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Rushden Echo, 11th January, 1918, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

GLEBE FARM FOR ALLOTMENTS
More Light Wanted in the Streets
The Housing Question and the Food Problem
Discharged Soldiers and Sailors

  Wednesday, present: Councillors J. Spencer, J.P. (chairman), T. Wilmott (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, and T. Swindall, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE

  A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, December 19th, 1917, when there were present: Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, and F. Knight.

PLANS

were presented for:

  Extension to factory in Upper Queen-street for Messrs. W. Green & Son, and no exception taken.

  A billiard-room and conservatory to his house on the Knuston-road for Mr. Joseph Knight, and passed.

  Lavatory to factory in George-street for Messrs. Harris Bros., and passed.

HEALTH AND SANITARY REPORTS

  The report of the Medical Officer for the month of December was received.

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting 25 preliminary notices had been issued, calling attention to nuisances, etc., all of which were receiving attention.

  A quantity of outwork discovered in a house from which a case of infectious disease had been notified, had been disinfected before being returned to the owner.

  The Inspector also reported that a quantity of rabbits, tins of fish, fruit, etc., that had been voluntarily surrendered, had been destroyed as unfit for food.

  The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work since the last meeting.

DAIRIES, COWSHEDS, & MILKSHOPS ORDER

  The Inspector also reported that an application had been received from the Industrial Co-operative Society to be registered as cowkeepers and purveyors of milk and their name had been placed on the register.

  The quarterly report of the Veterinary Inspector was received, from which it appeared that on December 5th, 7th, 10th, and 11th, he visited 33 premises and inspected 236 cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats.

  The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to see certain of the owners with regard thereto, and authorised to have milk from certain cows analysed.

PUBLIC LIGHTING

  A letter was received from Mr. E. Freeman requesting that an additional lamp be lighted in the Rectory-road.

  The Surveyor was instructed to confer with the Police Authorities, and if possible arrange for the lamp at the top of George-street to be lighted.

RECTORY ESTATE – KING’S-ROAD

  The Committee further considered the offer from Messrs. Miller & Skinner to pay to the Council the sum of £233  5s.  7d., the balance of their contract outstanding for the completion of these roads, owing to the difficulty experienced by the contractor in obtaining the material, etc.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to accept Messrs. Miller & Skinner’s offer, and upon receipt of the money to forthwith declare the streets public highways repairable by the inhabitants at large.

GLEBE FARM

  A letter was received from the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries stating that the Incumbent of Rushden had applied to the Board for their approval of a sale of certain glebe lands, which included several parcels at present let for allotment purposes, and asking for the observations of the Council thereon.  The letter also enclosed copy of correspondence that had passed between the Board and the proposed purchaser’s solicitors with reference to a suggestion that the purchaser and the Urban Council should be consulted as to the feasibility of the land in question being purchased or taken on lease by the Council for allotments.  The Committee were given to understand that a similar communication had been made to the Allotment Association and that the proposed purchaser was prepared to give the Allotment Association a lease of the land at present let to them for a term of five years at the rent now paid, and, further, not to disturb any of the other holders for the period of the War or for a term of two years, whichever shall be the longer.

  Having regard to the above and the fact that the Association had in the past so successfully dealt with the provision of allotments, it was resolved to recommend the Council to take no action other than ask that the terms to the Association with regard to a five years’ lease be extended to the other allotment holders.

SAND CART

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to purchase a sand-cart from Messrs. Smith & Sons, of Barnard Castle, at the price of £42, for the purpose of more effectively spraying the roads in frosty weather.

FACTORY AND WORKSHOP WELFARE

  An Order dated October 9th, 1917, from the Home Office, was received, whereby it was made compulsorily for all factories and workshops employing 25 or more persons to provide an adequate supply of wholesome drinking water conveniently accessible at all times.

  The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to visit the factories in the district and report to the next meeting.

WASTE FOOD, PAPER, ETC.

  A Circular from the Local Government Board was received drawing attention to the importance at the present time of utilising waste food, particularly fat and bones, and other organic waste, both of animal and vegetable origin, and also waste paper, cardboard, etc., wherever this is practicable.

DAY WORK CARTING

  The Surveyor reported that Mr. W. G. Wilmott had made application for the rate for carting tins, etc., to be increased to tenpence per hour.

  The Committee agreed, and decided to recommend the Council accordingly.

  The report was adopted, and the Clerk reported that the amount offered by Mr. Miller and Mr. Skinner had now been received.

