rains.
Mr. Bates asked if the committee had yet met, in order to consider the names of applicants for the houses.
The Chairman: No.
Mr. Knight said that the people who had hitherto been unable to get houses and were now living in a couple of rooms should have the first claim on the houses.
It was decided that the committee should meet to consider the whole question.
Plans, etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, December 30th, 1914, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), J. Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.
were presented by:-
Messrs. Wm. Claridge and Sons for box shed at the rear of their factory in Wellingborough-road, and passed.
Mr. B. Ladds for additions to his factory in Moor-road, and passed subject to Bye-law No. 68 being complied with.
Mr. Joseph Knight for additions to his factory in York-road and passed subject to the air and light now provided for the existing W.C. not being interfered with, and the door on the side not opening beyond the building line.
Mr. James Jaques for additions to his factory in Fitzwilliam-street and passed subject to Bye-law No. 68 being complied with and satisfactory means of escape in case of fire provided in place of the stair case proposed to be removed.
Messrs. Radburne and Bennett, Limited, for new factory off the Irchester-road and passed subject to compliance with Bye-laws 17 and 28.
Mr. W. Smart for leather shed at the rear of No. 89, Park-road, and no exception taken if consent of adjoining owner obtained.
The Surveyor reported that during the past year plans for the following buildings had been passed:-
A letter was received from Mr. Tysoe asking the Council to asphalt the bank in front of his property on the Higham-road. The Committee decided to meet on the site to consider the matter on Thursday, the 31st inst., at 2.30 p.m.
The Surveyor was instructed to make application to the County surveyor for a sum of £20 on account of the work done in improving the dangerous corners of Griffith-street.
The report was adopted.
Mr. Perkins called attention to the danger arising from the low parapet of the bridge over the Midland Railway in Station-road.
The Clerk said the attention of the M.R. Co. had frequently been called to the fact that the parapet was so low, but it was over the regulation minimum height, and the Company refused to do anything to the bridge.
The Surveyor said that an unclimbable fence might be erected at a cost of £70, according to plans which had been prepared, but the Company wanted the Council to bear the whole of the cost.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 5th January, 1915, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (in the chair), J. Claridge, and Fred Knight.
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 balances were as follows:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £1,680/9/7 were examined and passed for payment.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to increase Mr. Lloyd’s salary from £100 to £110 per annum, dating from the 1st instant.
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 6th Jan., 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (Chairman), J. S. Clipson, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, and G. H. Skinner.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that five cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., three of scarlet fever, one of diphtheria, and one of ophthalmianeonatorum.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that 28 informal notices had been served since the last meeting calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
One lot of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption and the rooms sprayed and fumigated. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1.
A book belonging to the Free Library found in an infected house had also been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the book.
The Inspector also reported that the eaves gutters to the slaughter house at the rear of Mr. Wheeler’s premises in High-street were insufficient to carry off the rainwater, thereby causing a nuisance. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner under Section 35 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907, requiring him to abate the nuisance forthwith.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order
The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received from which it appeared that on the 3rd, 4th, and 7th December, 1914, he visited 34 premises belonging to 29 cowkeepers making a special examination of the udders and throats of the animals. The report was considered satisfactory.
Attention was called to the condition of the footway between Sartoris-road and Wellingborough-road, and the Inspector was instructed to write to the various owners concerned and report to the next meeting.
Slaughter House Licences
Applications were received from Messrs. E. Hollis, E. Warren, and Jas. Knight for renewals for their slaughter house licences, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.
Applications were also received for renewals in respect of petrol and carbide of calcium licences as follows:-
Petrol: J. Austin and Son., Lightstrung Cycle Co., Chas. Bennet, David Nicholson, George Miller.
Carbide: Charles Bennett, David Nicholson, Lightstrung Cycle Co. It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.
The report was adopted.
A committee of retail tradesmen in the town wrote asking the Council to make an order closing all shops in the town on Thursdays at 1 p.m. This, it was stated, would not only give the traders and assistants a half-holiday but would prevent people coming into the town to solicit orders at private houses.
In answer to Mr. Perkins, the Clerk said that there were some smaller shops which were closed on Wednesday afternoon and were opened on Thursday afternoon.
The matter was referred to the Council in committee.
The New Year
The Chairman said that as this was the first meeting of the Council this year he wished the members a happy new year and expressed the hope that peace would be proclaimed this year.