FINANCE & ESTATES COMMITTEE

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, January 1st, 1918, at 10 a.m., when there were present: Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Bates, 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:-


£

s

d

Week ending Dec. 6th, 1917

34

1

3

Week ending Dec. 13th, 1917

32

15

9

Week ending Dec. 20th, 1917

33

2

7

Week ending Dec. 27th, 1917

33

9

3

COLLECTOR’S ACCOUNTS

  The Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

General district rate

819

1

11

Fittings

9

1

6

Cottage rents

41

11

9

Burial fees, etc

8

4

0

TREASURER’S ACCOUNTS

  The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Free Library, fees, fines, etc

1

9

7

Paymaster General, in lieu of rates

17

12

10

Collector, district rate

819

1

11

Collector, fittings

9

1

6

Collector, cottages

51

6

3

Cemetery Registrar, burial fees, etc

8

4

0

Total

906

16

1

And that the following balances were in his hands:-


£

s

d

General account

1901

3

4

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan account No. 27

107

11

11

TRADESMEN’S AND OTHER ACCOUNTS

  A number of accounts amounting to £693  19s.  3d. were examined and passed for payment.

STAFF

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to grant the following increases in salary, the increase in each case to date from the 1st instant:-

Mr. J. J. Allen, £10 per annum.

Mr. J. Hazeldine, 5s. per week.

Mrs. Buckle, 1s. per week.

Miss Madin, 2s.  6d. per week.

Mr. G. S. Turner, 2s.  6d. per week.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION, ETC., IN FRANCE

  A letter was received from the Hon. Secretary of the Committee formed to organise and collect funds for providing necessaries and comforts for road construction and quarrying companies in France, appealing for subscriptions.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to subscribe the sum of five guineas thereto.

  The report was adopted.

LIBRARY COMMITTEE

  Mr. Claridge reported on the meeting of the Library Committee on Tuesday night.  The committee had considered an application from Miss Mantle (librarian), asking for an increase in her salary.  The committee recommended that the salary be increased from 14s. to 17s.  6d. a week, with a bonus of 2s.  6d. weekly.  He moved that the Council concur.

  Mr. Bazeley seconded, and said that £1 a week now was no better than 14s. a week before the war.

  The proposition was carried.

DARK NIGHTS

  The Wellingborough Urban Council wrote asking the Rushden Council to join Kettering and other Councils in asking the Chief Constable of the County for some modification of the lighting conditions.

  Mr. Bates moved that the request be acceded to.

  Mr. Knight seconded, and mentioned the case of a man who ran into a wall and broke some of his teeth.

  Mr. Bazeley said it seemed to him to be bordering on the ridiculous that in a town so far inland as Rushden the darkness of the streets should be so marked.  Rushden was the worst lighted town, since the war, that he knew.

  The Chairman said that on Sunday a man had several cuts in his face through an accident in the darkness.

  The proposition was carried.

HOUSING AND FOOD

  A letter was received from the Rushden Free Church Council expressing the opinion that there is a real need for more working-class houses in Rushden.

  The Rushden and District Trades and Labour Council wrote in the same strain with regard to the housing question, and they also forwarded a copy of a resolution they had passed asking that a town’s meeting should be called on the question of the need for a more equal distribution of food in the town.

  Mr. Bazeley said that at the meeting of the Rushden branch of the Boot and Shoe Operatives Union on Monday the Labour members of the Urban Council were asked to request the Chairman of the Council to convene a town’s meeting on the housing question, in order to test the feeling of the public on the matter.  Kettering had already submitted their housing scheme to the Local Government Board.  As the Rushden Council acted in so reactionary a manner at the last meeting, in refusing to have plans prepared showing how the estate proposed to be purchased could be properly developed, the Boot Operatives’ Union members thought a town’s meeting should be held to deal with the matter.

  The Chairman said he thought notice should be given of a proposition of this nature.  At the same time, seeing the depleted state of the Council and the fact that it was elected so long ago, he thought it would be a wise thing for the Council to consult the town on such a matter.

  Mr. Bazeley: I give notice to move a proposition on the housing question at the next meeting of the Council.  There was not time to get the matter put on the agenda for this meeting.

  The Chairman said that with regard to the food queues, he thought the Food Control Committee had already dealt with that matter in a very satisfactory manner.  They had already dealt with margarine, and probably sooner or later they would have to adopt some kind of rationing scheme for other articles.

DISCHARGED SOLDIERS

  Mr. S. Groome, secretary of the Rushden branch of the Discharged Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Association, wrote asking the Urban Council if they would send a request to Sir Leo Money, M.P. for this district, asking him to oppose any provision in the Man-Power Bill dealing with men discharged from the Forces through disablement or ill-health, as the members of the Rushden branch did not think that any man should be forced a second time until every man had served once.

  The Chairman said they were all sympathetic towards the discharged soldiers and sailors.  Every member of the Council would render them every possible assistance, but at present he did not know the provisions of the Bill on this matter.

  The Clerk: They are asking the Council to oppose something which may not be in the Bill.

  Mr. Bazeley said it would be cruel if these men, who through injuries received on service had been exempted, were again called up.

  The question was allowed to remain over until the next meeting in order that the members might get to know the provisions of the Bill.



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